At the end of the trip I visited the mountains (Nagano) and I was taken to visit a local woman (a weaver artist) interested in foraging, Hisako Amari, and her potter husband Hiroshi Amari.. I found ashitaba growing on her window sill in the living room… I was told that these plants were maybe 10 years old. The leaves were harvested regularly for the kitchen, stopping the plant flowering and lengthening its life!

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