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Souvenirs

Nipopo

Nipopo

Nipopo in Ainu means "small children of the trees" or "doll". It is thought to bring happiness and is loved by locals from long ago as a talisman. They are also popular Abashiri souvenirs. Nipopo are handmade and each have a different expression. Presently they are made by many convicts in jails, and have the "Abashiri Jail " brand on the bottom. Nipopo are also used as designs for street lights, as well as sculptures on bridges and are watching over Abashiri at various places throughout the city. Nipopo-shaped fish patties and snacks are also sold here, so please look for Nipopo when you come to Abashiri!

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Sakhalin Ilga

Sakhalin Ilga

Wood craft made in the motif of the "Ilga", a traditional pattern for the Orok People, the small group of native people who lived in Sakhalin. Ilga, in fact means "pattern" and each northern group of people have their own "Ilga." There are Sakhalin Ilga pendants, chokers, bracelets and straps, and they can be purchased at the Abashiri Tourism Association Desk and at each hotel in Abashiri.

Abashiri Marine Processed Foods

Aramaki, Yamazuke

Aramaki is salmon rubbed with salt, and yamazuke is in fact a pile of fish which is then fermented. They are popular items that provide a delicious way to enjoy salmon from the Okhotsk and pink salmon.

Sujiko and Ikura

Sujiko and Ikura

The roe that is taken from fall salmon is full of nutrients from the Sea of Okhotsk. The roe that is just salted and cured is called sujiko, and roe that is taken out of the egg sack and cured with salt and soy sauce is called ikura; both are great with rice.

Scallop Muscle

The scallops from the Okhotsk are firm and high in nutrients and are considered high quality. The muscles are dried in the sun are often highly regarded as delicacies in Chinese dining and are valued all over the world. We suggest you try it at least once.

Kamaboko

Kamaboko

The main ingredient for making kamaboko is fresh Alaska Pollock which is combined with scallops and bighand thornyhead fish and made into a paste. It is steamed or in some cases fried on the spot for you. Enjoy the delicious fish of Okhotsk in kamaboko and chikuwa.

Dried Goods

Dried scallops, arabesque greenling, and bighand thornyhead fish are popular processed items of Abashiri. The dried seafood of Abashiri is available at restaurants in the city and is great for souvenirs. We strongly urge you to taste the signature foods of Abashiri.