|Honda Food Museum
Imported treats and an art exhibit probably aren't things you'd expect
to find in the middle of farm country. But nestled within fruit and nut
orchards near Marysville, the Honda Food Culture Museum offers visitors
a look and taste of Japanese culture.
"The purpose of this Museum is to promote the importance of food
culture in the world, not only California, or in Japan, in the world."
Explains Museum director, Toru "Tall" Matsushima.
The center is located on the grounds of Shoei Foods USA, a grower, packer
and seller of dried plums, and a subsidiary of one of Japan's largest
food companies. The two-story museum, which resembles a farmhouse, was
founded by Shoei to show their appreciation for the company's trading
relationship with the United States.
Not only does the museum showcase and sell foods from around the globe,
including Shoei's own prunes, chocolates and candies, it also displays
artwork by famed Japanese artist, Taikan Yokoyama, known for drawing a
symbol of Japan, Mt. Fuji. The center also offers Japanese language classes
and cooking classes, such as sushi making techniques, and there are plans
to use the second level as living quarters for foreign exchange students
who want to learn about California Agriculture.
If you would like more information about the Museum call 530-749-0568.