The 23rd “Wankosoba” National Tournament was held in Morioka City on Sunday. Roughly 10 bowls of wankosoba, a famous dish in Iwate, make up one standard bowl of kakesoba, and the contestants had 15 minutes to eat as much as possible. Twenty-seven people from across Japan participated in the event.
Hatsuyo Sugawara, a 44 year-old woman from Morioka City, won for the second year running. As she was the winner last year, her time was reduced to 10 minutes, but this did not stop her from finishing 383 bowls, which was over 130 more than the second place winner.© Japan Today