Ijira ohmi gaki (dried persimmons)

This is a kind of astringent persimmon cultivated mainly in Yamagata City. It was originally brought from the Ohmi region (corresponding to the area covering today’s Shiga Prefecture), and the name was taken from it. The cultivation was greatly expanded in the late Taisho period to the early Showa period (about 1920 to 1930). The tree bears many small fruits which are suitable for making dried persimmons. They are called “ren-gaki,” meaning lined-up persimmons, or a group of persimmons arranged in a row as they are strung together and hung like a bamboo blind, which is a familiar seasonal sight in the area.
○ Main cultivation area
Yamagata City (former Ijira Town)
○ Harvest period
Early November
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Shakunage no Sato
Horada, Yamagata City

Address127-131 Horada, Yamagata City (inside the Furuta Shokin Memorial Museum)[Map
Phone Number0581-36-1023
Opening Hour8:30~15:00
HolidayMondays, year-end and New Year Holidays
Parking Capacity15 cars
Access Approx. 40 minutes by car from JR Tokaido Shinkansen "Gifu-Hashima Station"
A winter tradition of the Ijira area, "Rengaki" - lucky charms for the new year.
Dried bitter persimmons cultivated only in the northern part of Ijira area of Yamagata City. They are large in size and sweet when dried. Being dried for about one month while controlling the ventilation and humidity, white powder appears on the surface. It indicates that they have become sweet.
Service periodFrom mid-December to late December
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<Messages from the Staff> We preserve the taste of our tradition. "Makigaki" is a popular sweets item from dried persimmons.

Farmers' Market Tenkomori
Kogura, Yamagata City

Address755-2 Kogura, Yamagata City[Map
Phone Number0581-36-2663
Opening Hour8:30~17:00
HolidayWednesdays (and year-end and New Year Holidays)
Parking Capacity70 cars
Access Approx. 20 minutes by car from Tokai-Kanjo Expressway "Seki-Hiromi IC"
Larger and sweeter! Dried persimmons representing people's new year wishes for health and luck.
Dried permission production is part of the traditional culture handed down over generations. To enjoy this winter sweet with other people demonstrates their wish to live in peace together, this year and next year.
Service periodFrom mid-December to late December
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<Messages from the Staff> Winter specialty offered on various occasions. Special dried persimmons rich in sweetness and flavor.