Best known as Ise Shrine, one of the most famous shrines, which  originated tourism in Japan

Mie prefecture is located on the east side of Kii Peninsula on the Honshu island. It is best known as Ise Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in Japan.


In the Edo Period around 200 to 400 years ago, having a trip to Ise Shrine became popular, which is said to be an origin of tourism in Japan. 

Ise Shrine considered the most sacred shrine in Japan as the Naiku, the Inner Shrine that is said to have been built over 2,000 years ago, enshrines  Amaterasu Omikami, the Sun God. The imperial family is a descendant of Amaterasu Omikami, thus Ise Shrine historically has had a strong connection to the imperial family.

Ise Shrine is unique in that it is entirely torn down and rebuilt every 20 years by following an ancient Shinto tradition. 

Mastusaka gyu - one of the highest graded beefs in Japan
Yokkaichi tonteki - thickly cut pork roasted with sauce and garlic
Sanma zushi - lightly pressed sushi rice topped with picked saury

Gikakushi paper means paper that imitates leather. Its production method was first discovered by someone in Mie and tobacco pouches made by Gikakushi became popular souvenirs for tourists to Ise Shrine.

Iga Kumihimo is braided Cord made of think silk threads from 8th century. It is was used for religious tools, but nowadays it is widely used to tie obi belt for kimono. Ise Katagami, finely cut paper stencils, is another local product in Mie. It is used for decorating kimono patterns. 


Kikka Gohan Donabe


Discover the deliciousness of Japanese rice cooked in clay pots

The Kikka Gohan Donabe by GINPO demonstrates innovation that supports a modern lifestyle. You can cook rice in 30 minutes without fuss or mess. The pot has water level scales inscribed inside, eliminating the need for a measuring cup. Its two-layer lid structure prevents the water from boiling over. From its own factory in Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture, GINPO develops original clay and glaze that are best suited for creating ceramic pots. The donabe is microwave safe.

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