Yamagata Prefecture governor Mieko Yoshimura visited Honolulu last month to introduce products from her prefecture. Among the products Yoshimura and Japanese actor Eiichiro Funakoshi introduced were Yamagata’s artisan woodworks and crafts, its sake, Yonezawa beef, imoni (taro and meat soup) and its famous Tsuyahime rice.

A special reception for invited guests was held at the Japanese Consulate on Oct. 7 so they could sample some of Yamagata’s delicacies. There was also a kendama demonstration and a video presentation about Yamagata.

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