It was 1908 when the olive trees were brought the Shodoshima island for the first time. Three prefectures were selected to experiment cultivating olive oil and they started out the trial plantation with a scale of 1.2 hectares of land. The trees planted on Shodoshima were the only ones growing relatively well and it’s said that 507 trees took root out of the 519 trees planted. The success of the olive plantation on Shodoshima must come from the farmers’ steady effort and the island’s mild climate which reminds us of the wind from the Mediterranean sea.

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