March 16, 2022 Cultural assets and cultural facilities were also damaged. At the former Kosakamura Industrial Association Ishikura, a nationally registered tangible cultural property in Kunimi-cho, Date-gun, the masonry on the outer wall collapsed. It seems that Ishikura had just recovered in February 2022 after a part of the wall collapsed due to the February 2021 Fukushima-ken-oki earthquake. JA Fukushima Mirai, which is owned and managed, is very disappointing. He has expressed his view that he wants to restore it because it is an important property of the area. It seems that the roof tiles were also damaged by the masonry on the wall, which was different from the one in February last year. Built in 1941, it is one of the largest existing stone warehouses in the town and became a nationally registered tangible cultural property in 2016. In addition, Iwaki City Coal and Fossil Museum Horuru (management company: Iwaki Kanko Machizukuri Bureau) seems to have damaged the roof etc. due to a part of the steel frame of the facility falling into the building. It seems that the materials from the time when the Joban coalfield（Exists in the past from Tomioka Town, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture to Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture） prospered and the precious fossils such as Futabasaurus suzukii found in the city did not damage the exhibits and cultural properties, so it is safe for the time being. Fukushima Local Meteorological Observatory (Matsukicho) announced on April 4, 2022 that Prunus yedoensis has blossomed in Fukushima City. It blooms 3 days earlier than normal and is expected to be in full bloom around 7-8 days. Last year’s flowering was on March 25, the earliest since the start of observation in 1953, about 70 years ago, and it seems that the temperature in March this year was not as high as last year and was delayed by 10 days. Meteorological Observatory staff confirmed that five or six or more flowers had opened on the specimen tree in Shinobuyama Park (Taishido, Fukushima City). According to the meteorological observatory, the city’s expected maximum temperature is 15 degrees Celsius on the 5th and 21 degrees Celsius on the 6th, with warm days continuing. The Sakura Festival will be held in the park until April 17th. Fukushima Three Major Brand Chicken Promotion Council (Aizu homebred chicken Mishimaya Co., Ltd., Kawamata Town Agricultural Promotion Corporation, Date Bussan Co., Ltd. are the three representative ingredients of Fukushima Prefecture, “Aizu homebred chicken” and “Kawamata gamecock”. “Date chicken” is scheduled to release “Original mixed rice base set” using Aizu homebred chicken, Kawamata shamo, and Date chicken on April 11. It seems to be the first product completed as a council. Using ingredients that represent Fukushima Prefecture, it seems to convey the deliciousness to the whole country. Date Bussan in Date City, which produces and sells chickens, Aizu homebred chicken Mishima store in Mishima-cho, Onuma-gun (joined the “Most Beautiful Village in Japan” Union in 2012), Kawamata-cho Agricultural Promotion Corporation, Fukushima, which is the secretariat. It seems that the city’s first printing set up a council in May 2021 and is preparing for it. It seems that Yamagiwa Shokusai Kobo in Aizuwakamatsu City cooperated in the production. Aizu homebred chicken seems to be finished in Western style using tomato, basil, onion and so on. Kawamata gamecock seems to have a Japanese taste that makes the best use of the flavors of frozen bean curd, turnip leaves, and ginger. The date chicken is Chinese style, and the exquisite texture of bamboo sprouts and burdock seems to be good. All of them seem to incorporate plenty of vegetables from Fukushima prefecture, so if you see them, be sure to buy them. JA Fukushima Mirai is the northern region of Fukushima prefecture (Fukushima city, Date city, Nihonmatsu city, Motomiya city, Kawamata town, Kunimi town, Koori town, Otama village) and Soma area (Soma city, Minamisoma city, Shinchi town, Iitate village) It is a wide-area JA that has jurisdiction over 12 municipalities, and the area under its jurisdiction occupies 19% of the total area of Fukushima Prefecture. The Abukuma River runs north-south through the central area in the northern part of the prefecture, and a basin extends in that basin. In addition to forming one of the nation’s leading fruit tree areas such as peaches, apples and pears, the area is said to have many tourism resources such as hot springs. The Soma region facing