Welcome to Shōdoshima Japan the birthplace of the Japanese olive industry. Olive trees have been grown on the island since 1908. Now the island has become a popular tourist destination, complete with an olive park and Japanese bath house.
While there are some 40 species of Olea in the world, Olea europea is the dominate one used in what most people call olive oil. Olea europea is typicaly associated with Mediterranean climates, I was surprised to find a semblance of an olive oil industry in rainy Japan. Olives seem to be a popular ornamental tree in urban areas of Japan, I spotted them in all the major cities and a few small towns..
|Tiny Oil Kalamata|
|Back out in the park more sights one does not associate with Japanor Olives..|
|I imagine planting on terraces help improve the drainage.|
|This grove must of contained some of the oldest olive trees on the island.|
|Some very well established trees.|