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Local Specialties Fukujin-zuke

Fukujin-zuke is a kind of tsukemono <pickled vegetables>. An inventor of fukujin-zuke was an owner of a snack shop near a shrine dedicated to Benten god in the Yanaka area (part of present Taito City). Through a lot of trial and error, he finally succeeded sometime in the late Edo to early Meiji periods. He used seven vegetables to make pickles, including daikon radish, nasu <eggplant>, natamame <sword bean>, renkon <lotus root>, uri <oriental melon>, shiso <Japanese basil> and kabu <turnip>. The pickles were named after Yanaka Shichifukujin, or Yanaka shrines dedicated to seven gods of good luck. Fukujin-zuke is a popular garnishing for karee raisu (curried rice).

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