Should all farmers rely on agricultural cooperatives?

Vivid red mangoes full of Kochi’s sun’s essence are packed by Murata Seikou, owner of Murata Farm. He then puts a sticker and an address on the boxes as they will be trucked to customers who ordered them from all over Japan. They are destined to be someone’s smile every year. These are “Yosakoi Mangoes”, and they are raised with a lot of love by Murata Seikou and Yuriko’s husband and wife team at Murata Farm in Ino. Continue reading Should all farmers rely on agricultural cooperatives?

Hachy Catches People’s Attention

A man is busily running in and out of an office in beach sandals. He takes 2 or 3 phone calls during just half an hour, and soon after, driving 15minutes to, running around with sprays through his factory, in which there are about 20 tanks of different sizes and those are exposed to sunlight. When he finishes taking a look at everything, he runs back to his car and goes back to his office again for one more conference or one more important document.

This is Jun Hachiya’s everyday life. Continue reading Hachy Catches People’s Attention

Studying Japanese with local vegetables

veg1On one of the rare sunny days during the rainy season, a few Chinese, Korean and Indonesian students are gathered in a classroom in the Asakura Fureai Center, near Kochi University, for an unusual language lesson. But instead of a whiteboard, there are three big tables with gas cookers. Continue reading Studying Japanese with local vegetables

Onomi: a place of wonderful products

It’s the year 586, and a famer named Chozaemon is climbing a mountain ridge. He looks north from top of a tree and finds a wide,  beautiful plain between two mountains where no human has so far set foot. A beautiful river is flowing. There are also various wild animals. He is so pleased he names it “Onomi”. [o] meaning [big, 大], [no] meaning [field, 野] and [mi] meaning [look, 見]. All these years later, his find gives us many good things. Continue reading Onomi: a place of wonderful products


Near the exit at the end of the express way in Shimanto township, there is a crowed place. Some people are eating grilled pork and ice cream, sitting and talking and smoking. In the wooden building, some local agricultural products are sold and there is a restaurant. There is a wonderful place of natural bueauty. It is “Agri-Kubokawa”. Continue reading Agri-Kubokawa

Grilled eggplant ice cream?!

nasu_exteriorAlong the road to Aki city, perched beside the ocean, there is a small shop with an orange advertisement: “Grilled Eggplant Ice Cream”. Inside, a sweet vanilla smell is drifting, and there are various ice creams in the showcase. With the first bite of grilled eggplant ice cream, the charcoal-grilled flavor spread to the mouth, never before tasted. After that first bite, the mouth demands one more.
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