Six Years On: Strawberry Pickers in Miyagi Set Guinness World Record (News)


Watari, Miyagi Pref., March 5 (Jiji Press)—A total of 1,141 people picked strawberries together on Sunday in an event in Miyagi Prefecture to promote a postdisaster revival of local strawberry farmers, setting a new Guinness World Record.

The Miyagi towns of Watari and Yamamoto were the biggest production center of strawberries in the Tōhoku northeastern region until a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11, 2011.

Due to the tsunami, 95% of the local land for strawberry farming was damaged. To rebuild the industry, the towns set up 191 greenhouses in total with the support from the central government in 2013, paving the way for full resumption of strawberry shipments from the towns.

The day's event, sponsored by the Watari government, took place in one of the greenhouses. Guinness World Records recognized that the 1,141 people set a world record by picking strawberries en masse.

In Watari, most of its 250 strawberry farms were damaged by the March 2011 disasters. At present, 170 farms operate in the town, including those using such state-backed greenhouses.

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Enjoying fresh fruit at the record-breaking strawberry-picking event. A total of 1,141 people crowded into the greenhouse in Watari, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 5, 2017. (© Jiji)

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