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Product Summary (Registration No.12)

Registration No.12 三輪素麺

Registered name (Transcription) : 三輪素麺(Miwa Sōmen)
Reference information : Miwa Sōmen (Thin wheat noodles)
Miwa Sōmen photo

Category of product

Class 15 Cereal Preparations (Uncooked sōmen noodles)

Producing area

Throughout Nara Prefecture

Registered Group

Nara Miwa Sōmen Industrial Cooperative, Nara Miwa Sōmen Sales Association


Miwa sōmen production begun during the Nara era (about 1,300 years ago). Miwa area is said to be the birthplace of Sōmen. Characterized by strong “koshi” (close to “al dente”), Miwa Sōmen provides excellent elasticity that enables noodles to be extremely thin and prevents the noodles from becoming too soggy after being boiled.

Link with the local area

Every year on February 5th, the “Bokujo Ritual” is held in Omiwa Shinto Shrine in Miwa area and sōmen producers across the country participate in this Shinto ritual. Accepted widely as household industry since the mid‐1960s, production of Miwa Sōmen expanded throughout Nara prefecture.


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