The Story of Kamome


Rumiano Cheese has handcrafted a new cheese using salt from Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. The two cities developed ties after a Rikuzentakata boat washed ashore in Crescent City after having been swept out to sea by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake. This city-to-city friendship has gone from strength to strength, and Rikuzentaka and Crescent City have launched a youth exchange program using the profit from the cheese sales.


In April 2013, a muddy, heavily barnacled boat washed ashore in California’s northernmost port town of Crescent City. The boat turned out to be that of Takata High School. It was the school’s training vessel, “Kamome.” It had been adrift for more than two years as it meandered its way from Iwate Prefecture across the Pacific Ocean to Crescent City. Students from the nearby Del Norte High School spruced the boat up, and it was returned to Rikuzentakata in October that same year.


All profits from the sale of Kamome Cheese goes to fund four exchange scholarships, for two students in Crescent City and two students in Rikuzentakata to visit opposite sides of the world for a cultural experience made possible by your purchase.



This holiday season, we offer the
Kamome Chef Box


The Kamome chef-worthy box provides inspiration for creating a wide range of gourmet dishes. Bring a world of flavor to a traditional Italian Spaghetti Aglio Olio or popular Japanese Cheesy Ramen, both requiring one-year aged grated Kamome Dry Jack and made exquisite with a touch of Gunrock Estate Olive Oil and 200-year-old traditional Miracle Soy Sauce. The finishing sea salt is sourced from Hirota Bay Rikuzentakata Japan, the same bay devastated by the 2011 Tohoku 9.1 earthquake causing the Kamome fishing vessel to drift ashore in Crescent City nearly two years later. This combination of products provides a profound Japanese gastronomic experience for the family chef! A world of taste and creativity is wide open for exploration with this Limited-Edition package.





• 3 .5lb Kamome Dry Jack Wedges
• 8.45 oz. Gunrock Estate Olive Oil
• 8 oz. 200-Year-Old Traditional Miracle Soy Sauce
• 2 oz. Hirota Bay Sea Salt


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