Tales of a Japanese Rice Grower: Kayama San

The original article was published on Luxeat.com

As part of a special issue about rice, we talk with Kayama San, who comes from five generations of ancestral Japanese farmers in Northern Kyoto. Beyond continuing the family legacy, he feels a sense of mission and purpose in protecting Japanese food culture, as well as helping maintain the beautiful rural landscape of his homeland.

The Kamaya family cultivate Koshihikari, believed to be the most delicious rice variety in Japan, as well as Hikari, the most famous type of Japanese rice overseas. Their business, Yuki Kyoto Rice, is dedicated to producing the very best golden rice, rich in flavour and texture and unlike anything else we’ve tried before.

Kayama San

A long legacy of rice farming

What’s so special about this rice?

The golden rice ears of Kyoto no Mamekko rice are obvious — they are overwhelmingly brighter than other rice. You can see that the rice itself is healthy. The decisive factor is using Yosano’s original organic fertilizer Kyoto no Mamekko fertilizer. The natural power of soya bean fertilizer grows nutrients in the soil and keeps the rice healthy, and in the abundant freshwater of Yosano Town and the optimal environment it grows even more powerful and golden, chewy, firm, and delicious. Because it grows slowly, the flavour lasts a long time.

The taste value of rice is expressed on a scale of 100, and the value is given by the total value of the components of “amylose, protein, water, and fatty acid content”. Generally, when the score exceeds 80, it is said to be delicious rice. Yosano’s rice has won the highest rank 12 times in the Rice Taste Ranking — a prestigious award published annually by the Japan Grain Inspection Association.

Protecting the environment

To mitigate such damage, it is necessary to curb greenhouse gas emissions and create a low-carbon society. For this reason, we are adopting farming methods to keep river water beautiful and promoting the use of organic fertilizers that do not burden the environment. We are also pursuing more hopeful agriculture in the future while utilizing ICT (Information and Communication Technology).

Uniquely Japanese

Protecting the town

Working with wildlife

The future of Japanese rice farming

The original article was published on Luxeat.com

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