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The Strawberry Kingdom

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Fruits in Japan

Japanese fruits are famous for being expensive, but not all the fruits are. If you go to the supermarkets, there are reasonably priced fruits on sale, but it is true that there is a market for high-end fruits too.

There are many fruits that are native to Japan, like the Japanese pear (or Nashi) and Japanese persimmon (or Kaki). But there are also fruits that were introduced to Japan from abroad, most commonly in the Meiji period in Japanese history.

In this teacher's blog by Suzuki sensei from JOI Japanese online school, we are introduced to one of Japan's favorite fruit, the ichigo or strawberry. Make sure to watch the video to see the delicious photographs !

イチゴ王国
The Strawberry Kingdom

suzuki

By Suzuki Ayako

tochiotome

 私の住んでいる栃木県は、イチゴの生産量が日本一の「イチゴ王国」です。冬の日照時間が長く、肥沃な土ときれいな水に恵まれている栃木は、イチゴ栽培に適しているそうです。栃木で開発された「とちおとめ」は、日本を代表する人気の品種です。

最近「スカイベリー」という新しい品種も誕生しました。スカイベリーは、とちおとめより大きくて、高級感があり、とても甘いです。

県内にはイチゴ農園がたくさんあり、12月から5月ごろにかけて、イチゴ狩りを楽しむことができます。イチゴシーズンに栃木に来たら、おいしいイチゴをたくさん食べてくださいね。

To listen to this blog, please watch our Youtube video.

イチゴ王国(おうこく)

 私(わたし)の住(す)んでいる栃木県(とちぎけん)は、イチゴの生産量(せいさんりょう)が日本一(にほんいち)の「イチゴ王国(おうこく)」です。冬(ふゆ)の日照時間(にっしょうじかん)が長(なが)く、肥沃(ひよく)な土(つち)ときれいな水(みず)に恵(めぐ)まれている栃木(とちぎ)は、イチゴ栽培(さいばい)に適(てき)しているそうです。栃木(とちぎ)で開発(かいはつ)された「とちおとめ」は、日本(にほん)を代表(だいひょう)する人気(にんき)の品種(ひんしゅ)です。

最近(さいきん)「スカイベリー」という新(あたら)しい品種(ひんしゅ)も誕生(たんじょう)しました。スカイベリーは、とちおとめより大(おお)きくて、高級感(こうきゅうかん)があり、とても甘(あま)いです。

県内(けんない)にはイチゴ農園(のうえん)がたくさんあり、12月(がつ)から5月(がつ)ごろにかけて、イチゴ狩(が)りを楽(たの)しむことができます。イチゴシーズンに栃木(とちぎ)に来(き)たら、おいしいイチゴをたくさん食(た)べてくださいね。

 

The Strawberry Kingdom

Tochigi prefecture where I live, is Japan's biggest producer of strawberries (or ichigo in Japanese) and is known as “The Strawberry Kingdom”. Tochigi is apparently suited to the cultivation of strawberries, since it is blessed with long hours of sunlight during winter, fertile soil and clean water. The Tochiotome variety which was developed in Tochigi is one of the leading most popular varieties in Japan.

Recently, a new variety called the Sky Berry has been created. The Sky Berry is larger then the Tochiotome, is of a high quality, and is very sweet.

In the prefecture there are many strawberry farms, and you can enjoy strawberry picking from December to May. If you come to Tochigi during strawberry season, you can eat lots of delicious strawberries.

王国(おうこく)  kingdom

日照時間(にっしょうじかん)  hours of sunlight

肥沃(ひよく)な  fertile

栽培(さいばい)  cultivation

イチゴ狩(が)り  strawberry picking

suzuki

Konnichiwa. My name is Ayako Suzuki.
I live in Tochigi prefecture with my husband and two children. Tochigi has two towns that are very popular tourist attractions; Nikko, which is famous for its World Heritage shrine and its wonderful nature, and Mashiko which is famous for its pottery. Its only two hours by train from Tokyo, so if you get that chance, please come and visit Tochigi.
Through the language of Japanese, I am happy to and looking forward to meeting you all. Lets study Japanese together.

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