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■Matsudo, the birthplace of the ‘20th Century’ pear variety
Chiba prefecture is Japan’s largest grower of pears, and production in Matsudo and surrounding regions is thriving. Matsudo is particularly well known as the birth place of the ‘2oth Century’ pear variety (or Nijyu-seiki in Japanese). Many of today’s pear varieties can be traced back to the Nijyu-seiki pear, including the widely sold Kousui and Housui varieties.
Historically, the first Nijyu-seiki pear tree was discovered in 1888 by a then 13-year-ald boy named Kakunosuke Matsudo at the village of Ohashi (within the current Matsudo city limits). He took good care of the young tree and ten years later sweet and juicy pears grew its branches. The pears become famous for their wonderful taste, and Nijyu-seiki pear seedlings were consequently sold throughout the country.
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