Here is a Japanese Wasabi Video.
It is supposed to be a documentary, but it seems more like a tourist “come to Japan” advertisement.
Have a look and see what you think.
Since the time this documentary was made most of the rivers and streams East of Tokyo have been contaminated with radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear power station disaster. This has caused most of the mountain and river wasabi farms shown in this documentary to be abandoned as people are evacuated from the contaminated areas.
There are a number of misinformation snippets through the video that were probably intentional as the video makers would have no idea this was happening.
I found the Australian voice over the actual Australian voices of the Australian people who were interviewed for the video strange to say the least.
The wasabi plants that were shown as being grown in Tasmania using similar methods to the traditional Japanese methods did not appear very healthy, and were suffering from an insect infestation.
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