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Although a great deal of plant food produce is imported from abroad, Yasai Koujou are a common source for many Japanese vegetables and plant foods. Wonderfully pristine and efficient, they represent a future model of plant food production which is in fact in wide spread use in contemporary Japan. The Japanese are well known for being fastidious in their habits and this is reflected in many facets of daily life including agriculture. The term, yasai kouhou, literally means vegetable factory. In some instances yasai koujou employ exotic scientific methods such as cloning of plant cuttings, genomics, hydroponics, and artificial water-retaining soil substitutes. But mostly the usage of the term is more prosaic. It just indicates a place of agricultural plant production. Families and individuals often visit yasai koujou in person, much as they would visit a national park, a museum, or a recreation area. We especially like the blueberry and strawberry farms where you can eat and take home as much as you can pick within a designated time for a small set fee.

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We have listed a small sampling of links and images to allow viewers to find out more about Japanese yasai koujou.

Yumei Farm Ukan, hi tech farm.

http://www.cco.ne.jp/ukan/yume_farm.html

Rikuden

http://www.rikuden.co.jp/kenkyu/ku_tadan.htm

http://www.rikuden.co.jp/kenkyu/ku_yasai.htm

Automatic Vegetable Factory Jidou Yasai Kou Jou

http://www.aqm.co.jp/souchi/aqm(yasai).htm

http://www2.gol.com/users/miyu/fdome.html



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Fuji San


Swedeponic System

http://www.chiyodakohan.co.jp/SP/SP013.html


http://www.tuat.ac.jp/~kurochan/info-23akagi.htm


http://www.tepco.co.jp/custom/special/hyperbaric/technical/leaf4-j.html

Japanese are primarily Buddhists. This influences their lives and thinking to the extent that they are more apt to be sensitive and inquisitive. For reasons not fully understood by westerners they do not seem to fear science. For the most part they are adequately prepared by educational systems. They do not seem to require the selective hearing process so common in Americans, viz scientific matters and as a result selective contempt for certain scientific principles is absent. Nor are they swayed by the unnecessary hype and hyperbole surrounding modern developments in agricultural production. In one recent survey presented on television, for example, when asked if irradiated food was dangerous, 76% said that they didn't think so. As a follow up question, they were asked why they thought it wasn't dangerous. Again the majority answered that the irradiation process is carried out in such a way that contaminants are eliminated and the food itself is not radioactive.


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