Travelers’ Treasures / Henko Ichibanshibori Gomaabura (1st-pressed sesame seed oil)

Expert preparers roast sesame obtained piecemeal from trusted producers in accordance with weather and humidity conditions, using all five senses and never leaving the process for even a moment. They wash the first-pressed product from a traditional compression process in hot water, remove the sediment, carefully let it sit, and then boil it in a wood-fired cauldron.

No extracted chemicals or bleaches are used, and the finished sesame oil is ready in about a month. This sesame oil is so good it is drinkable.

Expert’s comment: This sesame seed oil is stubbornly infused with the uncompromising philosophy of its creator, who regained his health thanks to macrobiotics: “To create food products that are useful to the world.” It is light and fragrant, and like extra-virgin olive oil, is also delicious when poured on salads and pastas. (Masaki Yokokawa, president of WELCOME Co., Ltd. and DEAN & DELUCA JAPAN Co., Ltd.)

Price: ¥540 for a bottle containing 140 grams of the product

Manufacturer: Yamada Sesame Oil Manufacturing in Kyoto (

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