Hi, everyone! It is almost Halloween, so our classrooms are decorated with Halloween colors! Spooky!
Gifu, having many mountains and a rich natural environment, is a prefecture located just about in the center of Japan. The northern part of the prefecture is known for a castle town, located on the Hidatakayama that emits the historical atmosphere of the Edo Era, and near Fukuyama Prefecture is a village of ridgepole cottages known one of the World Heritage Sites. In the south is Kisoji, a well-known main road which cuts through the mountains and connects Edo and Kyoto. The historic battlefield of the decisive “Battle of Sekigahara” is also in this prefecture.
The most popular food in this historically rich prefecture is without doubt, the Hida Beef. The marbled beef nurtured by the cool climate has a delectable sweetness, yet succulent and is something that we all must at least bring to our mouths. Another well-known traditional food in the Hida area is the Hooba miso (magnolia soybean paste), which is used commonly in the breakfast menus of Japanese inns. By roasting onions and shiitake mushrooms placed on the Hooba leaves and then topping these on freshly cooked rice, you will be eating a bowl of bottomless rice! Let us all embrace and enjoy the wonderful history and gourmets Gifu has to offer.