What is Okame Natto ? | Commentary by Japanese Webmaster | Common in Japan #34

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What is ‘Okame Natto’ ??

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I wrote this article to clear your question about ‘Okame Natto’ , as popular product in Japan.

I would like to explain about the topic with mainly two parts.

  • Basic knowledge of Okame Natto in Japan
  • Deep Diving with answering questions
    • What is Okame ?
    • History
    • Line-up
    • Author’s recommendation, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about Okame Natto in Japan.

And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

I hope you will have proper information about Okame Natto in Japan, after reading this page.

What is ‘Okame Natto’ ?

‘Okame Natto’ is very popular ‘Natto’ products in Japan.

‘Okame’ is Japanese traditional mask, which is printed on package as trademark. ‘Natto’ is fermented soybeans. 

‘Okame Natto’ has a largest share approximately 25-30% in Japanese market, where it’s said that there are more than 700 of manufacturers of ‘Natto’. 

Okame Natto is main product of Takano Foods, as Manufacturer.

What is Okame Natto
  • Okame Face is printed on the package
  • Most popular ‘Natto’ in Japan 
  • Largest share in Japanese market 
  • Manufacturer is Takano Foods 

Deep Diving into OKAME NATTO in Japan

I would like to introduce more information about Okame Natto in Japan, in this paragraph with Q & A style, so that you can access information easily.

Please kindly open items what you want to know.


I hope you can clear your question in this part.

Quotation Sauce:Takano foods webpage

OKAME is traditional mask of woman face in Japan. OKAME is used in KAGURA as Japanese traditional dancing with music.

OKAME is with round face, Asian eyes, low nose, and fair skin.

Reference : Kotobank

OKAME Natto has approximately 90 yeas of history in Japan.

  • 1932 Started sales 
  • 1972 New factory established 
  • 1975 Factory expanded 
  • 1982 New factory established 
  • 2022 Production made with 9 factories in Japan

‘Takano’ as the manufacturer of ‘Okame Natto’ was established in 1932. From the beginning, ‘Okame’ is the trademark of their ‘Natto’ products.

Sauce : Takano Foods webpage

Okame Natto is available in various places in Japan

  • Supermarkets
  • Convenience stores
  • Drugstores
  • Direct sales at factory in Ibaraki

Author’s research

The price of Okame Natto is around JPY 90 (pack of 3, most popular type).

Author’s research in Yokohama city

There are many kinds of ‘Okame Natto’ products in Japanese market. Most of products are three packages per 1 set. Packages are made from plastic or paper. 

Quotation Sauce:Takano Foods webpage

Variety of ‘Okame Natto’

  • Small soybeans 
  • ‘Hikiwari’ as chopped soybeans 
  • Japanese soybeans 
  • ’Shiso’ flavor Natto 
  • Collagen Natto , etc

There are various size of soybeans, and types of flavors. Consumers can select preferred products from line-up of ‘Okame Natto’.

Author’s research

My recommendation is ‘SUGOI-Natto S-903’.

This product is made with ‘Super Natto Bacteria S-903’. According to the study of manufacturer, this bacteria can boost immunity 1.5 times, compare with usual natto bacteria.

This product made high sales and sold out in a lot of supermarkets in Japan.

Quotation Sauce:Okame Honpo webpage


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