the sea is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Abukuma Highlands, so the climate is mild. Paddy rice is popular in the flat areas, and livestock is popular in the mountains. Fruits, vegetables, paddy rice and livestock are produced in a well-balanced manner throughout the jurisdiction. Prehistoric Fukushima City seems to have been on the seabed after being separated from the continent. After that, it became uplifted and landed, and sedimentary layers were formed by active volcanic activity. Due to subsidence, lakes were formed in the north and marshes and swamps were formed in the south. Then, the subsidence continued, and the sedimentary basin of the alluvial fan was formed by the sediment of the river, and the subsidence is still continuing. In addition, the Abukuma River created a floodplain while changing the flow path each time a flood occurred. Many Jomon settlements were born in this area rich in nature, blessed with rivers and mountains. After the Yayoi period, the area was under the control of the Yamato administration during the Kofun period, and became Shinobu noKoori in the 7th century. The connection with the imperial court in the Nara and early Heian periods can be seen in the ruins of the county, the ruins of the Koshihama abandoned temple, the ruins of the Nishihara abandoned temple, and Kiyoakizuka. After Mr. Sato ruled this area of Oshu Fujiwara’s villa, and after the conquest of Oshu by Minamoto no Yoritomo at the end of the Heian period, Mr. Date will rule this area for a long time until it became the territory of Ujisato Gamo in 1591. After Mr. Uesugi ruled here in the Edo period, Mr. Honda, Mr. Hotta, and Mr. Itakura ruled the Fukushima clan and reached the Meiji era. In the history of Fukushima City, the major battles fought here in Fukushima are the “Battle of Ishinazaka” and the “Battle of Matsukawa”. There were few other conflicts, and it can be said that it was a relatively peaceful region. In the early Meiji era, the Freedom and People’s Rights Movement was active, and the “Fukushima Incident” occurred. Also, from the late Edo period to the Meiji era, the sericulture industry flourished as the center of the Tohoku economy. In order to start farming in Fukushima City, it is necessary to acquire or rent more than 40 ares (4,000 km2) of farmland. In addition, when buying, selling or leasing agricultural land, procedures from public organizations such as the Agricultural Commission that manages agricultural land and the Fukushima Prefectural Agricultural Land Intermediate Management Organization are required. The Agricultural Commission and the Fukushima Prefectural Agricultural Land Intermediate Management Organization are said to mediate agricultural land based on the list of agricultural land that has been offered for loans. Agricultural management is characteristic of each district and crop. When deciding on cultivated items and management locations, it is best to find one that suits your management style. The Prefectural Kita Agriculture and Forestry Office and JA Fukushima Mirai have staff specializing in each crop, who will give advice. Many valuable cultural assets that have been protected by our predecessors and have been handed down until now are left behind. It is said that they will continue to strive for protection through the designation and registration of cultural properties, and protect and pass them on to future generations. Currently, the number of cultural properties that have been designated is 80 for national designation, 27 for prefecture designation, and 74 for city designation. Kawamata Town, Date District is located 22 km southwest of Fukushima City, the capital of the prefecture, and is blessed with the abundant nature of the Abukuma Mountains. In the olden days, it developed as one of the leading silk fabric producing areas in Japan, such as producing Kawamata silk, which is a favorite of Edo Castle. In recent years, due to changes in the industrial structure, the manufacturing industry such as transportation machinery and equipment has become the mainstay, but the first-class goods and customs brought in during the era when silk fabrics were prosperous still remain in the town, and the capital and the capital The culture that has come into contact with the world’s first-class products fosters a pre-emptive temperament and a spirit of challenge, and can be glimpsed in agricultural and industrial manufacturing, and active events and exchanges. The climate belongs to the inland climate, and you can feel the four seasons