Long-Running “Number One Gyoza City in Japan” Utsunomiya Comes in Second Place to…

Long-Running “Number One Gyoza City in Japan” Utsunomiya Comes in Second Place to…
Yomiuri Shimbun: 「ギョーザ日本一」宇都宮2位転落、首位は…
January 31, 2012

For the first time in 15 years, Utsunomiya does not have Japan’s highest per-household expenditure on gyoza (AKA jiaozi or pot stickers). That title fell to Hamamatsu in 2011, according a household survey conducted by the Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications and announced today.

According to the Ministry’s compiled monthly surveys, Hamamatsu households spent an average of ¥4313 (~$57.50) on gyoza last year compared to a ¥3737 average for Utsunomiya. The latter city’s average is a dramatic decline from the previous year’s average of ¥6133, hence its plummet to second place. Supermarket closures following the Great Tōhoku Earthquake are thought to have influenced the results [Hamamatsu is a couple hours west of Tokyo while Utsunomiya is a couple hours north of it, much closer to the disaster area].

Utsunomiya announced it had the Number One Gyoza in Japan in 1990. It has over 80 shops specializing in the dish, and since 1999 it has hosted an annual Gyoza Festival. The city’s tourism department said that while this year’s results are regrettable, the statistics do not include household spending on restaurants, and “if spending at specialty stores were included, our total would be much larger.”

Hamamatsu, for its part, serves a popular kind of gyoza that includes bean sprouts, and it has about 80 specialty shops of its own. The city’s public bulletin commented, “We’d like to keep doing business as a gyoza town alongside Utsunomiya.”

Original/原稿:

「ギョーザ日本一」宇都宮2位転落、首位は…

 宇都宮市が15年間守ってきたギョーザの支出額日本一の座から陥落し、浜松市が2011年の首位になったことが、総務省が31日に公表した世帯当たりの支出額調査でわかった。

 同省が毎月発表している調査結果を集計したところ、年間の世帯当たりの支出額は浜松市4313円、宇都宮市3737円だった。宇都宮市は前年の6133円から大幅に減り、首位から2位に転落。東日本大震災後のスーパーなどの休業が影響したとみられる。

 宇都宮市は1990年、「ギョーザ日本一」を宣言。市内に専門店が80以上あり、99年から「餃子祭り」を毎年開催している。市観光交流課は「残念」としながらも、統計に外食は含まれないため「専門店の消費も入れれば数字は大きくなるはず」とする。

 一方、浜松市は、モヤシを添えたギョーザが人気で、市内に約80の専門店がある。市広聴広報課は「宇都宮と一緒にギョーザの街として売り出していきたい」としている。

(2012年1月31日21時28分 読売新聞)

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