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A must for all food lovers : “National Donburi Summit in Minami 2014” on Nov.15th (Sat) & 16th (Sun)

“The Zenkoku Donburi Summit (National Donburi Summit)”


Held all over Japan since 2010, this event makes food lovers drool just hearing the name. The 6th event will be held this year in Minami-chō, Kaifu-gun, Tokushima Prefecture on November 15th (Sat) and 16th (Sun).



As you can guess from the title, rice bowl dishes from all over Japan will be on offer at the event.

Dishes such as…

“Uwajima Tai-meshi Don (Sea bream rice bowl)” from Ehime,

“Tsukumi Hyūga Don (Tuna rice bowl)” from Ōita,

“Komagane Sauce-katsu Don (Pork cutlet rice bowl)” from Nagano,

“Shōnan Shirasu no Odawara Sanshoku Don (3 kinds of Whitebait on rice)” from Kanagawa,

“Niigata Tare-katsu Don (Pork cutlet rice bowl)” from Niigata,

“Notoushi Roast Beef Don”, “Notoushi Gyūsuji Don (Beef tendon stew on rice)” and “Notogaki Bukkake Don (Cooked oysters on rice)” from Ishikawa,

“Aizu Jidori Karaage Don (Deep fried free range chicken on rice)” and “Date no Gyūtan Toritoro yaki Don (Beef tongue and chicken on rice)” from Fukushima,

“Kan Shimame-zuke Don (Pickled Japanese Flying Squid on rice)” from Shimane,

“Muroto Kinme Don (Splendid alfonsino and other fish on rice)” from Kōchi


Altogether, 29 kinds of Donburi will be assembled to tickle the tastebuds!







Under normal circumstances it isn’t possible to eat such ‘local’ donburi unless you visit the area they’re from. This event, however, brings all these dishes together in one place. It would be a waste not to go!


This mouth-watering extravaganza will be held in the parking lot of “Yakuō-ji” temple, which incidentally, is the 23rd temple of Shikoku Hachijū Hachi kasho (The 88 Shikoku Temple Pilgrimage), also known as Ohenro-san.


Collectively known as “Minami-awa Don”, south Tokushima, where Yakuō-ji temple is located, aka “Shikoku no Migishita (Bottom right of Shikoku)”, is home to many local donburi dishes. They really are uniquely “Shikoku no Migishita”! The area is attracting a lot of attention as the ‘holy land’ of local donburi now!


From among the great variety of Minami-awa Don, 10 kinds will be on offer at the Summit. Here are a few examples:


“Miami-awa Migi-agari Don (Chicken and squid on rice)”,

“Awabi Don (Abalone on rice)”,

“Hamo-ten Don (Daggertooth Pike Conger Tempura on rice)”,

“Fuwa fuwa Ika to Awaodori no Donburi (Fluffy squid and chicken on rice)”,

“Niku Niku Niku Don (Pork on rice)”


Also, on Saturday (11/15), there will be a Tuna filleting show and live music. On Sunday (11/16), there will be a cooking show by Chinami Hamauchi, and a Minami-awa sweets contest. So, fathers, mothers, kids, everybody can enjoy this event!


Let’s go on a pilgrimage to the holy land of Donburi!


National Domburi Summit in Minami 2014


Date: 11/15 (Sat), 11/16 (Sun) 10:00 – (The event will be held rain or shine)

Place: The parking area of Yakuō-ji temple (Teramae Okugawauchi, Minami-chō, Kaifu-gun, Tokushima)

TEL: 0884-77-0759 (Minami-chō chamber of commerce)

Admission: Free

Parking: Extra parking spaces available

Website (Japanese): http://shikokunomigishita.jp/docs/2014090700014/


Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Daisuke Chiba



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Daisuke Chiba

Daisuke Chiba

Daisuke Chiba / Photo-writer I was born in 1985 in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture, and now live in Tokushima City. After graduating university, I worked at a publishing company as an editor for various mooks, and in April 2014 I went freelance. I work as a photographer, copy-writer and editor, but also do product development and other stuff as well. If anyone needs me, I can do anything! Except, in spite of my being from Tokushima, dancing - I’m really bad at dancing Awa Odori!


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