She was brought up in Sakai. Her grandfather and grandmother, who were born in the Meiji era, often told her about Sakai when it thrived as a leisure destination with numerous swimming beaches and inns that served good meals. Recently, she started to work as a volunteer guide at “Kango Cruise Sakai” so that she can talk about Sakai’s many attractions.

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

The tomb of the Emperor Nintoku is a place where you can feel a sense of eternity and enjoy the colorful scenery of each season with the trees and the moat around the tomb. You can have Matcha at the Japanese garden in Daisen Park next to the tomb area. I like getting the cold and sweet green tea served during the summer.

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

I definitely recommend Joanago-nigiri (fine conger eel sushi) of Fukasezushi. The taste of white conger eel and sweet sauce melts in your mouth. It is a moment of bliss, and worth the price. My family eats conger eel from Fukase when a family member is ill. We can eat it even when we do not have an appetite.

What is your favorite famous sweet of Sakai?

Nikkimochi (cinnamon rice cake) of Yaogen Raikodo. Yaogen Raikodo is a long-established confectionery established more than 200 years ago. When Sakai flourished through trade with Spain and Portugal, cinnamon was known as an aroma of those countries. It pairs well with green tea, but I like having it with thick coffee.