Our site uses cookies and other technologies to give you the best possible experience. By using this site you are consenting to their use and accept our policies. Learn more...

Japan Food Quest: Kyushu

Kumamoto Salad Onions
A Vegetable-led Revival

VOD for this program is no longer available.

Aired: Aug. 12, 2016

Program
Information

Kumamoto Salad Onions
A Vegetable-led Revival

Salad Onions are produced in the city of Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture. It has a mild taste and can be eaten raw even without running it in water. Suitable in Ashikita, Minamata’s climate, it has been cultivated there for the past 30 years. The area is known as the origin point of Minamata disease, a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning which was a result of industrial pollution. The reputation of Salad Onions had been damaged by the incident. For this very reason, producers strived to cultivate safe crops and in time, Salad Onions became known as a leading brand in Japan.

It is sold in the highest price at the Ota market in Tokyo. The average age of Salad Onions producers’ is 67 years old. Every year, new farmers join in to produce the crop. 30 years ago, there had only been 3 farmers and 0.05 hectares of land, but now there are over a hundred farmers and 64 hectares of land for Salad Onions production. Bred within Ashikita, Minamata’s history and climate, it has grown into a top-selling brand through the love and effort of the producers.

Shop Information

木村蒲鉾店
Kimura Kamaboko

Share via Email

Address:
3-4-2 Sakuraicho Minamata-shi, Kumamoto Map


Saratama Festival (held in late March)

Share via Email

Saratama dressing and other products available.

Address:
Michi no Eki Minamata
54-162 Tsukinoura Minamata-shi, Kumamoto Map


Restaurants where you can eat dishes using Saratama

JA Ashikita Restaurant Gyugyu-tei

Share via Email

Address:
443 Sashiki Ashikitamachi Ashikitagun, Kumamoto Map


喜楽食堂
Kiraku Shokudo

Share via Email

Address:
36 Higashimachi Kurume-shi, Fukuoka Map

Gallery

More Videos To Explore

Our Series

Catch Japan Explore a colorful variety of modern Japan’s most popular topics, including food, technology, ecology and regional promotions, with a focus on the innovative ideas and passionate effort from the people behind it all.
Explore Japan This series will feature how various culture in modern Japan and overseas blend together and influence each other.
SPIRIT OF JAPAN A documentary series that features remarkable industries in Japan. The program introduces the history and wisdom behind Japan’s technological strength and specialties, which are helping to revitalize regional areas of the country.
Spirit of Resilience In 2020, the novel coronavirus created a worldwide catastrophe. In Japan, communities are attempting to balance social and economic needs while keeping the virus under control. This series features stories of people who are standing strong amidst difficulties and continuing to explore new paths.
At One with Nature – National Parks of Japan In this series, we’ll visit national parks in Japan to meet the people that call them home, enjoy seasonal views that have inspired artists and writers for centuries, and explore their landmarks.
ASEAN Now and the Future II – Discover New Buena Vista This series involved a new set of partners. It was produced by TV broadcasters in Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, with advice from visiting program production experts from NHK International in Japan.
Washoku World Challenge The series will follow the regional qualifying tournaments and the final tournament of the sixth “Washoku World Challenge,” a cooking contest in which non-Japanese Washoku chefs from throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Japan will pit their skills against one another, as they strive in earnest to inherit, pass on and cultivate their Washoku cooking skills.
Check Other Series