October 1, 2008

Eating Out on This Special Day/この特別な日に外食

October 1 is the first day of the year on which newly harvested premium Shiozawa Koshihikari rice is released.
I happen to live in the Shiozawa area of Minami Uonuma city, Niigata prefecture. In Japan, Koshihikari rice produced in the Shiozawa and other surrounding areas is regarded as the very best rice.
On this special day, some local restaurants and accommodation facilities start the "Shiozawa Shinmai (New Rice) Campaign", offering genuine Minami Uonuma-produced Koshihikari rice. The campaign lasts until November 3, when the Shiozawa Industrial Fair is held.
On October 1, I went to one of those participating restaurants to have lunch.
Set meal with chicken tatsuta age:

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