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sake, shochu and sushi
[Courtesy of Shizuoka Shinbun, June 21st, 2008]
The rainy season in Japan is called “Tsuyu”. The kanji characters 梅雨 mean “Plum Rain”, because it is the season when Japanese plums are harvested and preserved either as umeboshi/梅干-salted pickled plums, or in umeshu/梅酒-plums in sake.
But this is also the season for great peaches/桃（momo) being harvested in Shizuoka Prefecture, especially in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, an area nationally famous for its greenhouse fruit growers.
This year promises a rich and very high quality crop!