Masaki Enomoto, Mayor, city of Tsuruoka
Tsuruoka Creative City of Gastronomy Promotion Council
Masaki Enomoto
City of Tsuruoka

Fostering Tsuruoka Gastronomy

The city of Tsuruoka was designated a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of gastronomy on 1st December, 2014. This Network was launched to strengthen creativity in industry and civil life, undertaking exchanges between cities around the world, and to harness cultural characteristics of each region. Within the Network, seven thematic fields such as literature, film, and music, among others, are established.

Tsuruoka was recognized as the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in Japan, which is a great honor for us since it means that the time-honored Tsuruoka gastronomy was recognized globally by UNESCO.

In 2013, WASHOKU, Traditional Dietary Cultures was designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage, also by UNESCO. Hereafter, as a world’s Creative City of Gastronomy, we will seek to enhance global exchanges through the Network and pursue regional development, taking advantage of rich ingredients and traditional dishes.

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude and great respect to citizens who have inherited and developed Tsuruoka gastronomy. I would also like to express our appreciation to partners at home and abroad who worked so hard for Tsuruoka’s UCCN designation.

Thank you very much for your continued support.