Kokoro Care Packages showcase Kanagawa’s diverse food and cultural influences

kokoro care packages showcase kanagawas diverse food and cultural influences

Kanagawa Prefecture, located just south of Tokyo, is Japan’s second most populous prefecture and is known for its beautiful nature and picturesque coastlines. Shonan, along Sagami Bay, is a top beach destination from Tokyo, with a laid-back atmosphere that attracts surfers and ocean lovers. The resort area of Hakone has some of the region’s best Onsens (natural hot springs) while the historic town of Kamakura is home to many Buddhist temples and the famous Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha).

Kanagawa’s capital, Yokohama, is one of Japan’s most active international ports. Since the late 1850s, visitors from abroad have been bringing their food and culture to the region, resulting in a melting pot of Japanese, European, and Chinese influences.

Kanagawa Prefecture partnered with Kokoro Care Packages to create a special Care Package of local Kanagawa food products that showcase the region’s diverse cultural influences and flavors.

Through this Care Package, people from all over the world were able to taste the regional flavors of Kanagawa – for some it brought back fond memories of a trip they once took there, and for others it was a way to travel to Kanagawa with their taste buds while trying new flavors.

The Care Package includes:

Kamakura Daibutsu Candy (鎌倉大仏あめ)

These nostalgic candies are a miniature representation of the Kamakura Daibutsu, one of the tallest bronze Buddha sculptures in Japan. Cast over 800 years ago, it is one of Kamakura’s most popular and awe-inspiring sights. A modeler from Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture was asked to capture the sculpture’s likeness and to spread the Buddha’s wishes for strong relationships and good fortune.

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