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FUKIKO KIKUCHI 菊池 芙生子さん

Born in 1991. A trueborn Yamagatan, who was born and raised here. She is working as a shop assistant at a select shop called GEA in Sagae.

Q.1

What is your favorite place in Yamagata where you’d want to show your friends around?

Reiryuzan Jakusyoji Temple in Tendo City is a popular spiritual spot which is sometimes compared to Ise Shrine. It helps create good spiritual bonds with your personal items, jobs, relationships, and other things which are necessary for each person. It also provides a splendid view.

Q.2

What is a “soul food” of Yamagata for you?

Yamagata people eat noodles very often, including buckwheat noodles, udon noodles, ramen, etc. There are too many good restaurants to recommend just one, but my favorite is the buckwheat noodles at local restaurants like Kyotouan and Sobadokoro Fumoto.

Q.3

Which sake do you think is the best in Yamagata?

Since I do not drink, my friend’s recommendation is Sanbyakunen-no-okiteyaburi (a rule breaker of 300 years) of Kotobukitoraya Brewery. It is a limited seasonal product, so get it if you find it! And it is not alcohol, but I like the amazake (a sweet drink made from fermented rice or sake lees) from Sankichikojiya.