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HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island Teams Up with Local Community to Restore Agricultural Traditions

  • HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island

HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island has teamed up with the local community to cultivate descendants of the once-bountiful Okinawan soybean variety “Kumomami” in the on-site vegetable garden to restore and preserve the agricultural traditions of the islanders.

Once, Taketomi islanders grew Kumomami and made them into tofu at their homes. As the wave of modernization hit the island, mass-produced soybeans took over, and soon enough Kumomami went extinct and people stopped making Kumomami tofu. HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island received several Kumomami seeds in January 2019, and will use these to restore cultivation of these beans.

Furthermore, the ultimate goal of this project is to create an opportunity where children can learn about the culture related to food and farming by growing and cooking Kumomami soybeans. HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island began a quest to preserve the unique agriculture of the island in 2017, when the vegetable garden at HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island began growing sweet potatoes and millets based on advice from village elders. This year, Kumomami was added to the vegetable garden. On February 2nd, the hotel staff and the children from the local community planted Kumomami seeds in the vegetable garden at HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island, and the harvesting is scheduled for May. HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island also hosts “Village Day” every June 1st to show appreciations to the people of Taketomi Island. This year, June 1st will mark the big milestone when the hotel staff and the children make and taste Kumomami tofu together that was once lost from the island.

HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island
Address: Taketomi, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa 907-1101, Japan
Transportation: about 10 minutes by ferry from Ishigaki Island; bus shuttle from Taketomi port to the hotel
Reservation Center: +81-(0)50-3786-1144
Number of rooms: 48
Check-in: 15:00 Check-out: 12:00
Nightly price: from 51,600 yen per room (minimum 2 nights) (excluding tax, service charge and meals)
Website: https://hoshinoya.com/taketomijima/en/

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