Tucked away in a suburb of Tottori city you will find a converted 40 year old house that serves as a minshuku (Japanese style bed and breakfast) and a residence for owner/ operator Satoko Umeno. What makes this minshuku different from other B&Bs is that guests are served wild animal cuisine which they help prepare themselves.
Satoko Umeno is an enthusiastic female hunter-trapper that opened Ba-bar December of 2012 when women were abandoning their regular jobs to take up arms in order to hunt wild deer and boar, whose rising populations were threatening farmer’s fields. Umeno studied livestock science at Kagoshima University and specialized in the ecology of Japanese deer while in grad school at Kyushu University. She became interested in a nonprofit organization founded by Tottori University students who worked to help revitalize the area. It prompted her to move to Tottori city when she was 27 years old. Umeno also obtained a hunting license and became the city’s first registered female hunter.
Currently, she does most of her hunting with traps but plans to use a hunting rifle in the future. She has formed a network with senior hunters in the area and uses the meat from their hunts to prepare meals with local children and her guests at Ba-bar. The deer and boar meat is typically grilled, fried or cooked in a “nabe” pot. Umeno’s farmer neighbors provide her with fresh vegetables they have harvested from their fields to use in her dishes. She aims to create an atmosphere for her guests where they feel as though they are visiting their grandmother’s house in the countryside. Everyone pitches in and has a great time! There is a great sense of camaraderie.
The cost of an average stay runs ¥7,500 and each room can accommodate up to three guests.
For more information, contact the owner via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0857-37-3373).