Omori - A Taste of the Sea

Dive in Tokyo

28m 00s
Broadcast on February 12, 2023 Available until February 12, 2024

This time we explore the Omori area, located in the south of the city along Tokyo Bay. As a former aquaculture hub specializing in nori (edible seaweed), it retains a deep connection to the ocean. James Farrer (Professor, Sophia University) visits one of many local nori wholesalers, then encounters a group cultivating the crop using traditional methods. Later, he climbs to higher ground and learns about Omori's history as a tourist destination. Join us as we dive into this bayside neighborhood.

[Omori Nori Museum]
This museum runs a research project at a nearby coastal park where volunteers grow nori using traditional methods. At the museum itself, visitors can experience Omori's seaweed heritage up close, with exhibits including nori-making tools and boats, and a hands-on nori-making class.

[Nori no Matsuo]
This nori wholesaler was founded in 1669. It sources nori from across Japan and roasts the sheets on-site before packing them into bags. The neighborhood is home to 40 such wholesalers, speaking to its history as a major nori-cultivation center.

[Hakkei Tenso Shrine]
This shrine sits atop a hill directly in front of Omori Station. A map showing the area 6,500 years ago indicates that the shoreline once ran along the foot of the hill. During the Edo period, this place was known as Hakkei-zaka (Eight-view Hill), and the surrounding landscape was immortalized in woodblock prints by masters such as Utagawa Hiroshige.

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