Japan Photo Essay: Orchard Garden

Photographic inspiration from the edges of satoyama in a Japanese countryside orchard garden.

The crops include yuzu (citrus), nashi (asian pear), kaki (persimmon), sudachi (citrus), ringo (apple), sumomo (plum), momo (peach), kuwa (mulberry), muscat (grape), satsuma imo (sweet potato), yama imo (mountain potato), tamanegi (onion), saya endou (peas), soramame (bean), gobou (burdock), ichigo (strawberry), ichijiku (fig), kiwi, grapefruit.

Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
Beautiful glossy green coloured citrus leaves on a grapefruit tree.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
Thorns on the grapefruit.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
Kuwa (mulberries) beginning to ripen. Mulberry leaves are used to feed silkworms and the tree fibre is made into washi paper.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
The compactable soil lends itself to amazing sculptured earthen retaining walls.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
First water for freshly planted satsuma imo (sweet potato) cuttings.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
Last of the ichigo (strawberry) season.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
A simple bamboo brace keeping the ichijiku (fig) branches low to the ground.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
One of the locals, batta (grasshopper) on a fig leaf.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
Kaki (persimmon) flowers.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
Momo (peaches) beginning to form.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
One of the locals, contentedly helping keep the saya endou plants free of pests.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
Katabami (oxalis), the plant depicted in the maru-ni-katabami-ken kamon logo.
Japanese orchard garden in the rural countryside
Katabami and wild strawberries.

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