The fireflies temptation
I was invited to a home party at my friend's house today.The children who were playing outside at night came into the house excited."Hey!! Look, look, I got it."There is a firefly on the palm.Ohh It's beautiful.When I went to the nearby river, some fireflies were frying and dancing. It was chilly outside only 15 degrees because it was raining today. So not many fireflies were flying.(The top photo was taken a few years ago.)Usually, I see a lot of fireflies around this time of year, but I haven't seen a lot of them this year yet. Fireflies come out and fry around 20 o'clock on a warm humid day.When you go to see fireflies, you'd better wear the long sleeves and boots to protect yourself from bugs and vipers in the grass by the river.Please also prepare onion head.The local grandma told me,It is said that people used to bring onion head when locals go to see fireflies.Caught a firefly and put it in the hollow of a onion.It is transparent and beautiful.It's really impressive to see fireflies dancing like crazy. (I mean to see many fireflies flying gently.)How about coming to Keihoku to see fireflies?The spots for fireflies arePlease refer to this map of fireflies in Keihoku. (From the Kyoto City HP)
Easy Camping in Utsukyo
Looking at the Ayu fishing blog the other day,I talked with the other staff about summer leisure."Camping is very popular these days! Outdoor magazines often feature camping."Our staff Mr. S said.There is a nice campsite in Keihoku!That is "Utsukyo Park".A large outdoor facility where adults and children can relax and enjoy the clear stream of Kamikatsura river surrounded by greenery.There are 21 auto campsites and 7 cottages, and you can also use them for day camping.In fact, the popular campsite is already fully booked on Saturday of July and August.But there are still vacancies on Sundays and weekdays, so please contact them if you want to use there.I asked the staff of the park, "Do you have any recommendations for camping in the coming season?" "The fireflies are about to fly this month, you can see them near the campsite.And in July and August, we will hold a summer limited event to catch ayu (sweetfish), anyone can join the event who are using the campsite.""And our best activity is rafting!Children from 4 years old can experience it with the guidance of an instructor. Everybody loves it.It will be held twice a month from June to October. Please check the time when you make a reservation.Please come and enjoy the summer of Keihoku full of greenery! "Enjoy a fun outdoor experience in summer in Keihoku!Kyoto City Utsukyo Park601 - 02661 Mukaiyama, Shimoutsu-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto CityTEL 075-855-1950* For more information and availability, please contacthttps://fuw.jp/utsukyoh/
Mecca of Ayu fishing
Have you ever taste Ayu(sweetfish)?Ayu is one of the most popular river fish in Japan.It's really tasty if like river fish. And they have a different taste by the river (temperature, water, and moss).If you haven't tried ayu yet, I recommend you to try to taste the summer of Japan.They are anadromous fish like a salmon. They get born in downstream and go to the ocean. And then they come up to the river in the spring and they go down the river to lay eggs and finish their life.We don't have a real wild ayu in Keihoku. because we have a dam in our river.So Ayu fishes cannot come up.Kamikatsura river fishery cooperatives release the baby Ayu fishes into the river every year.Keihoku locals used to offer ayu fishes to the imperial family from the 8th century to the 19th century.Because Keihoku's ayu is really good quality.Ayu like a clean river and eat the mosses.So Keihoku's Kamikatsura river is a perfect place for them.To fish Ayu, we use a unique fishing method called "Tomozuri".Ayu have a habit to have a territory and if another ayu comes into ayu's the territory it would attack another ayu.Tomozuri is using that ayu's habit to fish ayu.Put an alive ayu on hook and let it swim to another ayu's territory and another ayu attack the ayu then catch ayu by the other hook.※To fish ayu, you need to buy a ticket.Price of the recreational fishing ticket (free for the age of under 18 years old.)AyuAnnual ticket 13,900 yen (site charge 16,600 yen)Daily ticket 4,500 yen From June 27 (field charge 6,700 yen)AmagoAnnual ticket 5,200 yen (site charge 6,200 yen)Daily ticket 2,000 yen (site charge 3,000 yen)Miscellaneous fishAnnual ticket 2,300 yen (site charge 2,700 yen)Daily ticket 700 yen (site charge 800 yen)※ As fishing fees are used for the release, please cooperate.
