2019 Survey, Top for 57 Years in a Row
According to a family finance survey by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on February 28th, Fukui Prefecture’s Fukui City claimed the top spot nationwide for average abura-age and ganmodoki purchases per household in 2019, for the 57th year in a row. The average amount spent was ¥5,245, which is ¥201 lower compared to 2018; however, Fukui City was still able to pull ahead of Ishikawa Prefecture’s Kanazawa City, which held second place with ¥4,462, maintaining its top position.
The survey results distinctly aggregated Fukui Prefecture’s data, and was ranked against fifty-one other prefectural cities and government ordinance cities across the country. Stating in an analysis by the Fukui Prefectural Brand Department, “a primary factor is the custom of eating Houonkou dishes, which is tied to the Jodo-Shinshu sect of Buddhism.”
Fukui City also claimed first place with cutlet purchases (¥4,889) for the third year in a row; the city was also first in tempura and other fried foods (¥7,742), and croquettes (¥3,211), for the second year in a row.
Other products where Fukui City placed first were rice (3rd in 2018), kombu tsukudani (3rd in 2018), yakiniku (3rd in 2018), and potatoes (11th in 2018). As for mochi, yokan, and sembei, Fukui City placed in second.