Citrus sudachi are being dried inside a room in the town of Kamiyama in the western prefecture of Tokushima in this recent photo. It is said the fruits last longer by reducing the moisture content. Many sudachi are laid on the floors of a barn and a warehouse owned by Yoshinori Ueno, 63, who grows the fruits using roughly 5,000 square meters of land. Though the fruits are usually dried for around four days, they were laid for only three days to dry this year, as they had less water content due to the severe summer heat. Ueno commented, "Though the harvest is low, their scent and tanginess is outstanding."
(Japanese original by Naohiro Yamada, Osaka Photo Group)