Somewhat of a departure from my normal "me at work" snapshots...this is me yesterday morning hauling stuff through the mikan trees. Note my new year's fashion statement:
Many of my friends have heard me rant and rave about how awesome the fruits are in Japan. A few have even had the chance to sample some of the fruits here...and all agree.
One of the reasons for the incredible flavours and quality of the fruits in this country is attention to detail. Many fruits, for instance, are given individual care. By "individual", I don't mean "per tree". I mean "per fruit".
As an example, this is a short video of me wrapping a "kara" citrus fruit, which matures in April/ May and is apparently so good that the entire crop is reserved in advance, so they're not readily available in stores.
Each kara is individually wrapped to protect it from birds (who, in this area at least, apparently know enough about citrus fruits to discriminate among varieties), rain, and cold.
I and some friends wrapped all the fruits on two trees before calling it quits for the day. I've never had a kara orange, so I guess I'll have to come back here in April or May to enjoy the fruits of my labour (I know, terrible pun).