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Another interesting sight was persimmons. In the fall in Japan, the grocery stores are plump with persimmons! At the house, there was a woman taking these fruits from the large wheelbarrow shown and peeling them. They would then be hung from strings. We were told this process would help ripen the fruit and allow them time to sweeten. Another common practice is to peel the fruits and then keep them in sake for the same effect (plus, who wouldn’t want to eat a sake-soaked persimmon?).
We ended the day with lunch at the Fuefukigawa Fruit Park, which is set on top of a huge hill overlooking the city. Yamanashi is renown for their fruit production, especially grapes. They are some of the largest (imagine a bit smaller than a golfball) and most flavorful grapes I have ever eaten!