Hokkaido’s Harvest Scenery: Autumn Edition
Hokkaido is known as Japan's food base, and is a treasure trove of a wide variety of foods, such as agricultural and livestock products, seafood, wine, sake and beer.
Autumn – from September to November – is the harvest season for fruits, potatoes and other root vegetables, rice, buckwheat and the like. It is also when marine products such as salmon and Pacific saury are landed.
We have gathered together some ‘taste of autumn’ harvest scenery, much anticipated by the people of Hokkaido.
Harvest of big, sweet ‘La La Shine’ Shine Muscat grapes begins in Niki
On September 28, the harvest of ‘La La Shine’ Shine Muscat grapes – a luxury table variety that has become a new specialty-product brand of the town of Niki in the Shiribeshi region of central Hokkaido – began in the vineyards at the fruit farm of Mori Takatsugu (64).
Shine Muscat is a large, seedless variety that can be eaten with its skin. It is a luxury product that costs more than 5,000 yen per bunch when purchased as a gift. The Shin-Otaru Agricultural Cooperative (Niki) began shipping the grapes in 2018, and from last year gave them the name and sold them as a brand.
Mr. Mori picked a bunch of grapes larger than the palm of his hand and harvested them, saying “This year the weather was good with very little rain, so the sugar content is around 20%, which is higher than usual.” According to the agricultural cooperative, this year’s yield is expected to be about 3 tons, which is twice that of last year. The grapes will be stored in a special refrigerated facility and will continue to be shipped until the end of the year.