Osaki-Kamijima Island sits right in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea, about a 30-minute boat trip from either Akitsu or Takehara, Hiroshima prefecture.
An island with a gentle climate and lots of lemon, mandarin and blueberry fields, time passes slowly on Osaki-Kamijima.
Some of you may have seen the simple yet beautiful scenery in the film “Tokyo Kazoku” (English title: Tokyo Family, 2013).
Western Japan’s pioneering area in blueberry cultivation, Osaki-Kamijima Island blueberries are grown with an abundance of Seto Inland Sea sunlight.
This is Mr. Hideaki Kanehara who runs “Hide-chan Noen” (Hide-chan’s Orchard) where blueberries, mandarins and lemons are cultivated.
Though some years they can be harvested until mid-September, the prime time for blueberries is July thru August.
During summertime, visitors can also enjoy blueberry picking here.
Ripe blueberries picked on the spot have a very rich flavor.
The amount of anthocyanin in Osaki-Kamijima Island blueberries is among Japan’s top level.
Filling your hands with freshly picked blueberries and eating them on the spot is the height of luxury! The sweetness of the fruit fills the mouth, and the flavor has an addictive delicacy.
Frozen blueberries harvested during the summer can be enjoyed all year round.
Healthy and delicious blueberry smoothies can be easily made at home, too. I highly recommend them!
Every household on Osaki-Kamijima Island has its own unique blueberry smoothie made by the mother of the house.
This is the version made by the mom at Hide-chan Noen. It’s made with frozen blueberries, ice, syrup, and Setouchi lemon juice for a finishing touch.
The lemon’s sourness brings all the flavors together into a fresh finish.
Freshly picked blueberries… so many for only JPY1000!
At my house, we drink a healthy smoothie made with blueberries, carrot, and lemon every morning.
Location: 1891 Nakano, Osaki-Kamijima-cho, Toyota district, Hiroshima prefecture
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Makoto Esaki & Yoko Suganami (Rainbow Sake Co., Ltd.)
Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring.
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