山村塾国際ボランティア・えがおの森メンバーの活動ブログです。This is the blog of Int'l volunteers in Egaonomorim Kurogi by Sansonjuku.

by egaonomori
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カテゴリ:里山80日( 214 )

Hello, I am Ikuru.
The 80 days volunteer has passed one month.
Now there are some events every week in Sansonjyuku.
I have enjoyed to learn and new encounters.

We have harvesting rice with near farmer,last week.
We cut rice where can not harvest by machine, using a scythe. I think I did not work so much, because machine work hardly. But I thought this is good to be able to interact with local people, as a volunteer to enter the area.

We did join rice harvest event in Sikisaikan. In spite of the heavy rain, many people came to this event . We went to rice field wearing Kappa. And some people cut just few rice.
Lunch is chestnut rice cooked in the shuttle and curry.
Chestnuts rice is a favorite food, I had fun.

There are more events in this month.
I'd like to wait for the next event that will be sunny.


by egaonomori | 2017-10-18 20:13 | 里山80日 | Comments(0)


It was a long and busy week but full of newthings. Monday is a day-off here and the first time I had a chance to joinfirework festival in Japan. I thought I was missed because summer was alreadygone. Everything just was perfect and more than I imagined when watchingJapanese movie.


We walked in the dark with a sky full of starabove, the gentle breeze scented with rice beside us, the sound of insect. Isaw the father piggybacked the children and warm eyes from the mother. In thecorner of the road I saw some girls in cute yukata and geta were waiting forsome one, a group of student rode bicycle calling each others. This atmosphereI will never forget.



Three days later, we supported event with 23students from Kyushu University. They are young, proactive and full of energy.The made me remind of myself when I was at their age. We travelled quite earlyfrom Egao no mori to Asakura, it took 2 hours by car but the view was sobreathtaking. We passed enomours green field, acrossed mountain and approacheddeeper in the forest.


On the both side of the river, tree falleddown and broken completely, rock and soil went over the house, power poles wascollapsed, car was bounced back. What an dilapidated and ruined scene! Wehelped local people harvest rice and collected wood in the field. This was thefirst time I cut and held the bunch of yellow rice in my arm. The fragrance andpure beaty blown out all my stress and pressure. Thanks for everything!





by egaonomori | 2017-10-06 21:04 | 里山80日 | Comments(0)


Hello ,I'm Ikuru. I 'm from Shizuoka. And I am participating 80 days volunteer because I am attracted by rice field and forest .
By the way,I thought I want to come here before 10 month.
But I gave up to come here that schedule did not fit. So, I have a very high motivation.
I think I want to live here when I came here and it was 3days. Because There is clean water, mountain, valley and forest. I like here very much already.

I have studied agriculture .
I love forest and mountain, I am interested in forestry. And I am interested about environmental protection,I want to know efforts of Sansonjyuku that practicing forestry and agriculture.
I will get something that will be useful to myself Sansonjyuku, And come back.

Last week, We have cutting grass event for rice field protection.
I have experience about cutting machine. I thought I intended to supplement if there was any missing things when we have lectures on the first day. But I was relieved because It was too much a safety lecture.
And then, I have never cut on the stone wall. I have get good experienced.
生 Ikuru


by egaonomori | 2017-09-17 18:32 | 里山80日 | Comments(0)


last week we mostly worked in the goat field. In ourfree day we spent it here because it rained all the morning.


Fan-san and 2 girls visited Egao no mori for a fewdays to help, Kouta-san taught us how to use the grass cutter, and all of usused them in the goat field.


Some days were rainy and others were sunny and warm,to me it was more difficult to work on the sunny days because of thetemperature, usually in Mexico we don’t have that high temperature in summer,the rainy days were more enjoyable to work.



Nearly at the end of the week some foresters visitedegao no mori and we had a very lively dinner with them, there were a lot offood and beer and sake, I think everyone enjoyed it and even though we didn’tunderstand all of what they were saying, Hiro-san helped us with thetranslation and we chatted a bit.


