Free noodles at Motobu Okinawa Soba Fair

Free noodles at Motobu Okinawa <em>Soba</em> Fair

On October 6, children ate Okinawa soba made using the local products in the parking lot near the Motobu Commerce and Industry Association.

October 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 6, the Motobu Commerce and Industry Association (MCIA) held a Soba Fair at Motobu, which since 2010 has been promoting itself as the home of Okinawa soba. In the fair, they provided 1000 free servings of Okinawa soba made using ingredients from Motobu. Many locals and visitors enjoyed the soba.

The ingredients included the likes of goat meat and bonito stock, fish cakes and kaori-negi, a local variety of green onions that the Motobu Farmers Association promotes. Food manufacturer Imoto prepared 1200 kilograms of local noodles that they have been selling from this year.

Yasuaki Matsuda, the head of the MCIA, said, “Welcome to Soba Town. We have a total of 67 soba restaurants and hope that many people will enjoy themselves here.”

People lined up in front of a tent in the MCIA parking lot to receive the Okinawa soba. Issei Nagayama, a fifth year pupil of Motobu Elementary School who had seven servings said, “It’s delicious,” and Umi Henzan, a fourth year pupil of the same school, ate with her friends, saying, “I just love soba.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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