throughout the year. In spring and autumn, there is little rainfall and many mild days, but in winter, the temperature drops and there is little snowfall, so there are many dry days. The annual weather conditions are an average temperature of 12.2 ° C, an average humidity of 65.3%, and an accumulated rainfall of 992.9 mm. Kawamata Town Agricultural Promotion Corporation: Kawamata game fowl became a “Fukushima brand certified product” in 2008. Not only is it delicious, it is a healthy meat with high protein, low calories and low fat. The exquisite chewy texture and the umami that spreads in your mouth as you chew become a habit. The production area of Kawamata game fowl, which attracts the tongues of professionals who are particular about ingredients, including those involved in restaurants, is a town surrounded by the mountains of the Abukuma mountain range. Grow freely in a quiet and spacious environment. Kawamata is a town that prospered as a production center for silk fabrics, especially habutae, and since the Edo period, the husbands of the hataya have kept shamo and enjoyed cockfighting. In 1983, it was Mr. Yasushi Watanabe, the mayor of the time, who was looking for local specialties, who noticed this tradition. The town revitalization project is launched at once. Since the meat of pure game fowl is hard, the poultry farm in Fukushima Prefecture (at that time) worked on breeding. After trial and error, he found that by crossing Red Cornish and Rhode Island Red, the meat quality would be ideal for Japanese, French, and Italian food. Kawamata Town Agricultural Promotion Corporation took over the business of Kawamata Town game fowl that started in this way in 1987, and took over the processing and sales, and cooperated with Kawamata game fowl Farm Co., Ltd., which supplies chicks, and 14 farmers who breed. I have proceeded. Mr. Kasama, President and CEO of Kosha, said, “Our strength is that we manage breeding chickens, hatching, raising chicks, fattening, and processing and selling.” Game fowl are vulnerable to noisy environments and heat, so chicken coops are scattered in the mountains at an altitude of 400 to 500 meters, a large playground is prepared, the number of birds per tsubo is suppressed, and male and female mixed breeding is done freely. We focused on improving the breeding environment for healthy growth. They is particular about food and feeds vegetables and green grass in addition to antibiotic-free feed: Overcome many difficulties and fascinate taste professionals, recovery to tomorrow, reconstruction. Town-designated intangible folk cultural property: “Yamagiya Yasaka Shrine Three-headed Lion Dance Shimogumi”: In the middle of the Edo period (at least before 180 years), this area became a bad crop, a plague broke out, and Yamanoke devastated crops. It is said that people started by dedicating a lion dance to a shrine and praying for a good harvest and the extinction of evil spirits. The characteristics of the three-headed lion dance here are said to be the “brave dance” and the lively “musical accompaniment”. In this three-headed lion dance, the upper group and the lower group take turns taking charge of the “inn” every year. It is said that what has been handed down to this day is the “Inn” system. The house that became “Inn” kept what was necessary for the lion dance for two years, and provided hospitality after the performance. The performances are eight songs, “Six beats”, “Sozoroki”, “Inn”, “Mizuage”, “Shingashosho”, “Oka”, “Female lion over”, and “Flower receiving dance”. Due to the effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake, it is currently not possible to show it locally, and it was shown at the request of other regions. “Kyoho Grape” is famous as a raw edible grape native to Japan. Compared to various grapes, the fruit tends to be larger. Nod from the reason of “King of grapes”. It is cultivated with gibberellin treatment and has few seeds. It is a hybrid of “Wase Ishihara Grapes”, a branch of “Campbell Early Grapes” discovered in the Taisho era, and the Australian variety “Centenial Grapes”, and is a representative variety of large grapes. Among the many grapes, the most popular “Kyoho Grape” is large, has amethyst-like luster and luster, has a high sugar content and acidity, and is characterized by a rich taste. “Takao Grape” is a “Kyoho Grapes” that was cultivated and selected by Mr. Kozaburo Ashikawa of the Tokyo Metropolitan Agriculture and Forestry Research Center in 1956. It is an improved seedling species. In 1975, the systematic name: “Tachikawa No. 1 Grape” was registered as a seedling name of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry at that time. The berries are purple-black oblong, slightly smaller than “Kyoho Grapes”, and the flesh is tight. In addition to polyphenols, the flesh contains a new substance, “Pentapeptide” (a substance in which five amino acids are linked), which is expected to play a major role in improving brain function. Many are included. “Kyoho Grape” is a registered trademark, and was originally a grape named “Ishihara Centennial Grapes”. In 1953, an application for registration was made under the name of the Agricultural Seedling Law, and in 1954, an application was made for registration at the Japan Patent Office. The following year, in 1955, the trademark was registered as “Kyoho Grapes”. The “Agricultural Seedling Law (Act No. 115 of 1947)” was significantly revised in 1978 (Showa 53) and the variety registration system was established and changed to the “Seedling Law” (Law No. 89). rice field. UPOV (Convention) (France: Union Internationale pour la Protection des Obtentions Végétales), which Japan joined in 1982, is the official name of the International Convention for the Protection of Seedlings. Concluded, the amendment came into effect in 1991, the law was completely amended once, and the revised law (Law No. 83) came into effect from December 24, 1998. I hear that “Takao Grapes” takes much more time and effort to cultivate than “Kyoho Grapes”. This grape is a variety with extremely low production, although it is acclaimed as “the best taste of black grapes”. The berries are purple-black oblong, slightly smaller than Kyoho Grapes, and the flesh is tight. It has a strong sweetness, moderate acidity, a slight aroma, a rich taste, and seedless grapes. In Inagi City and Hino City, Tokyo, it seems that cultivation began around 1970 by the hands of producers who fell in love with the grapes. I heard that the “Inagi City Takao Grape Study Group (currently Inagi City Takao Grape Production Association)” was established in 1976, and the “Hino City Grape Study Group (currently Hino City Grape Association)” was established in 1987. The trees are vigorous and almost “Kyoho Grapes”. Sprouting and spreading leaves are earlier than Kyoho Grapes, but flowering is slightly delayed. Most of the pollen is irregular and hardly germinates, and seeds cannot be produced. The berries are purple-black and rich in fruit powder. Treatment with gibberellin (GA) during the flowering period results in 7-8 g oval (4-5 g round in the untreated) drupe, sugar content 17-18%, low acidity, and slightly hard meat.
果粒は紫黒色の長楕円形で, 巨峰よりやや小さく, 果肉は締まっている印象. 甘みは強く, 酸味は適度に, また, わずかに香り残り, 食味は濃厚だ.
Within the JA jurisdiction, it seems that the shipment of the top batter “Azuma Shizuku Grapes” of grapes starts every year. In the Fukushima area, it seems that in 2021, the shipment volume of grapes was planned to be 165 tons, which is 120% of the previous year. Azuma Shizuku Grape is an original variety born in Fukushima prefecture. It is a large grain, black skin color, and has no seeds, so it seems to be a variety that is preferred by a wide range of generations. The 2051 product had a lot of sunshine and good coloring, and it seems that the sugar content and graininess were good. Unfortunately I couldn’t eat. Within the jurisdiction, relays of varieties such as Kyoho Grape, Takao Grape, Pione Grape, and Shine Muscat Grape will continue, and shipments are expected to continue until mid-October every year.
The Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011 caused great damage to various places, and there was also an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company. We continue to make various efforts. JGAP is a certification given to farms working on food safety and environmental conservation, and is one of the agricultural production process management methods recommended by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It seems to be to dispel anxiety about agricultural products. Even now, 11 years after the earthquake, we are still conducting radioactive material inspections before shipping to ensure safety and security. JGAP acquisition is a standard that covers not only shipments but also shipments, which covers the necessary and sufficient contents for standard Japanese farms regarding efforts for sustainable farm management such as food safety, occupational safety, environmental protection, and human rights welfare. It seems that safety and security in the production process will also be improved.