Handmade Soba in the UNESCO Tsuruoka Creative City of Gastronomy
In early February, 14 students from an Italian culinary and science university visited Tsuruoka City to study and experience the unesco recognized culinary culture of this region.
The Hidden Japan Creative Director.
Following his passion to connect with his roots as a Japanese American, Derek started a life in Japan after college living in the deep countryside of Yamagata Prefecture. Falling in love with the trails, cycling courses, fishing and all that the countryside had to offer, Derek co-founded a travel company called The Hidden Japan in 2018.
The Hidden Japan focuses on promoting the deeper sides of Japan beyond the big cities by working closely with rural communities to offer order-made boutique tours letting travelers experience Japan alongside the local people.