Updated at 2023-05-31
Every Japanese woman has a set of pearls in her jewelry box. Pearls symbolize protection, and wearing pearls to weddings and funerals is a longstanding Japanese tradition. Japan has a robust pearl-farming industry and is home to Akoya pearls, world-renowned for their color and quality. Akoya pearls are produced by Akoya oysters, found in the Seto Inland Sea. Therefore, it is not an exaggeration when some say that the Seto Inland Sea is the birthplace of Japanese pearls. The brooch in the picture is decorated with pearls.
Agreement date: July 18, 2016
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