In last decade, there is a B-kyu gourmet culture trend in Japan. It is a food culture of people who want to find unique, but not yet widely known foods considered B-kyu, or second level, grade or class, as opposed to A-kyu within Japan. They tend to be inexpensive foods, and oftentimes they are either from small restaurants or are local specialties known only in a certain area. A great thing typically is their affordability. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to taste them; so, everyone can enjoy it. Also we rediscover our own country by finding local specialties that we never even thought about. There are even a few TV shows that introduce these local specialties, and also some small towns are trying to bring tourists by introducing unique local specialties. Overall they are all positive things.
I enjoyed finding these unique food myself too. Every time I go back to Japan, there are always more new B-kyu foods that I want to try, and just like the rest of Japanese people I don’t mind hours of driving if they sound attractive enough. In this blog, I am hoping to introduce some of those interesting gourmet foods from Japan as a way to reintroduce you to my country, Japan.