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.
Harvesting of rice begins in earnest as ears turn golden
The harvesting of rice has begun in earnest in the town of Tobetsu in the Ishikari region of central Hokkaido, where rice production thrives. Due to the continuous intense heat of the summer this year, harvesting has begun more than 10 days earlier than usual.
At Yamada Farm, at which ‘Nanatsuboshi’ and ‘Kirara 397’ varieties of rice are planted on total of 9 hectares of land, Mr. Yamada loaded trucks with the golden-colored ears of rice he harvested with a combine harvester from September 11. “This year, the growth has been uneven and it was difficult to determine when to start harvesting, but the ears are packed with grains,” said Mr. Yamada. Harvesting will continue throughout September.