In early autumn Imo-taki is something held all over Ehime Prefecture. “Imo-taki” is a kind of Japanese pot-au-feu with “satoimo” (Japanese taro), deep fried bean curd, mushroom, chicken and other ingredients. Locals gather on the riverbank and eat “Imo-taki” around a large iron pot while viewing the moon.
It isn't something I've seen elsewhere in Japan however I stand to be corrected on that. It's a very pleasant way to spend an evening.
Local Dialect 伊予弁
Ehime has its own dialect, Iyo-ben which differs somewhat from the Japanese spoken in the greater Tokyo region, although very much resembles the dialect used in the Hiroshima area.
There are lots of examples I could give, but for example in standard Japanese, wakaranai (I don't understand) would become wakaran in Iyo-ben. The past form wakaranakatta becomes wakarankatta
Verb forms ending in te iru often become toru, for example ***te iru (I know) becomes ***toru.
kara (because) is always ken in Ehime, and boy do they use this word a lot.
Throughout Japan Ehime is well known for its Mikan, or mandarin orange. Definitely try one if you get the chance, and you'll also notice the various types of sweets sold as souvenirs, with mikan themes as well.
The prefecture's sporting teams all play in orange as well.
Here's the Ehime F.C's bus!
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