Buckwheat flowers and "New buckwheat Noodle Festival" in Horokanai Town!

 by Gen (Kamikawa Sub-prefectural Office of Hokkaido Government)

 This time I introduce Horokanai Town in Kamikawa sub-prefectural area.
What do you think this white flowers are?
This is not the quiz of the month.

The right answer is "buckwheat flower"!
There are so many buckwheat fields in Horokanai Town. As you may know, the most buckwheat flour is produced in these fields of Horokanai Town, speaking of the amount in Japan.   
Basically, the buckwheat flour produced in Hokkaido is very popular but on top of that, the buckwheat flour produced in Horokanai Town is used in well-established buckwheat noodle restaurants in Tokyo and other kind of restaurant with specialty.   
If you visit Horokanai Town now, you can see the beautiful scenery in July to the middle of August.
Besides, Horokanai Town has been in Sorachi sub-prefectural area where Kazu now lives but after the administrative constructional reform of Hokkaido Prefectural Government, it has got to belong to Kamikawa sub-prefectural area in this connection.
After the flowers got out of bloom, the buckwheat bears fruit when the wind of autumn blows in Hokkaido. 
"Newly-harvested Buckwheat Noodle Festival" suitable to the No,1 buckwheat producing town   
is held on the first Saturday and Sunday of September every year. It counts 19 times this year.
In the venue where the festival is held, many famous buckwheat noodle restaurants set up the stands to sell the noodle and the visitors can be in full enjoyment of various kinds of quality buckwheat noodle with soup with good smell that stimulate our appetite.
The competition of fast-eating noodle and the seminars for novices to make the buckwheat noodle are held in the festival.
Everybody can enjoy the very best of buckwheat noodle made of newly-harvested buckwheat and have a quality time in the festival.
Now that the festival has become one of the main events in Hokkaido, please come and enjoy the festival and the taste of quality noodle.  
 The 19th Soba Matsuri(Buckwheat Noodle Festival):
Date: September 1(Sat.) and 2(Sun.) 9:00-15:30
Venue: Horokanai Town
Contact: Tourism Association of Horokanai Town
     Postal Code: 074-0411
             Horokanai, Horokanai Town
Phone: 0165-35-2380

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