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Amakusa Olive Orchard AVILO

〜Amakusa Olive Orchard AVILO ~ All for that single, sparkling green drop ~〜

天草オリーブ園AVILO
Kumamoto

Surrounded by the Ariake Sea, Shiranui Sea, East China Sea, and countless small islands and inlets, the Amakusa region in Kumamoto Prefecture is famed for its abundant blessings from the ocean and as a prime location for dolphin watching. Here in this special place, there are people who are working hard every day to nurture olives, which are native to Mediterranean Europe, into a new treasure of the region. Through continued trial and error, they are overcoming the challenges that such a venture brings, such as preparing the soil, dealing with Japan’s unique climate, and developing products that epitomize Amakusa. Little by little, they are making progress in their endeavor. The story encapsulated in that single green drop has only just begun.

KOKURA Creation

〜Kokura-ori, the Lost Textile Revived for the Modern Age〜

小倉クリエーション
Fukuoka

“A fateful encounter with a single remnant of fabric.” The small piece of cotton cloth with a soft, suede-like texture that textile artist, Noriko Tsuiki, came across in an antique store was a remnant of Kokura-ori, a style of textile that flourished in the ancient province of Buzen and that was used to make hakama trousers and obi sashes for the samurai class in the Edo Period. Through Ms. Tsuiki’s innovation and inventiveness in reviving this traditional skill, which was once lost in the upheaval of the times, and adapting it to the modern age, the vertical striped patterns that are the biggest charm of Kokura-ori textiles are now soaring out into the world.

Oyama Yumekobo

〜Aged Umeshu, the Pride of Oyama, the Home of Ume〜

おおやま夢工房
Ooita

Ume plums picked in the morning are in the brewery’s tanks by the afternoon. Oyama Yumekobo makes “the ultimate umeshu” together with the local community of Oyama, one of Kyushu’s top ume growing regions. This story conveys the forthright intentions of the farmers, who handle each and every ume fruit with sincerity, and the brewers who, through repeated trial and error, endeavor to bring out the maximum of the inherent flavor of the ume.

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