When you go on a trip, you can’t forget about the souvenirs.
You can buy them as a memento of your trip, or you can give them away to your family and friends.
It is said that the custom of buying souvenirs on a trip started when people visited Ise Grand Shrines in the Edo period.
In those days, travel across the country was restricted and only the common people were allowed to visit Ise Grand Shrines. However, the cost of the trip was so expensive that it was not easy to visit, so the act of bringing back things from Ise instead of those who couldn’t go led to the custom of buying souvenirs at the destination.
Therefore, you can say that souvenirs from Mie Prefecture have the longest history in Japan.
So, let’s find out what souvenirs are absolutely delightful to take back to Mie Prefecture, which is a treasure trove of souvenirs!
One of the most popular souvenirs of Mie Prefecture is the Akafuku Mochi.
This is one of the major souvenirs from Mie Prefecture, which is well known throughout the country.
These are so-called ankoro mochi, but they are still carefully made one by one, and each anko (red bean paste) is formed with three streaks of waves that are hand-applied by the staffs. This is said to represent the flow of the Isuzu River that runs through the Ise Shrine.
The Akafuku Main Store is a 140-year-old traditional building located in the Oharai Machi Street of Ise Jingu Shrine. Why not buy a souvenir of Ise, the Akafuku Mochi, at this historic shop?
The next one I would like to introduce is the Ise Udon.
Rika always buys it whenever she visits her hometown, Ise.
What makes it special is the softness of the noodles.
Boiled for nearly an hour, the extra thick noodles are chewy and fluffy and seem to melt in your mouth.
I recommend eating these noodles with sweet and spicy sauce and chopped green onion.
You can easily buy them at supermarkets in Mie Prefecture, so please give it a try.
Rika recommends this one as well.
Iwatokan, an inn located along the approach to the Futami Okitama Shrine, sells the natural salt called “Futami Hifumi Iwato-no-Shio”.
The salt, which is said to be dedicated to Ise Grand Shrines, is made by assembling seawater, one cup at a time, and boiling it down by hand.
Therefore, unlike commercial refined table salt, it is full of sea minerals.
Citrus fruits are cultivated in the southeastern part of the Kii Peninsula, where the climate is mild throughout the year.
Onshu mandarin oranges are especially popular in the eastern Kishu, as well as in the Kihoku and Kinan regions, where about 75% of the citrus grown is from the Onshu region.
If it is processed into juice, it is easier to take home as a souvenir. The product in the photo is a calamandarin juice from Atashika Fruit Farm in Kumano City.
Try the juice of Mie’s oranges, which are harvested throughout the year.
Mie Prefecture is famous throughout the country for its tea production.
It boasts the third largest share of green tea production in Japan, following Shizuoka and Kagoshima prefectures.
Ise Tea is produced in the Ise region of Mie prefecture.
In particular, Kabuse-cha, which is cultivated by covering the entire tea plantation with a black net about two weeks before harvesting to shield it from the sun, is well known, and has less bitterness, mellowness, and flavor than tea harvested by the normal method.
2. Miscellaneous Goods
Ise cotton is a cotton product produced in Tsu and the surrounding Ise region in Mie Prefecture.
It is characterized by the use of “single yarn,” which is woven with extra-long threads. Compared to most cotton fabrics, the yarns are closer to cotton and have a soft and fluffy texture, and even if they become wrinkled, they tend to return to their original state.
There are handkerchiefs, hand towels and cloth masks as souvenirs, but in addition to traditional patterns, many are sold in modern designs, so you’re sure to find something to suit your taste.
The Matsusaka Momen is a type of Ise cotton especially woven in Matsusaka area.
It is characterized by the use of natural indigo yarn dyed in advance, and the pattern is called “Matsusaka Jima” in reference to its striped pattern.
The Matsusaka Momen, which looks plain from a distance, became very popular in the town of Edo, as the various stripe patterns that appear when you get a closer look are chic. In kabuki, there is an expression describing to wear a kimono with a striped pattern is called “To wear Matsusaka”.
It is said that the Iga braid technique was introduced from the continent with the introduction of Buddhism in the Nara period (710-784), and has a very long history.
Initially, it was used for sutra scrolls and monk’s uniform, etc. Nowadays, it is an indispensable handicraft for Japanese clothing, such as obi strings.
Iga Braid is made of raw silk threads and gold and silver threads, and is made in the traditional way of braiding with Kakudai, Marudai, Takadai and Aya Bamboo Stand. It is especially famous for its hand braided strings, which have a unique texture created by beautifully dyed silk threads.
These are just a few of the souvenirs from Mie Prefecture.
In addition to food products from the sea and mountains, there are also numerous items such as pearls and other jewelry and traditional crafts.
In Mie Prefecture, which boasts a long history, you can also get red seals at shrines and other goods at historic sites. And just taking a picture of the beautiful scenery can be a great souvenir.
In the fascinating Mie Prefecture, everything can be a souvenir.
When you visit Mie Prefecture, be sure to check out the souvenirs for your own trip.
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