Katsuragi, a town in Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture with a 400-year-old tradition of producing dried persimmons for use in New Year decorations, has turned orange as farmers begin hanging the fruit on bamboo skewers.
In one of the districts of the town, some 70 farm households have been busy peeling persimmons with machines, putting them on sticks of bamboo and then hanging them in the open air to dry. Each 50-centimeter skewer has 10 persimmons.
Production is expected to continue until late November and the finished products will be mainly shipped to the Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe area in mid-December. Dried persimmons are used to decorate Japanese homes, together with round rice cakes and "daidai" citrus, as good luck items during the New Year holiday.