Japan Cheese Award

Biannual event and competition in Tokyo celebrating the rise of Japanese artisan cheese production from Hokkaido to Okinawa.

 

2018 Japan Cheese Award Winners

Japan Cheese Award 2018 Winners Table
 

Full detail sheet available below in The Geography of Cheese translated PDF.

Grand Prix

Takara’s Takara

Hokkaido cheesemaker named Takara made their namesake cheese with flavors resembling Comte.

Japan Cheese Award Grand Prix
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Category: FRESH PLAIN

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Fresh Plain Category Winner

Mothers Dairy Aso Milk Farm, Fromage Blanc Lisse

An irresistibly smooth Fromage Blanc.


Category: Fresh Variety

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Fresh Variety Category Winner

PRESQU’ÎLE Fromage, Oil Marinated


Category: Fresh Ricotta Plain

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Fresh Ricotta Plain Category Winner

CHEESE STAND, Fresh-made Ricotta


Category: Ricotta Variety

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Ricotta Variety Category Winner

Nakashima Farm, Brown Cheese


Category: Bloomy Rind

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Soft Bloomy Rind Category Winner

Atelier de Fromage, Brie


Category: Soft Goat Cheese

Mirasaka Fromage Miyoshi Cormorant

Soft Goat Cheese Category Winner

Mirasaka Fromage, Miyoshi Cormorant


Category: Soft Non-Goat

Fromage du Terroir Dome

Soft Non-Goat Cheese Category Winner

Fromage du Terroir, Dome


Category: Washed Rind

Kyodogakusha Sakagura

Washed Rind Category Winner

Kyodogakusha Shintoko Farm, Sakuraga


Category: Pasta Filata Mozzarella

Hachiji-jima Dairy Mozzarella Dorata

Pasta Filata Mozzarella Category Winner

Hacjijo-jima Dairy, Mozzarella Dorata


Category: Pasta Filata Variety

Cheese Stand Tokyo Burrata

Pasta Filata Variety Category Winner

CHEESE STAND, Tokyo Burrata


Category: Pasta Variety Aged

Cheese Story Caciocavallo

Pasta Filata Aged Category Winner

The Factory at Cheese Story, Caciocavallo


Category: Blue Cheese

Niseko Ku Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese Category Winner

Niseko Cheese, Niseko “Ku” Blue Cheese


Category: Uncooked Pressed Aged Less Than Four Months

BosQueso Shirakaba

Uncooked Pressed Aged Less Than Four Months Category Winner

Bosqueso Cheese Lab, Shirakaba


Category: Uncooked Pressed Aged More Than Four Months

Nasu no Mori Mori no Cheese

Uncooked Pressed Aged More Than Four Months Category Winner

Nasu no Mori Cheese Factory, Mori no Cheese


Category: Uncooked Pressed Aged Flavor Added

Kozu Ranch Shimonita Spring Onion

Uncooked Pressed Aged Flavor Added Category Winner

Kozu Ranch, Kozu Shimonita Spring Onion


Category: Uncooked Pressed Aged Raclette

Takara's Tokeru

Uncooked Pressed Aged Raclette Category Winner

Takara Cheese Factory, Takara’s Tokeru


Category: Cooked Pressed Aged Less Than Six Months

Kawase Handcrafted Cheese Furiru

Cooked Pressed Aged Less Than Six Months Category Winner

Kawase Handcrafted Cheese, Furiru


Category: Cooked Pressed Aged More Than Six Months

Takara's Takara

Cooked Pressed Aged More Than Six Months Category Winner

Takara Cheese Factory, Takara’s Takara

 

All of the winners translated into in English in one document, courtesy of The Geography of Cheese team. This is just the first of many free resources on Japanese cheese.