In the end we finished cutting the grass on Sunday andwe took a picture with the goats.



by egaonomori | 2017-09-16 17:00 | 里山80日 | Comments(0)


The firstweek! It's been a week here _ 山村塾, so busy but a lot of exciting things. Ourteam has four members from Indonesia, Mexico, Japan and me _ Thảo fromVietnam.I am the only girl but quickly we got to know and support each others alot. After the orientation, the next day we started going to the rice field andmoving grass. It was the first time I had done, so difficult to discriminaterice and grass but for a while, it became easier and smoothier. The weather wasso much great: sunny and windy a bit. Three days next was a event with worshopsand camping. Some professors and students from Kyushu University also stayedwith us. We worked, ate and slept together. I had a good chance to learn a lotabout the relationship between Art and Farming, made friends and shared manythings. The BBQ Party was so amazing, too. Smoke was everywhere, we cried andsmiled together. It turned into a meaningful experience to me. We also joinedpicking - up duck event at Tsubahara's house , I was so surprised becauseJapanese kids were so good at this. We worked in the rice field, swam in thewild river and had lunch. The meal was so colorful and delicious with alk thefresh food: cucumber, eggplant, potato and of course, stewed duck, justbeautiful! Although language is a barrier but local people is very friendly andhospitable! One week passed! New life just starts!






by egaonomori | 2017-09-07 17:15 | 里山80日 | Comments(0)


Cela fait maintenant deux mois que je suisa Egao no mori, au Japon.

Le climat est assez difficile pour moi; un jour, c’est l’ete, il fait 30 degres celcius et lelendemain, c’est l’automne, il pleut et la temperature a chute de 15 degres…bref, je suis malade pour la seconde fois… mais passons.

Cette semaine, nous avons amenage despetits barrages pour ralentir l’eau a l’entrée des champs de riz, afin qu’ellese rechauffe avant d’entrer en contact avec les jeunes pieds de riz encorefragiles.

Nous sommes aussi aller debroussailler 300metres de berge, d’une riviere dans le centre ville de Fukuoka afin de faireconnaitre Sansonjuku. Apres quoi nous sommes aller manger des sushis, puis noussommes aller nous detendre dans un bain thermal.

Aujourd’hui, nous avons participe a larestauration d’une parcelle (15m x 15m) de foret. Apres la seconde guerremondiale, Kyushu a ete quasiment recouverte de cypres. Aujourd’hui leshabitants tentent de restaurer la foret en coupant les cypres et en plantantdes feuillus mais la tache est hardu, nous parlons ici de plus de 25000km2 aretaurer…

Voila pour cette semaine.

A bientot !

I have been in Egao no mori in Japan fortwo months now.

The climate is quite difficult for me; Oneday it is summer, it is 30 degrees Celcius and the next day is autumn, it rainsand the temperature has dropped 15 degrees ... in short, I'm sick for thesecond time ... but let's move on.

This week we have set up small dams to slowdown the water at the entrance of the rice fields so that it warms up beforecoming in contact with young fragile rice feet.

We are also going to brush down 300 metersof bank, a river in the city center of Fukuoka in order to make Sansonjukuknown. After which we go to eat sushi, then we go to relax in a thermal bath.

Today, we participated in the restorationof a plot (15m x 15m) of forest. After the Second World War, Kyushu was almostentirely covered with cypres. Today the inhabitants try to restore the forestby cutting the cypres and planting hardwoods but the spot is harried, we speakhere of more than 25000km2 to restore ...

Here's for this week.

See you soon !







by egaonomori | 2017-07-11 21:06 | 里山80日 | Comments(0)





2months passed since I came here. I feelthe time is just 1week. I worried about lifestyle and communication but I likeKasahara now because member, staff and local people are kind. First objectivewas to improve my English skills. But now I get idea of difference by culture.I can know it difficult to accept difference. And I have to know the world.

