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