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…
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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.”







(2012年1月31日21時28分 読売新聞)

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