Thislifestyle is far from town. Before I came here there are many things that Iwanted. But I notice there was no need. Living in nature can feel happy.

I’mvery happy to I get many memory (funny, sad…). I hope come back again.




by egaonomori | 2017-07-06 22:40 | 里山80日 | Comments(0)



I joined 80days work camp. But i just join 1 month.
Because i have to join next work camp in other country.
I get many new experience and exchange with many people.
I never forget this experience and it is good experience for next work camp.
This time i can not join plant rice event. So i will join this event next year!
I will come back again here for next year!!!


by egaonomori | 2017-06-16 15:57 | 里山80日 | Comments(0)


15 jours que je suis ici.

J’ai pu voir beaucoup de chose depuis monarrivee.

D’abord, le BBQ dont je parlais la dernierefois… plusieurs membres de Sonsanjuku c’etaient reuni pour me souhaiter labienvenue, c’etait tres sympa… je n’ai pas pu refuser de gouter au sake J

En suite, nous avons recu une douzaine depersonnes pendant deux jours, pour un evennement autour du the ou nous avonsete inite aux differentes methodes, manuelles et mecaniques, de cueillette etde sechage. Nous avons egalement visiter une manufacture familiale ou chaquecultivateur viens faire secher son the, ainsi qu’une autre plus grande, unesorte de cooperative, comme pour le vin en France.

Plus tard, un autre evennement, cet foisautour du riz ou nous avons cet fois ete inite au semi.

A chaque fois, les gens se sont montre tresaccuillants.

Et entre temps, j’ai pu couper beaucoupd’herbe avec la debroussailleuse>

Ah oui ! Et Tyako, une des chevres, a eutrois chevreaux il y a cinq jours, ils grandissent vite, ils sautent dejapartout.

15 days that I am here.

I have seen a lot since my arrival.

First of all, the BBQ I was talking aboutlast time ... several members of Sonsanjuku were gathered to welcome me, it wasvery nice ... I could not refuse to taste the sake

Some days after, we received a dozen peoplefor two days, for an event around the tea where we were initiated to thedifferent methods, manual and mechanical, picking and drying. We also visit afamily factory where each farmer comes to dry his tea, as well as another larger,a kind of cooperative, as for wine in France.

Later, another event, this time around therice where we were this time inite to the semi.

Every time, people were very welcoming.

And in the meantime, I was able to cut alot of grass with the brush cutter>

Ah yes ! And Tyako, one of the goats, hadthree kids, five days ago, they grow up fast, they jump already everywhere.








by egaonomori | 2017-05-09 21:37 | 里山80日 | Comments(0)
This Week was again Full with different work and Events. On monday we drove like six weeks ago to Kumamoto, to do Volunteer work for local farmer, which have damage from the earthquakes. We helped a vegetable farm, havesting carots (and washing & cuting sweet potatos). For working motivation, they gave us so much coffee, "we can run the wall up".
On tuesday a company noritiomitekkojyo from Yanagawa invite us to the Hakushyu festival. We visited a art exposition, the museum from the important writer Hakushyu-san. After that we went to the festival. We spent the evening on a boat like in Venice with awesome dinner and not less of sake. We drove on the canal, between art, music bands, boat-bar's, happy people and firework. It was an amacing atmosphare!!
At thursday we supported on a doll-festival in the next village. Aiko-san from the office of Sansonjuku, played a doll.
We helped to clean the walls from the village. And again the village invite us for a huge dinner with again not less of Sake. This was one of the craziest dinner I ever joined. Actually we invited after this, the full village, to our farewell Party.
At saturday we finished the bamboo forest work. I realiced that we only have a few weeks left in Kashahara...

Von meinem iPhone gesendet
by egaonomori | 2016-11-24 08:54 | 里山80日 | Comments(0)