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Popular to Hagi, Japan are a citrus fruit called "natsumikan" which litterally means summer mikan. These tangy oranges are more similar in taste to a mix of orange and grapefruit and were once of economic importance to the town. This happened when samurai were made redundant at the start of the Meiji Restoration period. 1868-1912, and their stipends were cut off. Finding themselves unemployed, the ex-samurai grew natsumikan as a means of support. Today, the sight of these oranges hanging above white walls with gray tiles are a classic image of Hagi.
- Torin Boyd 2007 - all rights reserved.
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