White radishes are lined up like a curtain against the blue skies on a fine winter's day. Mt. Fuji can be seen through the gaps between the radishes hung over wooden frames built on the sloping fields. Various vegetables have been raised from ancient times in the west foothills of Hakone in Mishima City since the soil containing volcanic ash is soft and drains well. Radishes, a symbolic winter Mishima vegetable made in the west foothills of Hakone (Hakone Seiroku Mishima Yasai), are dried in the sun until soft enough to be bent without breaking and made into pickles. This process is essential for maintaining the taste because the sweetness of the radish increases through exposure to the cold air. The drying of the radishes marks for Mishima town and the people the start of preparations for the winter.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
Drying radishes can be seen in the west foothills of the Hakone Mountains (around Mitsuyashinden, Mishima City). They can be seen in general from late November to early December though the times vary from farm to farm. Please make sure not to disturb neighbors when touring and taking photos because most radish drying locations are on private property.
The pleasure of travel: Mt. Fuji and dried radish
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updated on Mar 18, 2016