Meeting 02 “KONBU DOI”chap.#01 “Person”

In the only elevated area in Osaka lies a town called Karahori. Situated in the shopping district, an area mostly spared the ravages of air raids during WWII, is Konbu Doi.
In the 300 years from the Edo period, Osaka food culture has been anchored in Konbu Dashi (stock).
Fourth generation KONBU DOI proprietor, Junichi Doi says, “Osaka is basically the only place to have the Konbu Dashi trade”. The culture of using Konbu in food, unseen around the world, is uniquely Japanese.
Recently the overseas interest in Konbu has been increasing.
But, according to Junichi Doi, the world class Osaka Konbu Dashi culture is standing at crossroads.
The existence of powdered dashi (stock) mostly made from chemical flavour enhancers is concerning for both fishermen and Konbu Dashi producers. Although not quite like actual Konbu Dashi, it is cheap and convenient,
and the vast spread of use in society has them fearing that Japanese people will not inherit the taste of Konbu Dashi.
Junichi Doi has taken over from his father the work of raising awareness and creating an uncompromising product.
He is concentrating his efforts on the handing down of Osaka food culture.

こんぶ土居の四代目店主・土居 純一は、「昆布屋という職業がある地域は、大阪ぐらい」と語る。
しかし、この世界に誇る大阪の昆布出汁文化が、日本では今、分岐点に立たされていると土居 純一は言う。
土居 純一は、父の代からの啓蒙活動や妥協を許さない製品づくりを受け継ぎ、大阪の食文化継承に力を注ぐ。

Founded 1903 Osaka. KONBU DOI has been observing the world-class Osaka Konbu culture for over 100 years since opening, and is presently working toward spreading it to the world.
Whilst creating a “genuine” product without the use of any food additives or artificial flavoring,
KONBU DOI is working on expanding awareness in order to hand down to future generations an improved state of food in the Japanese food culture.


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HIRO / 森 ひろこ

森 ひろこ

Chie / 森 ちえこ

森 ちえこ

Junichi Doi / 土居 純一

Junichi Doi
土居 純一