“Yokoyamaya” in Esashi-cho, Hokkaido This area is famous for “herring”. A wealthy merchant.
The Yokoyama family in Esashi Town was an old merchant house.
The Yokoyama family is a merchant family with a history of over 200 years, running fisheries, commerce, and shipping wholesalers since the first generation. The current building was built about 160 years ago. It is a wooden house that does not use nails and has an earthquake-resistant structure. It is now a designated cultural property of Hokkaido. Inside, tools from the fishing era and daily necessities from the Edo period were displayed, including the storehouse, which was quite impressive. As for the town itself, there’s nothing quite like it, or rather, he’s a neat town with few cars, so he can come and go relatively freely, and on sunny days, the sea is close, so I think he’s a good mate.
The Yokoyama family is a designated cultural property, but they also serve herring soba.
Hokkaido-style herring soba, which was invented about 50 years ago, is also famous. I had “herring soba”. Kanto-style dashi soup looks a little thick, but he was light. As a Kansai person, he was a little dissatisfied with the simple dashi soup, but isn’t it like this? He felt that the dried herring was a little lacking in sweetness, but what do you think?
Esashi Town and Ishikari Banka.
In the main building and the fourth storehouse, there are displays of everyday tools used during the heyday of herring fishing, and you can learn about the life of merchants at that time. The scenery is beautiful and the climate is perfect. This season is! It seems that the wind is strong around here and there is little snow. The snow is blown by the strong wind, and it seems that there really isn’t much snow. Esashi means a cape in the Ainu language, and the town got its name from the topography. There is a famous Uta, but “Ishikari Banka”. This is good, isn’t it? “Where did the herring go after that?” It is true that the herring stopped coming around a long time ago, and it became impossible to pick it. But Esashi town was a really nice town. I want to live there!