Okinawa Soba Day
October 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo
October 17 is Okinawa Soba Day. Until October 17, 1978, the Japan Fair Trade Commission did not allow Okinawa soba use the word soba in its name because the noodle does not contain buckwheat flour. However on that date, the Okinawa Fresh Noodles Cooperative and other organizations managed to get the commission to give permission to use the name Okinawa soba.
Okinawa soba restaurants held various events on October 17, so on the previous day noodle makers throughout Okinawa were busy producing soba for these events. Awase Soba which has been in business for 66 years, usually makes about 5,000 meal-units a day. The staff of the restaurant made 4,000 meal-portions of boiled noodles on October 15 and added another 2,000 portions of fresh noodles the next day. The president of the company, Seiko Takehara, said, “I would like people to enjoy Okinawa soba with various other foods such as chanpuru or Okinawan stir-fry dishes.”
(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)
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