Mini rice field
I've been enjoying gardening with my family for the weekends for a while.The other day, My daughter told me "I want to grow rice".I decided to plant rice today to answer the request of my daughter.To grow rice we need a rice field. But we don't have one.So we decided to make a mini rice field by polystyrene foam. Put the soil in the polystyrene foam, and fill some water · · · Mix the soil and water well, and it's done!Now, all we have to do is plant the rice seedlings.Luckily we got the rice seedlings from our neighbor. The planting was finished in a few seconds.I took us less than an hour from rice field making to rice planting.This is our Keihoku-style food education.You can get many things easily in this day and age. So that's why I would like to take more time and give some more efforts to do something to enjoy life more.Would it be enough harvests for a bowl of rice?I am looking forward to the harvest.
Time travel back to the past
The other day, Mr. T showed us a very interesting photograph.This photograph was taken in the 1960s.Satoyama Design uses the building for office now.I have heard from my grandma who grew up in Keihoku that the office here used to be a bank.That's right. I can see the signboard of the bank. The town was very flourishing at that time. The main street was a place like Keihoku's wall street.The current photo from the same angle. I feel the flow of time.From one photo, like riding on a time machineI felt a funny feeling.
Starry sky in Keihoku
Our house is located in a mountain village, a 15-minute drive from Keihoku's downtown Shuzan.There is only one streetlight nearby, so it gets really dark at night.That's why, when I look up at the night sky, I can see the stars very well.It is relaxing to look at the stars while taking a deep breath of the fresh air of the forest.There is nothing around but I can enjoy the beauty of the stars and music of the forest.It is so rich.If you come to Keihoku at night, you gotta check the stars and listen to the music of the forest.
False strawberry is natural medicine??
As the summer solstice gets closer, sunlight hours get longer.I get very energized this season.And I love going out to the mountains and doing gardening. It's a lovely season.When it's warm, many insects love coming out too.I'm not very welcoming mosquitos and black flies.Have you got sucked by black flies?It's really itchy and can be painful especially if I scratch the sucked point. When I get sucked by them.I put the handmade false strawberry liquid on the sucked part.False strawberries are not tasty but that liquid is very useful.How to make the false strawberry liquid.1. Pick some false strawberries.2. Put them in white liquor (35% of alcohol)3. Wait for about 2 weeks. that's all. The left one in the photo I made last year and the right one in the photo was made yesterday. The left of the photo is the one I made last year. The right one was made yesterday. I asked my daughter to pick up the false strawberries.It's a nice cool feeling to put the liquid.The smell is a bit fruity and nice. Why don't you make one for yourself? It's very easy to make.What can you do if you get sucked or bitten by insects while you hicking but you don't have the liquid or medical cream?You can use herbs Yomogi (mugwort) or Dokudami(Houttuynia cordate) for first aid.Just squeeze and rub the herb on the affected part.It helps.But I recommend you to wear long sleeves and use insects sprays to protect from insects.Now you ready to go to the wild. Have fun! (Note) "medicine effect of folk medicine" in this article is based on folk traditions and experiences.Please get contact with the medical institution for medical treatment.
Grandma's farm part 2
My grandma goes to her farm early in the morning to check "how are vegies doing?".She came back to the house and said,"Hey, I got something good for you from my farm.""What's that?""That are strawberries"Oh, I love strawberries.But I didn't know that she is growing strawberries on her farm, so I went to check how she grows them.I found the strawberry plants with a lot of weeds.I asked my grandma how she grows,"I got the strawberry plants from my friend. And I plant them while ago but I did not look after them so much."OK, that's why that is surrounded by a lot of weeds.Strawberries seem very strong, they grow like a wild.Maybe my grandma's farm suits to them.Anyway Thank you, grandma!!Itadakimasu!