Taste Ranking in 2018 ~ Special A rank
(Hokkaido / Asahikawa) Agricultural group: "Inaho no Sato" production.
the rice factory's top recommendation!
To compete with Koshihikari, this top-grade variety of Hokkaido rice was bred to perfection for over 11 years. It is characterized by a moderately soft texture and a sweetness that pairs perfectly with meat dishes. You will notice it's unique sweetness expand the more you chew, inviting you to eat as much as you want. It holds a brilliant glossy shine, represented by Ainu 'beautiful' 'Pirika'.
bento box • musubi rice ball etc
curry • fried rice • paella
Flavor ranking in 2018 ~ special A rank
(Hokkaido / Shiribeshi) Agricultural group; several companies production
Very popular among rice lovers. Nanatsuboshi has a light and crispy taste when compared to Yumepirika.
With a soft texture and moderate taste, Nanatsudobashi brings out the taste of your side dishes. A particularly beneficial attribute for your specific recipes, these rice grains do not stick together and it maintains it's delicious flavor even when served cold.
from Yamagata prefectureTsuyahime
Taste ranking in 2018 ~ special A rank
(Yamagata / Shonai) Produced by Sugawara Seiichi
Tsuyahime is defined by "sweetness", "umami", "gloss", and is highly appreciated - as it received an evaluation even above Koshihikari. It has a reputation for its robust appearance - a bright vibrancy and gloss when cooked, it is becoming popular as a beautiful and delicious rice.
Japanese cuisine, Natto etc.
Fried rice, paella, pilaf etc.
Taste ranking in 2018~ A rank
(Toyama prefecture / Nyuzen ) Agricultural group; Yoneyama production
Koshihikari is known as the king of Japanese rice.
The variety with the highest demand and production volume in Japan, the greatest attraction to this rice goes to its taste - having a characteristic taste that stands out. Excellent stickiness, fragrance, gloss, beauty of grain, and crispness are its other strong suits.
Hamburger, pork cutlet and other meat dishes
fried rice, pilaf etc.
from Nigata prefectureKoshiibuki
Taste Rank in 2018 ~ A Rank
(Niigata / Shibata) Japanese Mayor Shibata's top choice.
Produced ONLY in Niigata - this is a rare rice variety.
Compared with Koshihikari, it's general stickiness is less, it's grains stand one by one from the moment of cooking, having a very firm texture. It's sweetness level is slightly lower to Koshihikari rice as it offers a more savory aftertaste.
from Nagano PrefectureKamiakari
Japan's first overseas export specialized farm
(Nagano Prefecture / Ina) the rice factory’s farm
This Japonic(traditionally farmed)rice is a relative of the Koshihikari variety and was discovered due to its giant.
It is a special rice with 3 to 4 times as much germ as normal brown rice.
Upon first bite, it is impressive that the giant germ (which is the characteristic of Kamiakari) explodes in the mouth. Sweetness appears first, followed by the familiar savory rice flavor which continues until the aftertaste, which remains umami.