Chestnut cultivation began in Obuse in 1367. It started with the saplings that Jorin Ogino, a wealthy man from Tanba brought with him when he moved to Obuse. For the 600 and so years since then, the people of Obuse have loved chestnuts. During the Edo period, Obuse chestnuts were offered as tribute to the Shogun and carefully managed by government officials. Chestnut confections were born during the end of the Edo period, and with the introduction of canning during the Meiji period became year-round goods. The chestnut trees in people's yards convey their spirit.