Shodo Island, (Shodoshima for the Japanese), is located in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. Even when its name means literally “Island of small beans” it is also known as “Olive Island”. Yes, there are olive trees in Japan. So far most of them are on this little island, and now some have recently been planted on the main island as well.
After being part of the jury for Japan Olive Oil Prize 2016, the prestigious olive oil competition held in Tokyo, I flew to the city of Takamatsu. From there I took a ferry boat-which properly displayed a giant painted olive-towards the port of Ikeda, in Shodoshima.