Tot­tori Gems un­veiled at KLCC Ise­tan


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Pre­cious pro­duce and seafood de­lights were un­veiled last Novem­ber in Ise­tan KLCC cour­tesy of the Tot­tori Pre­fec­tural Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan who launched the Tot­tori Food & Tourism Fair 2016. Held from the 11th to the 20th of Novem­ber, the fair fea­tured de­li­cious fruit pro­duce, dairy prod­ucts and mas­sive snow crabs lo­cal to the pre­fec­ture of Tot­tori. In­tro­duc­ing the at­trac­tions and high­lights of the pre­fec­ture was Su­nichi Suzuki, Di­rec­tor at the Tourism and Ex­change Bureau of the Tot­tori Pre­fec­tural Gov­ern­ment. “Tot­tori Pre­fec­ture is lo­cated to­wards the west of Ja­pan and is filled with tremen­dous flora and fauna. It con­tains within it a very nat­u­ral land­scape,” said the di­rec­tor. The pre­fec­ture is pri­mar­ily fa­mous for its nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring sand dunes which are said to be the largest in Ja­pan, stretch­ing some 16 kilo­me­tres. This re­mark­able for­ma­tion is shaped by sed­i­ments brought down from the Chugoku Moun­tains from ocean cur­rents and pre­vail­ing winds that sur­face from the sea of Ja­pan. The di­rec­tor sug­gested that tourists should visit the pre­fec­ture dur­ing the win­ter sea­son par­tic­u­larly in Novem­ber as it pro­vides them the op­por­tu­nity to re­ally ex­pe­ri­ence win­ter, the pre­fec­ture’s pop­u­lar hot springs and nat­u­ral land­scape. “Win­ter pro­vides a uniquely spe­cial op­por­tu­nity for our guests to be able to en­joy the pre­fec­ture’s fa­mous snow crabs.” Su­nichi added. Tot­tori is the largest pro­ducer of snow crabs in Ja­pan. The di­rec­tor also ex­tended a per­sonal wel­come to all Malaysian vis­i­tors and looks for­ward to greater col­lab­o­ra­tion with Malaysia to help cross-pro­mote tourism ex­pe­ri­ences. “We are col­lab­o­rat­ing heav­ily with Malaysia’s Min­istry of Tourism to help pro­mote Malaysia in Tot­tori and to show what Tot­tori has to of­fer as well. We hope to of­fer much more pro­grams in the fu­ture for both coun­tries,” he said. For manga and anime fans, Tot­tori Pre­fec­ture is known as the ‘Manga King­dom’ thanks to char­ac­ters like De­tec­tive Co­nan and Gegege no Ki­taro. 2 of the lo­cal air­ports in the pre­fec­ture have been named af­ter pop­u­lar manga char­ac­ters which are the Yon­ago Ki­taro Air­port and the Tot­tori Sand Dunes Co­nan Air­port. A must-see for De­tec­tive Co­nan fans is the Gosho Aoyama Manga Fac­tory lo­cated in Hokuei and for Gegege no Ki­tara fans, the home­town of Shiregu Mizuki in Sakaim­i­nato of­fers many land­marks like the Mizuki Shigeru Road fea­tur­ing over 153 ‘yokai’ or demons in the manga.

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