MIYAZAKI -- The southwestern Japan city of Miyazaki has been crowned as Japan's top consumer of gyoza dumplings for the first time in a report compiled by the Yaki Gyoza Association for the first half of the year.
The Tokyo-based association calculated the average amount of money spent on gyoza in municipalities across Japan, based on household finance data collected by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for the period between January and June 2020. Households in the city of Miyazaki spent an average of 1,917 yen on gyoza dumplings, defeating the eastern Japan city of Utsunomiya in Tochigi Prefecture which recorded a figure of 1,886 yen, and Kyoto in the west, where average spending reached 1,635 yen.
Gyoza dumpling festivals will be held between Nov. 1 and 3 at the Miyako City shopping center in Miyazaki, and between Nov. 13 and 15 at Aeon Mall Miyazaki in the city. The festivals will be hosted by the Miyazaki gyoza council, which was established in September to develop gyoza into "a new tourism resource." Visitors will be able to enjoy different gyoza from 10 to 15 eateries, fried on the spot at the eat-in booths.
According to the Yaki Gyoza Association's report, the city of Miyazaki also ranked first place for the first time since 2017 for the average number of times households bought takeout gyoza in a month, excluding cases of eating out and buying frozen gyoza, doing so 4.72 times per month on average. The western Japan city of Matsue in Shimane Prefecture, followed with an average of 4.34 takeout purchases per month, while Otsu in Shiga Prefecture, also in western Japan, recorded an average of 4.23 such purchases.
A representative of the Miyazaki gyoza council commented, "Miyazaki, in which agriculture and livestock farming thrives, has been endowed with good ingredients, and demand for gyoza had already been high. Takeout demand may have risen further due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. We'd like to aim for the title of Japan's top gyoza consumer all through the year."
(Japanese original by Takashi Kamiiriki, Miyazaki Bureau)