Fukushima Fruit Kingdom
Fukushima, a town in Japan, has become a hub for the production of a wide variety of fruits, particularly from early spring to winter. The town’s farmers are known for cultivating fruits such as grapes, peaches, and pears with passion and the latest technology. This has attracted many visitors and tourists to the city, eager to taste the delicious and high-quality fruits grown in Fukushima.
- Fukushima’s fruits harvest starts with cherries in early summer, followed by peaches, pears, grapes, and apples in the summer. In the winter, the processed “Ampo Persimmon” is produced, and fruits are produced throughout the year, earning the town the nickname “The Fruit Kingdom.”
- The most popular fruit in Fukushima is called “Shine Muscat,” a grape that has saved the Japanese grape industry. It is a grape that can be eaten with the skin and is loved by all generations. The production of Shine Muscat is increasing, according to an official of Fukushima Future Agricultural Cooperative Association, Seiichi Kazumata.
- Fukushima’s grapes are known for their selective breeding. According to grape farmer Mitsunori Narawa, a variety of red and black grapes are being produced, and there is a possibility that grapes can be produced and shipped all year round. Narawa also said that selective breeding of grapes is undertaken by a parent, Shine Muscat.
- Fukushima’s peaches are also cultivated with improvements in cultivation methods. One popular variety is called “Sakura-hakutou,” harvested at the latest time of the year.
- According to peach farmer Hideyuki Ootsuki, “Sakura-hakutou” is kept at room temperature for 3 to 4 days and becomes a little soft when touched, making it the perfect time to eat. It is a peach that everyone will like because it has high-level sugar content.
- Fukushima’s pears are also grown with care and attention to detail. Pear farmer Kazuhiro Hikichi said that the pear production area has a history of about 130 years. He added that since rice paddies cannot be built because there is no water in the land, people in the past set up waterworks facilities and started delivering water to fruits.
- Fukushima also boasts of other tourist attractions like “Ouchi-jyuku,” a village with traditional Japanese houses. The village has thatched roofs that continue since the Edo period, which attracts many foreign tourists. The specialty of Ouchi-jyuku is “Negi soba,” a variety of noodles. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves and the heavy snowfall that turns the entire village into a fantastic winter landscape.
Recovery from the Earthquake
- It has been 11 years since an earthquake hit the eastern part of Japan. Despite the disaster, Fukushima town has recovered and has started attracting tourists and foreigners once again.
- The town’s focus on cultivating high-quality fruits, combined with its beautiful scenery and traditional village attractions, has made it a popular destination for visitors.
Fukushima, a town in Japan, has become a hub for the production of a wide variety of fruits, particularly from early spring to winter. The town’s farmers are known for cultivating fruits such as grapes, peaches, and pears with passion and the latest technology. This has attracted many visitors and tourists to the city, eager to taste the delicious and high-quality fruits grown in Fukushima. The town also boasts of other tourist attractions like traditional villages and beautiful scenery, making it a popular destination for visitors. Despite the disaster that hit the town 11 years ago, Fukushima has recovered and continues to attract tourists and foreigners once again.
Written by IAS POINT