On Oct. 2, Tofu Day (a less chocolatey variation on Valentine’s Day) will be celebrated outside traditional restaurant Kiyomizu Junsei Okabeya in eastern Kyoto, close to Kiyomizu Temple. Tofu made with soybeans from all over Japan will be celebrated, tasted and given awards for its minimalist aesthetic, variety of flavors and healthy nutrients.

Seven cities from the Kansai area will each present a special tofu dish for the Kansai Tofu Gourmet Battle. Osaka’s entry will be tofu fondue, while Shiga will present tofu sushi — and you, the visitor, get to vote on which city has created the tastiest dish while retaining that simple elegance.

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