Kelp and Nomura

昆布と野村商店 /kelp and Nomura

Toyama is the area where they eat the most kelp in Japan

Toyama is the area where they eat the most kelp in Japan


The culture named Kitamae-ship flourished in the Iwase area of Toyama from the Edo period (1603-1867) to the Meiji period (1868.1 – 1912.7).




Kitamae-ship bounded all Japan through a sea route, supporting an important distribution system.People of those days used ‘Kitamae-ship Distribution System’ and carried many things. Among them, there were also many ingredients. A lot of kelp was also carried.The fact that we were able to carry kelp from Hokkaido to various parts of Japan has greatly influenced Japan’s food culture using ‘Dashi’ in Japan.


When carrying Kelp to Kyoto, it carries it from Hokkaido to the periphery of Fukui and carries it from the surroundings of Fukui to the inland. This was the shortest route.



北海道、越中、薩摩、琉球(沖縄)、清(中国)までのルートを「昆布ロード」という。 富山の売薬システムは、中国から漢方の材料を輸入していた。そうすることで、充実した品揃えを保っていた。富山は昆布を流通させることで経済が支えられた時代がある。これが富山県民が昆布をたくさん食べる理由の一つです。

Route to Hokkaido, Etchu, Satsuma, Ryukyu (Okinawa), Qing (China) is called “Kelp Road”.The Toyama Baiyaku-system had imported Kampo materials from China.By doing so, we kept a rich product lineup.Toyama has an era when the economy was supported by distributing kelp. This is one reason why the people of Toyama eat a lot of kelp.

‘Nomura-shouten’ is a delica shop located by the sea. Traditional side dishes of Toyama using this shop’s kombu ‘Kelp rolled’ is very delicious.


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