2: Nishimura Farm

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June 28th 2007
Published: June 28th 2007EDIT THIS ENTRY

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Sasayama-guchi I spent 10 days with the Nishimura family, Midori, Gen & Ray, helping on their organic farm. They also run an English school so luckily communication wasn't a problem. However Midori did give me a Japanese Verb Conjugation sheet and some exercises to work on. Shame I was too busy digging holes to dedicate more time to it!
The farm is in an idyllic rural location, nestled between tree covered mountains. The family were extremely kind and warm so it was easy to feel at home here. We worked for about 3 hours in the morning, then stop for lunch (we all chipped in in the kitchen), then 3 hours in the afternoon followed by dinner. The weather was very changeable; we had sweltery hot and humid days followed by torrential day-long down pours. The heavy rain made the clayey soil very hard to work in so after just a few hours of planting seedlings I was quickly exhausted. The tasks I helped with include, digging potatoes, planting black bean seedlings (a local speciality), picking caterpillars off the cabbages and feeding them to the chickens much to their delight, walking the dog (ah bliss, some quiet time!), making bread in their home mad bread oven, chatting to the english students after their class, and other odds and sods. It was a really fun experience and one I'd highly recommend.

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Beans at NishimuraBeans at Nishimura
Beans at Nishimura

they were delicious!
Nishimura FarmNishimura Farm
Nishimura Farm

note the farmers in their sun hats :-)
Big bambooBig bamboo
Big bamboo

this was cut for a somen party (cold noodles served in running water). Unfortunately the running water was coming from the heavens so the party was cancelled and I never did see the finished 'water feature'.
My friendly frogMy friendly frog
My friendly frog

He watched me hang out the washing every day during my stay!!
Huge CaterpillarHuge Caterpillar
Huge Caterpillar

I think this turns into an amazing black butterfly the size of a small bird.

Phew what a hot day it was!

That's 'bullet train' to you and I!
Japanese style toiletJapanese style toilet
Japanese style toilet

And this is the clean version!

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