えがおの森メンバーの活動ブログ in 山村塾 Int'l volunteers in Egaonomori, Kurogi by Sansonjuku

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.

Weekly report 06/11~06/17

Weekly Report

While work in previous weeks has largely consisted of pruning the edges of the fields, work this week has focused much more on essential tasks at Egao no Mori.
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We started the week with a usual grass cutting in the bamboo forest, then clearing the road and collecting some old bamboo stalks for growing some vegetable crops.
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The next day we gave a helping hand to a local couple rehabilitating an old house in which they wish to live, and it was exciting. We first went to the forest surrounding the village of Kasahara, and shoveled up what the people here call Akatsuchi, a red clay that can be used for building construction. This clay, mixed with water and sand, could be directly applied on the surface thus allowing to consolidate it. The clay could be used for free but the sand had to be bought, something funny because Japan is an archipelago and therefore the sand is not supposed to be lacking. We had dinner with the couple and returned to Egao no Mori for the birthday of one of the volunteers.
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The next two days, Wednesday and Thursday, we harvested a part of the Rakkyou and the plums, the first being still to do while the second is completed, and helped the staff of Egao no Mori with the paperwork. It has been very pleasant to really work on the center's business development, since a lot of these vegetables are going to be sold. The motivation to finish the job was present. Also we started to cut the grass in the interior of the fields and not only on the edges, to advance the work of the motorized lawn mower, and thus the beginning of the tilling of the ground.
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After the harvest, we proceeded to the treatment of the vegetables, once washed and correctly cut those are immersed in an aqueous solution until the next treatment.
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On Sunday there was one of Kasahara's flagship events, the sowing of rice in the rice paddies with the families of the participants and the traditional mud battle that usually close the event. But first it was necessary to prepare this day, which is why three volunteers out of five went on Saturday morning to help the Tsubahara family, hosting the event, in the preparation of the meals but also in the consolidation of the edges of the fields with fresh mud, allowing the movement of people on the edges of the field but also serving as support for the scales.
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So we had this Sunday helped in sowing the rice with children and parents, and visited the duck farm of the Tsubahara family. It is always fascinating to see how much people come to these events with all this motivation, both parents and children. You can feel the interest that each one brings to these moments, the duty to support, by the work but also by the purchase of products harvested there, the local and organic agriculture of the region.
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Anani Isaac


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by egaonomori | 2018-06-22 18:04 | 里山80日ボランティア
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