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TOMO ISEHIKARI rice

Enjoy Japan with TOMO Isehikari rice

Isehikari rice is harvested in the paddy field of Ise Jingu shrine (Ise Grand Shrine), located in Mie prefecture. This rice is used for offerings and has the specificity to be cultivated with 50% fewer pesticides. TOMO Isehikari rice takes the form of a 300g vacuum package, so you can easily store it, carry it, or share it. You can also choose between white rice or brown rice, according to your tastes and what you want to cook with it.

The 7 benefits of TOMO Isehikari rice

✔ Our rice is cultivated with 50% fewer pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides 

✔ Our rice is cultivated with organic fertilizer (fish meal, oil cake, chicken manure)

✔ Our vacuum package keeps the rich and unique taste of our rice for a longer period of time. 

✔ You don’t have to waste time to weigh it: one pack is exactly at 300g! 

✔ With the compact package, you can care for it with you everywhere outside or in your bag! 

✔ You don’t need a gift wrap if you want to offer TOMO Isehikari rice: the traditional Japanese mizuhiki (decorative Japanese cord) is already printed on the package! You can save time and the planet! 

The reasons why rice is omnipresent in Japanese culture and religions

Rice is the staple food in Japan. Rice is very easy to eat with fish and other vegetables. This is why rice is Japanese people’s favorite food who eat it at every lunch. Rice agriculture in Japan has started steadily 3000 years ago, before the latter half of the Jomon period (about 1500 BC), and some theories even say that it might have started before.

In Mie prefecture in Ise city, more precisely in the Kusube area, there is a field dedicated to rice harvest for offering to the gods at Ise Jingu shrine. It is said that this field was established by Yamatohime-no-Mikoto, the daughter of Emperor Suinin, the 11th Emperor of Japan, 2000 years ago.

The humidity in summer and the regular rain is a favorable climate for rice farming in Japan. Rice cultivation and faith are closely related, which explain why Shinto rituals have been performed for every important agricultural work, like rice planting or harvesting. Rice isn’t only Japanese people’s staple food. Rice is also deeply connected with Japanese culture and spiritual beliefs, which makes it omnipresent in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The sacred ISEHIKARI rice

In 1989, two typhoons hit Ise Jingu shrine. More than half of the land was destroyed. The paddy field of the shrine was also destroyed, but few rice plants subsisted. It was from the seeds of these plants that the cultivation of what the shrine master called later "the rice of the deities” started. This variety is also known as "the miracle rice", due to its excellent durability against natural disasters. 

Share your rice with deities 

It is said that Japanese people aren’t specifically religious, but most people have a household shrine or a Butsudan. 

Japanese people have the specificity and the ancestral tradition of offering rice, water, or agricultural produce to deities or their ancestors, and then they eat the food which will bring on them divine protection. 

TOMO Isehikari rice is also used in Kinomiya shrine, in Shizuoka prefecture, where people come to pray for health and longevity, and then eat the offerings. 

Isehikari: the perfect rice to enjoy individually or to share!

The packaging of TOMO Isehikari is thin and compact for several reasons. First, it is easier to store it, but also to carry it during your travels. But why would you carry rice during your travel? The answers are simple: you just want to eat rice, you are preparing a picnic, you want to cook Japanese food somewhere else… This size is also convenient for gift: as an omiyage, for introduce Japanese food to a friend, or for a gourmet family member who likes to cook and taste new things! At every bite of TOMO Isehikari rice, you will feel the power of Japanese nature energy, tradition and history.
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