A set of “okowa” (steamed rice with red beans) produced by the “okami” (traditional chief service manager) of Sekichotei, a traditional Japanese restaurant in Fukuoka Prefecture. The delicate taste is brought out by using local additive-free seasoning and the finest ingredients such as “MINOU ITTON” brand pork, which is famous for being raised stress free; three-year-matured soy sauce; and “FUYU” persimmon puree. After being soaked in a special sauce, the okowa is quick-frozen and only the best parts of the sweet “kakuni” (stewed pork) are added to the top before the okowa are vacuum-packed. Just by microwaving, the refined bamboo aroma and the sweet kakuni flavor can easily be enjoyed at home. The word “Hotomeki” used in the product name is a local dialect phrase that means “cordial hospitality.” The okowa are special products wrapped in bamboo leaf and rush grass, which are associated with the Japanese beauty of kimono, “obi” (kimono belt) and “obijime” (a rope that is used to decorate the obi).
We have high quality pork producers and 100-year-old soy sauce producers in our region. As a company engaged in the restaurant business, our okowa series was born in pursuit of a product that we can make using such local ingredients. We pay respect to all of the ingredients and we were particular about using traditional Japanese material and shapes: for example, you can see this in how carefully each roll is wrapped with rush grass. By receiving the gold award, we are delighted that we can promote our town, which is full of cultural traditions.