Mr. Uchida's collection consists of documents on mushrooms, specimens, mushroom
recipes, ornaments and wall tapestries bearing the names of mushrooms, and other items.
After finding a new kind of mushroom on Mt. Cyausu in August, 1991, he announced his
discovery in 'Japan Funghi Academy Bulletin' and won the right to name it.
He called the mushroom the 'Hail-dotted, red gilled cap' (Hyomon-urabenigasa,
scientific name - Pruteus panterinus) because its yellowish cap is covered with white
spots resembling hailstones and its underside is light red.
It is not known whether the mushroom, which ranges from 6 to 8 cms. in height with a 5
to 6 cm. cap, is poisonous. A member of the Japan Funghi Academy, Mr. Uchida is a mushroom
and mushroom cuisine scholar.
He has written 10 books, including 'Japan's Mushrooms' (Yama to Keikokusya) and 'The
Mushroom Book' (Bunkasyuppankyoku). In Nisatomura nikkawa, in addition to a documents room
and a research room, there is also a funghi restaurant called 'Kinrintei'.