Yamagata prefectural governor announced on February 16, 2017 that they have named a new rice variety Yamagata-112, “Yukiwakamaru”. “Yukiwakamaru” is in the position of brother brand of “Tsuyahime”, which is well known rice and rated special A, the highest grade, in Japan.
The name “Yukiwakamaru” comes with an image of snowy region of Yamagata prefecture. A trademark applicadtion for “雪若丸” (Yukiwakamaru）was filed by Yamagata prefectuer November 24, 2016.
Full scale production of “Yukiwakamaru” will start in 2018.