In Tsukuda island in Eastern Tokyo, there are signature stores of Tsukudani because this is where Tsukudani was first made and spreaded all over Japan from here. Tsukudani is small seafood cooked in soy sauce and mirin and it lasts for a long time. You eat it with plain rice or you can put it inside rice balls for lunch. Have you tried it yet?
People 300 years ago enjoyed it and people today still enjoy it. You can purchase Tsukudani at major department stores as well. However, visiting traditional stores in Tsukuda is a very special experience. These old shops have been serving generations of customers for the last 300 years and will continue to do so for next hundreds of years.. you will also be part of the history.
One of the traditional Tsukudani stores here is called Marukyu, it was established in 1859 and has been carried down by the family from generation to generation. Today the owner is the 15th generation.
My special friend got me and his family tsukudani from this signature store.
I’m excited to open it.
It looks like they used to wrap it in bamboo skin. Now it’s made out of paper. It comes with a little note from the shop owner. How sweet.
Konbu seaweed tsukudani ! My favorite!
I transferred it to my tsukudani container.