Takeda is an off-the-beaten-track village near the prefecture border of Ishikawa and Fukui but people flock here by car for a unique local food, unusually thick deep-fried tofu. I tried two kinds, a regular one and a softer one, for lunch and enjoyed them a lot. Eihei-ji Temple, one of the most important zen temples on Earth, is about a 20-minute drive away from here, and they say the tradition of eating deep-fried tofu in this area has been grown under the influence of temple's vegetarian diet culture. If people spread the word, this tiny village may become a destination for tofu-lovers around the world.