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One Hokkaido ingredient that has been generating a lot of buzz in recent years is none other than venison.
The prefecture has seen a surge in its wild deer population over the past three decades, with the animals causing substantial damage to the agriculture and forestry industries as well as a significant number of traffic accidents. As a result, there has been a move to control the population through capturing wild deer, as well as to promote the culinary use of deer meat.Each region has found its own ways of using this ingredient: you can find everything from venison genghis khan (meat barbecue) to venison burgers and ramen.
People tend to assume that wild meat has a pungent, gamey taste, but this isn't really the case as long as the meat has been properly processed.And venison also happens to be very good for you: it's low in fat, high in protein, and a rich source of iron and vitamins. Another enticing point is that, unlike standardized farm-raised meat, wild venison's flavor varies depending on the animal's gender, its age, where it was caught, and the season.
In Hokkaido, the fourth Tuesday of every month has been designated “Deer Day” (that's because when you put together the Japanese characters for “four” (shi) and “Tuesday” (ka), they spell “shika”, the Japanese word for deer!). You can go to certain qualified stores that have been registered as official Deer Day outlets to buy safe, healthy meat. Ezo deer spend the months from spring to fall grazing on wild grasses and building up their nutritional stores, which makes winter the best season to enjoy their meat. So please don't miss the opportunity to enjoy some venison dishes on your winter trip to Hokkaido!
Effective Utilization Group, Ezo Deer Section, Environmental Division, Hokkaido Environmental Bureau
8:45 to 17:30
Closed days：excluding weekends, national holidays and the year-end and new year holidays