Tours Featuring Open-Air Meals Gaining Popularity in Fukushima

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Tamakawa, Fukushima Pref., Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--Tours in Fukushima Prefecture featuring open-air meals made with local produce are attracting popularity, with the organizer hoping to dispel lingering health concerns about food harvested in the northeastern Japan prefecture following the March 2011 nuclear accident.

In the food camp tour, designed by Magonote Travel, a table is set up in the middle of a field and multicourse meals are offered by renowned chefs mainly using vegetables and fruits produced in the field.

"I've seen farmers struggling after the nuclear accident," Shonoshin Yamaguchi, 49, president of the Koriyama-based travel company, said, referring to the triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station.

"I wanted to make tours featuring foods and food producers," he said.

The tour started in 2015. Different food themes have been set on each occasion. Thirteen tours are planned for this year, with themes covering more food and drink than before, including strawberries, cucumbers, pork and craft beer.

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