'Tastes of JAPAN' by ANA
Featuring Hyogo, Iwate and Okinawa Prefectures
TOKYO, August 18, 2017 - In September 2013, ANA Group launched its 'Tastes of JAPAN' campaign. This project, which introduces regional beverages and cuisine to ANA customers on board ANA flights and at airport lounges, is designed to raise the profile of Japan's lesser-known prefectures, particularly to overseas customers, and drive tourism to Japan. The project is also intended to stimulate local economies, in part by boosting consumption of regional agricultural products.
The seventeenth phase of the project will introduce ANA customers to products from Hyogo, Iwate and Okinawa prefectures between September 2017 and November 2017. This will include:
In November, passengers in business class on international flights will be served a lightly-smoked Tajima Sukoyaka Chicken sauté with a Kobe red wine sauce. Tajima Sukoyaka Chicken is a well-known brand of chicken from Hyogo Prefecture (Sukoyaka means healthy). The succulent taste of the chicken is perfectly complemented by the smoked flavor of the sauté.
In September, at the ANA SUITE LOUNGE DINING h restaurant at Haneda Airport, passengers boarding international flights, can enjoy Gokoku-Manju (five-grained steamed buns) with Akashi Sea Bream accompanied by a soup made with onions from Awaji Island and mushrooms. The steamed Akashi Sea Bream wraps the bun containing five grains of black sesame, soybean, azuki bean, millet and barley.
From September through November, passengers in business class on international flights can enjoy the local cuisine of Iwate prefecture. The served dish features the local specialty of Hittsumi, a flattened flour dumplings in a broth, served in a bowl together with locally-caught salmon and Nanbu-fu (a local variety of wheat bran).
In October, the ANA SUITE LOUNGE DINING h restaurant at Haneda Airport, will serve passengers boarding international flights, "ANA Original Parfaits Iwate". The parfait includes compote made using Iwate's famous Shin-sekai (which means new world) brand apples as well as vanilla ice cream created with milk from the local town of Kuzumaki, and caramel ice cream.
From September through November, passengers in business class on international flights will be served Agu Pork in a Moromi bowl. Agu is a high-quality brand of pork unique to Okinawa, and known for its sweet and juicy flavor.
During the same period, the ANA SUITE LOUNGEs for international flights at Narita and Haneda Airports, will offer Okinawa-grown Shequasar with herb jelly. This refreshing dessert is made with herb tea featuring a mixture of seven herbs, including hibiscus, accompanied by jelly made with French honey, topped off with citrus fruit pieces including locally-harvested Shequasar.
Airport Lounges: Japanese Sake Corner
As part of the project, ANA customers are able to sample Japanese sake and shochu, the 'Kokushu' or national spirits of Japan, at ANA airport lounges in Haneda, Narita and Kansai Airports.
'Tastes of Japan' website
Information on the featured prefectures is available on our dedicated web site in English and other languages:
ANA Group operates Japan's only 5-star rated airline with Japan's largest domestic network and an expanding network of international routes. It will continue to implement various initiatives to promote the culture and heritage of Japan and serve as a bridge between Japan and the rest of the world.
Notes to Editors
'Tastes of JAPAN' by ANA features different prefectures in 3-month cycles. The project introduces food, drinks, and desserts to customers through ANA services, the website and other channels.
Prefectures previously featured by the 'Tastes of JAPAN' project are ; Kumamoto, Hokkaido, Miyagi, Ehime, Miyazaki, Shizuoka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Ishikawa, Okayama, Oita, Yamagata, Kagawa, Yamaguchi, Fukushima, Osaka, Tottori, Toyama, Nara, Fukuoka, Niigata, Kanagawa, Shiga, Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Aomori, Kyoto, Saga, Fukui, Yamanashi, Kagoshima, Akita, Saitama, Shimane, Tokyo, Gunma, Wakayama, Nagano, Ibaraki, Kochi, Tochigi, Chiba and Tokushima.
Contact: Naheel Dajany, ANA Corporate Communications TEL +81-3-6735-1111
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