Yomenakase Tsuyama city in northern Okayama has been a market for cows and horses, making the area deeply associated with beef consumption. Yomenakase, which is the name of the beef around the heart. This popular meat has a crunchy texture and is served as grilled, fried, or tempura. The second dish is Nikogori. In general, Nikogori is a fish dish but in Tsuyama, they use beef. It’s been a winter favorite of the locals. It’s made by simmering beef tendon and making it into a soup, then poured into cubes and served after it’s become firm like jelly. It is packed with collagen and it goes well with Sake. beef Okayama prefecture is in the south east Chugoku region. Tsuyama, a city located in the north part of Okayama has been a transportation hub for centuries and known for its livestock trade in cattle and horses. The documents show that livestock markets were often held by merchants by the end of 705 in the Asuka period. Although the Japanese had enjoyed consuming beef for the most part, the arrival of Buddhism in Japan changed their beliefs and diet, which also led them to avoid consuming beef for various reasons. Despite the changes, the locals in the Tsyuyama area continued with the custom of having beef for medicinal purposes. It was something the livestock brokers had started but eventually became quite the norm in the area. All these things are part of the reasons why beef is still quite popular and a key part of their food culture today. Also, Tsuyama has always had many Wagyu breeders that raised and sold baby cows However, these baby cows were sold and supplied outside Tsuyama, that would eventually breed helped pave the way for other Wagyu brands in Japan. However, a growing number of baby cows ended up being supplied outside the Tsuyama areas prompted a move among the locals to create their own brand of Wagyu beef. Sozuri hot pot Sozuri hot pot In the Tsuyama dialect, “stripping off the fine meat of ribs and streaks” is called “sozuri”. The meat of bone soba is tender, soy sauce-based soup stock with local vegetables such as tofu, CSozuri hot pothinese cabbage, and green onions, and is a popular menu with plenty of umami. It also has different cuts of beef and each gives you a unique texture. Joto district You can thoroughly enjoy abundant historical resources such as ‘Tsuyama Castle (Tsuruyama Park)’ which is one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom spots, ‘Joto, Josai’, two preservation districts for traditional buildings, daimyo garden, etc. Teramachi Buddhist monk guided tour You can also enjoy traditional Sakushu Kasuri weaving experience, traditional culture experience such as Teramachi Buddhist monk guided tour (Zen meditation, Shakyo, Matcha course), and various agricultural experience activities such as ranch life, harvest experience and farm stay. Sakushu Kasuri weaving experience You can also enjoy traditional Sakushu Kasuri weaving experience, traditional culture experience Tsuyama Manabi Railway Museum In addition, there are a variety of tourist facilities that attract many visitors, such as the ‘Tsuyama Manabi Railway Museum’ and the ‘mobile suit’, which are the largest railway fan type locomotives in Japan.