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The History of Toba

Toba city once was known as “Miketsukuni,” the province that was chosen to supply food to the Imperial family and Imperial court. Later its reputation spread out nationwide through the innumerable honorable services provided by the Kuki naval force during the Sengoku Period.
Subsequently, during the Edo period, Toba City played a significant role as a bustling port for ships between Osaka and Edo (now known as Tokyo). Opinions regarding the origin of the name ‘Toba’ are divided but according to one of the theories, it is said to have come from the word, ‘Tomariba’, which means ‘a place to stay and take a rest’.

Moreover, in the Meiji Period, Kokichi Mikimoto, who was the first person to succeed in pearl farming, widely publicised the beautiful scenery of this region as well as the charm of its pearls.
During the Showa Period, the whole area of Toba City was designated as a National Park and Toba City was selected as one of the 12 Japanese Cities of International Tourism and Culture.
Now, Toba’s beautiful marine landscape and the active life of the diving fishermen and women attract as many people as the everlasting shine the beautiful pearls.

Customs in Toba

HOSU
~A Unique Food Preservation Method~

In Toba we dry fish, seaweed, and vegetables to preserve them. By exposing foods to wind and sunlight, we not only able to keep them but we also enhance their taste.

(One example) is how we boil sweet potatoes and dry them in the sun. We call the potatoes “Kinko” because they look like dried sea cucumbers (‘namako’).

(Another example) s how we prepare shark. It is called “Same no Tare” and is very delicious.

Noshi Awabi - a thin string of dried abalone (often bound as a gift)

It is customary to wrap formal gifts with paper called ‘noshigami’ and to place monetary gifts in envelopes called ‘noshibukuro’. Both of these have their origins in ‘noshiawabi’, stretched and dried strips of abalone that are still made in Toba.

A visit to the Grand Shrine of Ise requires many kinds of ritual items. One of these is ‘noshiawabi’ (strips of dried abalone). In events dating back nearly 2,000 years, the ritual offering of noshiawabi to the Grand Shrine of Ise takes place in Kuzaki. After shelling, the flesh is thinly sliced and each slice is carefully dried. From June to August, you can see this work being carried out at Ise Jingu’s abalone processing plant.

Gifts to Pregnant Women

It is customary of Toba to give pregnant women pairs of abalone because abalone has also been known to be good for the eyes and it is said that eating abalone during pregnancy will give the child beautiful eyes.
Abalone is highly regarded in Toba for its health benefits and is believed to help maintain beauty and cure disease.

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