Whenever we have guests from out of the prefecture, I always ask them their reason for coming to Nagano. For this holiday weekend, for many of them their purpose for coming to Nagano was: Apples! One family sponsors a whole tree and came to harvest it, another came to get apples for making jam, another came to give their kids the experience of picking apples, etc., etc. One local apple orchard, Miyashita Farm, gave us a bunch of apples and we have them set out at our front counter for the guests to have. Kamiyamada is certainly blessed with delicious apples!