Monday, May 18, 2015

ANA to launch eighth phase of ‘Tastes of Japan’

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch the eighth phase of its “Tastes of Japan” campaign in June to introduce ANA customers to products from Toyama, Nara and Fukuoka prefectures.

“Tastes of Japan” features the food, drink and dessert offerings of various prefectures in three-month cycles. Prefectures previously featured in the project are Kumamoto, Hokkaido, Miyagi, Ehime, Miyazaki, Shizuoka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Ishikawa, Okayama, Oita, Yamagata, Kagawa, Yamaguchi, Fukushima, Osaka, and Tottori.

Summer vegetables from Toyama
TOYAMA: Dry curry full of summer vegetables harvested in Toyama

This dish will be served at DINING h in ANA SUITE LOUNGE at Haneda’s (HND) International Terminal in July. Worcester sauce and white sesames make the spicy flavor. Scallop, ham and vegetables simmered in cream and wrapped in crape with Hokuriku wine sauce and white shrimp crackers, will also be served and sold on board.

Éclair from Nara prefecture
NARA: Éclair with Asuka Ruby strawberry jam

The pastry will be served at ANA SUITE LOUNGE in the international terminals of HND and Narita (NRT) Airports. The strawberry mousse with the refreshing, fragrant jam of Asuka Ruby harvested in Nara Prefecture is wrapped in choux pastry. Sautéed sea bass and chorizo with Himotogarashi pepper grown in Nara, with balsamic apple vinaigrette including basil and sirloin steak of Japanese Black beef grown in Nara Prefecture will also be served.

FUKUOKA

Fukuoka mixed plate
Several items representative of Fukuoka’s cuisine will be available on board in international Business Class. The appetizer, Okyuto, is produced from the seaweed ego-nori, a popular accompanying dish at breakfast in Fukuoka. The main dish is the steamed golden threadfin bream, the luxurious white-fleshed fish that is highly valued in Fukuoka. Other offerings include Hakata best chicken, foie gras and scallop galantine with tuna and apple salad on egg and spicy cod roe rice with tea poured on it.

Airport Lounges: Japanese Sake Corner

As part of the project, ANA customers are able to sample Japanese sake, shochu and awamori, the 'Kokushu' or national spirits of Japan, at ANA airport lounges in Haneda, Narita and Kansai Airports.

‘Tastes of Japan’ website

ANA offers information on the featured prefectures on a special website dedicated to the Taste of Japan campaign. The airline launched its campaign In September 2013 to introduce regional beverages and cuisine to ANA flights, airport lounges and other venues to raise the profile of Japan’s lesser-known prefectures, particularly to overseas customers, and drive tourism to Japan. It is also intended to stimulate local economies, in part by boosting consumption of regional agricultural products.

ANA Group operates Japan's only 5-star rated airline with Japan's largest domestic network and an expanding network of international routes. It will continue to implement various initiatives to promote the culture and heritage of Japan and serve as a bridge between Japan and the rest of the world, the airline said in a statement announcing the next phase of the “Tastes of Japan” project.

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