SOBA (buckwheat noodles)
Why is Ono SOBA so good?
It is because of the climate. Ono city is surrounded by mountains and has a large temperature difference between day and night.
This geographical feature is perfect for growing small but flavorful buckwheat.
You will enjoy the aromatic buckwheat flavor in every bite of Ono’s SOBA.
Ono spring water is soft water and it is especially suitable for Japanese cuisine.
Using Ono water makes the best SOBA. Water is essential in SOBA making, boiling the noodles, rinsing them, and making the dipping sauce.
SHOYU (soy sauce)
They say where there is pure water, there is fermentation culture. Ono’s fermentation culture began in the Edo period and is still active.
There are quite a few soy sauce breweries in the city.
Each family has their favorite soy sauce brewery and their favorite taste which is passed on generation by generation. This is one example of Ono’s wonderful culture
(Kudzu starch coated
adzuki bean balls)
Ono MIZU MANJU looks as clear as Ono spring water.
The subtle sweetness and soft Ono water enhances the flavor of the adzuki bean paste.
MIZU MANJU is a summer sweet in Japan. When it appears in the shops, we know that summer has come.
SATOIMO (Japanese Taro)
SATOIMO is one of Ono’s specialties.
Ono’s Satoimo is grown in the pure and cold water of Ono’s springs. Satoimo are rather small in size but very flavorful.
Cooking it with the skin is the Ono way.
We are proud of the thick and creamy texture of Ono’s Satoimo which you will find very special.
It’s hard enough that it does not fall apart easily when simmered.
Izumi district is the most mountainous area in Ono. This is the land of Kuzuryu Maitake mushrooms.
Kuzuryu Maitake is carefully grown in a strictly controlled green house, as if in the morning haze. Its thick flesh is full of flavor.
You will experience the ‘Ono taste’ of Maitake through its flavor, fragrance, and texture.
SAKE (Japanese rice wine)
In Ono, we have four Sake breweries where they brew high quality SAKE.
The harsh winter and the deep snow mature the flavorful SAKE.
Ono’s exclusive water and rice, and the skills with persistency of the brewers make an exceptional variety of SAKE.
Please enjoy our SAKE with our SATOIMO and *TONCHAN.
*TONCHAN: Beef or pork offal seasoned with miso. It is also called HORMONE. It’s cooked in various ways, such as grilled or simmered.
The pure and bountiful water, the drastic temperature differences between day and night caused by the basin topography, and dedicated farming, come together to make good rice.
What makes Ono rice delicious is the fertile natural environment and the effort of the hard-working people.
Rice is a simple enough food to reflect the quality of the Ono water and the Ono environment more clearly. Simple ingredients are the best way to experience the products of the fertile land and high quality Ono water.
Please enjoy our plain steamed rice cooked with Ono spring water.
(also known as MIZU YOKAN,
curded adzuki bean paste)
MIZU YOKAN is a winter food in Ono.
MIZU YOKAN is generally a summer sweet, but here in Ono we enjoy it in the winter.
Long ago, when apprentices, who are called Decchi, returned home for the holidays, they brought it back as a gift to their families. This is the reason why MIZU YOKAN is called DECCHI YOKAN in Ono.
ADZUKI beans are cooked in Ono spring water and then carefully strained. Agar is then added to make smooth and tasty YOKAN.
Ono DECCHI YOKAN is very thick compared with the ordinary Mizu Yokan and this is its special feature.
Enjoy this chilled and sweet DECCHI YOKAN with your family sitting around the KOTATSU, a Japanese style heated table. What a superb moment!
Ono is a snowy country side surrounded by mountains. The heavy snowfall brings Ono the pure and tasty spring water.
Ono Pure water is one of the 100 most exquisite and Well-Conserved Waters in Japan. The soft and pure water is suitable for Japanese cuisine.
The spring water soaks in and brings out the flavor of each ingredient. When used to cook rice, rice becomes moist and when used to cook vegetables, the flavor is enhanced.
It is said that the flavor of simmered Ono Satoimo cannot be created without Ono water.
Ono water is as good to drink as it is, for steaming rice or mixing with alcohol.
We hope you enjoy Ono Pure Water in many ways.