Oyashiki (Persimmon Village)

Oyashiki is a small enclave at the top of a hill in the Koshu area of Yamanashi. In addition to having a couple of very attractive temples (Erin-ji and Hoko-ji), it also boasts a functioning waterwheel and orchards full of persimmons.

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The gate to Hoko-ji Temple

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Young people come to Hoko-ji Temple to pray for love.

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The waterwheel is surrounded by persimmon trees.

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A typical scene in Oyashiki

Many of the homes in Oyashiki maintain a traditional appearance and I found one that has been preserved in its original tsuchikabe (mud-walled) state.

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A traditional tsuchikabe (mud-walled) house

If you visit in November, you will see hoshigaki (dried persimmon) hanging under the eaves of many homes. This village is an attractive setting for two very beautiful temples.

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Oyashiki is famous for its dried persimmon.

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The persimmons are left to dry (protected from rain) for about a month.

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Dozens of orchards in the area produce dried persimmon for the local market.

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I couldn’t resist taking a picture of these beautiful pomegranates.

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