The shochu made here from sweet potatoes grown from volcanic ash soil goes very well with the local food. The people here have gone through hard times, painful times, and fun times together with this fine alcohol. One young brewer has just started on the long road to seek out new flavors. As he tries to create the finest taste, he works to gather more experience.
This is a Shinto dance that is held all night once each December. For the climax of the evening, they perform a sword dance that originated from legends surrounding the blade. Homes in the area also make soba noodles for the people watching the all-night dances. These traditional dances and flavors warmly greet onlookers.
Love for the Region
The local cable TV station works hard, tirelessly covering local residents. From their coverage emerges a picture of the people's love for their area. There, an agriculture high school sends off its final class before it is shut down. Residents say that even if locals leave town, most of them come back.