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Protecting the geographical indication “ICHIDA GAKI/ICHIDA KAKI/HONG ICHIDA” for dried persimmons
On June 14, 2021, the Director of the National Office of Intellectual Property issued Decision No. 2176/QD-SHTT on the issuance of the Certificate of registration of geographical indications No. 00107 for the geographical indication "ICHIDA GAKI/ICHIDA KAKI" /ICHIDA persimmon” for dried persimmons. Minami Shinshu Agricultural Cooperative Association is the organization that manages geographical indications.

Dried persimmons “ICHIDA GAKI/ICHIDA KAKI/HONG ICHIDA” is one of three products bearing geographical indications in the pilot project to implement the Memorandum of Understanding on geographical indications cooperation between the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam under the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam and the Food Industry Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. This is the second Japanese GI to be protected in Vietnam after the geographical indication "KAGOSHIMA KUROUSHI/KAGOSHIMA WAGYU/BEET KAGOSHIMA" for beef products.

Dried persimmons “ICHIDA GAKI” in Nagano Prefecture (Japan) have a long history of production. It is said that the cultivation of astringent persimmons and the production of dried persimmons on skewers have been practiced in Iida city, Shimoina district, Iijima town and Nakagawa village in Kamiina district, Nagano prefecture since the Kamakura period. The variety of dried persimmon "ICHIDA GAKI" is an ancient persimmon tree located in the grounds of the Ise shrine, located in the land of Shimoichida (Takamori - machi, Shimoina - gun, Nagano) in the 1800s. The story described that, the people of the village seeing that the persimmons harvested from this tree tasted delicious when baked, this persimmon tree was grafted and propagated throughout the village. When it was released to the market in Tokyo in 1921, it was named “ICHIDA GAKI” after its place of origin. Today, the dried persimmon “ICHIDA GAKI” has become a preserved food to be eaten from January to February and has become a seasonal tradition of the geographical area.

Geographical area:

  - Nakagawa village and Iijima town in Kamiina district, Nagano prefecture, Japan;

  - Shimoina District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan;

  - Iida City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

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