About Wakayama Farm
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Wakayama Farm, Inc.
Founded: February 1, 2017
Capital: ¥9.9 million
CEO: Taro Wakayama
Number of employees: 12 (as of January, 2021)
About Wakayama Farm, Inc.
Wakayama Farm is a three-generation farmer, with 24 hectares land, dedicated to harvesting bamboo shoots and chestnuts by the circular-agricultural method.
The history of Wakayama Farm dates back to about 350 years ago when the Wakayama family’s ancestors first settled in this land and cultivated the vast wild forest. For centuries the Wakayama Family has cultivated many different crops. The first turning point was about 100 years ago when Zenzo Wakayama who studied modern agriculture at the university decided to focus the business on bamboo shoots and chestnuts by the circular-agricultural approach and then Wakayama Farm was founded.
The Second-generation Yukio Wakayama advanced the business further. Amid the fast expansion of plastics and imported petroleum products during the mid-20th century, Yukio developed new processing technologies for bamboo materials and new bamboo varieties.
The Third-generation Taro Wakayama, current CEO of Wakayama Farm, Inc., shifted the focus away from the bamboo as strictly utility plant to introducing it into comprehensive landscape design and recognized how bamboo enhances the urban cityscapes. Today, Wakayama Farm is the largest and one-of-a-kind bamboo nursery in Japan.
Wakayama Farm, Inc. focuses on harvesting bamboo shoots and chestnuts, producing wide range of varieties of bamboos for landscaping, and use the bamboo forest for ecotourism.