Floating in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea surrounded by nature, Osakikamijima Island is part of Hiroshima prefecture.
A drive along the road northeast from the port brings you to Farm Suzuki, an oyster farm located at the northernmost tip of the island.
After traveling the world trying oysters, this is the place they settled upon after learning from oyster farmers at various different locations.
Impressed with the fantastic environment, the moment Mr. Suzuki (photograph center) visited this location on Osakikamijima Island in 2011, he immediately felt that it was the pond he’d been looking for, a former saltpan that had been used for salt farming.
Farm Suzuki uses farming methods from Europe and North America, the home areas of oyster farming.
Oysters often carry the image of oyster rafts, but the method used here is different.
The oysters, which grow to a length of 4-5 cm during summer, are put in black baskets and grown carefully one by one in the cultivation pond. They are grown slowly over time, as if they are being matured.
Creating the ideal cultivation environment, pristine spring water mixed with the clear waters of the Seto Inland Sea is filled with fine quality plankton and nutrients in the cultivation pond.
This is a saltpan matured CLAIRES OYSTER.
Oysters that grow in abundant environments like this are plump and have a mild, highly sweet flavor. The small ones are the sweetest and therefore the most popular at oyster bars around the world.
These oysters are also available for online order!
During winter 2016 an oyster bar will open at Farm Suzuki.
We look forward to seeing a lovely space where you can enjoy freshly gathered oysters together with wine and sake.
Location: 37-2 Tarumi, Higashino, Osakikamijima-cho, Toyota district, Hiroshima prefecture
Online orders (Japanese, but English information is provided on the farm's website):
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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