I fell in love with Aya the first time I saw her. She sat quietly under an impossibly blue sky, ringed by emerald green mountains and evergreen forests.
The hills around her were dotted with wild camellia forests and citrus groves. A beautiful castle sat majestically on a bluff.
I remember telling myself “Oh, Aya. I could live with you!”
Aya is a leading sustainable organic farming community in Japan, located about 20 kilometers away from our hometown of Miyazaki. She is also the source and the namesake of our Aya Camellia oil.
Centuries went by. For the most part Aya remained a peaceful, agrarian haven nestled in the lush green highlands of Miyazaki.
Forty years ago, the town’s visionary mayor began to promote the ideas of sustainability and organic farming to anybody who would listen. And many did. He turned the forests into protected reserves, halted industrial development, and encouraged traditional craftsmen and artisans to set up shop.
As the roots of Aya grow deeper and her flowers bloom brighter each year, she lures in visitors from all over Japan who wish to learn more about organic farming and sustainable living.
If you ever visit Miyazaki, go see her. You could fall in love with Aya, as I did!