Get to Know Nagano: The Home of Nature, History & Sports

November 20, 2019
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Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 PM

Nestled in the mountains of central Japan, Nagano Prefecture is admired for its many beautiful natural and historical landmarks. A striking black-and-white structure, and the oldest of its kind, Matsumoto Castle is considered a National Treasure. Even long after the 1998 Winter Games, Nagano remains the go-to destination for winter sports in Japan. The region is recognized for its unique cuisine and pristine waters, including rich shinshu soba, flavorful oyaki dumplings and succulent fruit. At this talk, Akira Kumagai, Executive Director for Shinshu Brands and Director General of Business Bureau, will help guests discover the beauty and resilience of this unforgettable region. Moderated by Susan Miyagi McCormac, founder of JapanCulture·NYC.

Followed by a tasting reception featuring cuisine from Nagano and a sampling of fine sake and beer from the region. Attendees will receive a special gift of Nagano specialties, including a mizuhiki greeting card, shichimi spice blend, chestnut wagashi and a package of shinshu soba. Enjoy a beautiful display of dahlia and ranunculus flowers from Nagano Prefecture arranged in the Ikenobo style.

Tasting Reception Menu:
All items are sourced from Nagano Prefecture


Shinshu salmon rolls, shinshu soba with dashi dressing, shinshu soba salad
Shichimi and wasabi seasonings


Shinano Sweet Apple Juice
Kyoho Grape Juice
3 Regional Beers: Karuizawa Premium Clear, Karuizawa Premium Dark, Karuizawa Weiss
14 Regional Sake: Junmai Daiginjo Takizawa, Miwatari Daiginjo Genshu Muroka, Tokubetsu Junmai Genshu Zankuro, Motooi no Matsu, Sakizen, Ikioi Masamune, Hokko Masamune, Hokko Masamune Junmai Daiginjo, Hokko Masamune Tokubetsu Junmai, Hokko Masamune Junmai Ginjo Yukiakari, Daiginjo Masumi Sanka, Junmai Masumi, Junmai Kurosawa, Nigori Kurosawa

Part of Get to Know Japan Series: Nagano

Get to Know Japan Series: Nagano is co-organized by Nagano Prefectural Government.

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • 6:30 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Timed Tickets