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This photo is one that was taken on a farm in the suburbs of Katsunuma, Yamanashi prefecture in the summer of six years ago. Grapes grew on rich in the farm, and it was waiting for the time of mowing. Although, the popularity is not high in the world about the grapes of Japan, it begins to have carried out cultivation, which is a kind of European grape "Koshu" species near current Koshu city, Yamanashi Prefecture. Grape cultivation spread from the Kamakura period at the farmhouse around Katsunuma, and fame of Koshu grape has increased during the Edo period. There is also encouraging the government to enter the Meiji period, from around 1874, the production of wine was started in Katsunuma around. However, probably because wine did not meet the taste of Japanese, it did not increase very much with brewing and high-consumption. In the world, it's reported that approximately 10% of the grapes produced is eaten raw, brewed for 80%, the rest is the processing of the other. In contrast, in Japan, 80% of grapes produced are eaten raw, for brewing is 10% and the rest is for processing. Lovers of wine has increased to around the young people in recent years. The grape-producing areas around the world, stick sewing and espalier in many cases. However, it grows big trees as a shelf sewing in the reason of the climate of humid and high rainfall in Japan.

(p.s.)
The white cover on a grape:
The white cover on a grape is for preventing the grape which became purple discoloring black and a fruit bearing unsavory as a result by strong direct rays.
- a postscript in August 1, 2013 -

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