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The Story of Koshu

It is my belief that Koshu, the grape, originates from China. Between 630 and 838, the Japanese court sent 19 official missions to Tang China (618 – 907). That timeline co-incides with local Japanese legend that Buddhist monk Gyoki planted the first vines in 718 in Yamanashi. The 19 missions went to China to learn about …

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