Daikon Island
Daikon Island
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Chuzaa
By Chuzaa
“Daikon-jima” or Radish Island
May 2016
This is a small island of Matsue, Shimane Prefecture at the eastern border with the city of Sakaiminato in the neighbouring Tottori Prefecture. The name “Daikon-jima” or Radish Island is by any standard a strange one. They say in the Tokugawa (or Edo) period (1603 – 1868), the island was in fact a major production centre of Korean Ginseng in Japan. Since the Korean Ginseng was a very precious and thus expensive product, the people didn’t want to attract any outsiders coming to the island. So, they deliberately named their island “Daikon-jima” saying that they grow lots of radishes there. The island is nowadays known for two products; Korean ginseng and peonies. Since the cultivation of Korean ginseng requires a minimum of six to seven years before it is available for sale, farmers needed something that bring in an annual income and they developed peony plants for the nation-wide distribution. We enjoyed a nice, but short driving through the island with a stopover at the Yuushi-en Garden, a very nice Japanese garden where we were able to stroll around relatively freely. Unlike the famous Adachi Museum’s Japanese gardens in the nearby Yasugi where you can only see the gardens from certain spots, the Yuushi-en Garden is for actual strolling. Since we were there in April, we were able to enjoy blooming peony flowers as well. We drove out from Daikon-jima Island to Sakaiminato via another small island of E-shima. E-shima Island is known for the E-shima Bridge with spectacular up and down road.

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Chuzaa
Vancouver, Canada3,514 contributions
May 2016 • Family
This is a small island of Matsue, Shimane Prefecture at the eastern border with the city of Sakaiminato in the neighbouring Tottori Prefecture. The name “Daikon-jima” or Radish Island is by any standard a strange one. They say in the Tokugawa (or Edo) period (1603 – 1868), the island was in fact a major production centre of Korean Ginseng in Japan. Since the Korean Ginseng was a very precious and thus expensive product, the people didn’t want to attract any outsiders coming to the island. So, they deliberately named their island “Daikon-jima” saying that they grow lots of radishes there.

The island is nowadays known for two products; Korean ginseng and peonies. Since the cultivation of Korean ginseng requires a minimum of six to seven years before it is available for sale, farmers needed something that bring in an annual income and they developed peony plants for the nation-wide distribution.

We enjoyed a nice, but short driving through the island with a stopover at the Yuushi-en Garden, a very nice Japanese garden where we were able to stroll around relatively freely. Unlike the famous Adachi Museum’s Japanese gardens in the nearby Yasugi where you can only see the gardens from certain spots, the Yuushi-en Garden is for actual strolling. Since we were there in April, we were able to enjoy blooming peony flowers as well.

We drove out from Daikon-jima Island to Sakaiminato via another small island of E-shima. E-shima Island is known for the E-shima Bridge with spectacular up and down road.
Written October 24, 2016
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