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Origin of

school lunch

Modern day school lunches served in Japanese schools is said to originate from a Buddhist temple in Tsuruoka by civilian efforts to provide lunch for poor children at the end of the 19th century.  

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Tsuruoka's specialties

No trips will be complete without bring back memories in the form of souvenirs! 

Tsuruoka Food Preservation

In 2014, Tsuruoka was designated the first UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in Japan.

Tsuruoka Nihonshu

The success of the concept of brewing for quality was brought to light when, in 2004, Yamagata won more gold medals than any other prefectur

Kitamaebune and Hinagashi

Hinagashi (sweets to offer at the Dolls’ Festival) are typically made to reflect the specialties of the region. They include ingredients tho

Dewa Sanzan - Shojin Ryori

More than 1,400 years ago, monks practicing Haguro Shugendo, a form of mountain asceticism that is a highly syncretic religion dating from 5

Kurokawa Noh and Food Culture

Noh drama is one of the oldest major forms of theater art performed today and Kurokawa Noh is the local tradition that has been preserved fo