Before start farming
Keihoku's population is about 4,500 and it's getting less every year. But the population of deer is about 8,000 and it's getting bigger.I grow vegetables every year after I moved to Keihoku, and my veggie garden gets invaded by wild animals every year. Especially my house is in deep the mountain. I live in wild animals' paradise. My neighbors are deer, wild boars, raccoon dogs, badger, I want to ask them to share something with me.This year no more sharing my veggie with my wild neighbors.So I decided to set up an extra layer net for my garden.Woking silently alone. My back seems lonely. But I enjoy and love this alone time thinking something or listening audible.Net setting up is done. Yey!Now I'm free to grow veggies!Dear wild neighbors, Please do not take my vegetables. Thank you!
Wild vegetable tasting "Horsetail"
I found some shoots(stems?) of field horsetail. It's still cold but spring is getting closer day by day.I pick them up with my daughter. these shoots are edible so we tried them.Soaking them in water to get rid of harshness. (Better to boil them.)Fried them with soy sauce and sugar(mirin sake).It was pretty good taste.Many wild vegetables or herbs are coming out in springtime. It's so fun to taste them.No need to look after them they just grow naturally and organically.I imagine that hunter and gathering era people could not wait to see spring.And my DNA might remember the taste and my body gets energized by eating wild plants. Now I feel I'm so rich.
The light up for gratitude of school history
I found a huge mysterious glittering object in the distance.Keihoku's night gets really dark with no neon so that was really standing out.I went to have a look at it.The huge mysterious glittering object was illuminated fir tree in Keihoku third elementary school. Gigant cedar tree about 450 years old was lit up too.From this April Keihoku's three elementary school and junior high school will get close. And we will have a new school combining those four schools.The illumination was done by locals to show their gratitude to the school that had continued for 148 years.The illumination goes until the 29th of March. Thatched house and illumination.I thought "Carry on the traditions and try new things" by Looking at it by this angle.That maybe Keihoku people's stance.
Our plum starts blooming
When I woke up this morning,My wife said to me "Morning! Our plum blooming! Have a look!"Me "Yes!? They are still buds yesterday."I was doubting about it but I went to have a look at the plum.Me "Hey, They are not blooming!"My wife"Non-Non, they are blooming look here and there!"I had a look at the plum closely and I found a few blossoms blooming. Me"OK you are right. They are blooming but only three of them thought. I think when someone says 'It's blooming' means more blooming than this much. This is not bloomed yet in my standard."Wife "Oh come on! We can feel the fresh spring energy from plants like seeing the buds start blooming. That how I enjoy!"Me "I see, that's good thinking."We all have different ways of thinking.In this situation, I think my wife's way of thinking is happier. It is like a glass-half-full person and a glass-half-empty person.I think negative thinking is important for risk aversion.But it's really nice to have a positive perspective. I should learn how to find small happiness and enjoy it from my wife.Me and my wife have totally different way of thinking. So the conversation with my wife is a really good lesson for me every time.So our plum starts blooming!!
Make a plum vinegar spray for cold prevention
Coronavirus shock is spreading all over Japan.So I checked how to prevent form coronavirus natural way.There are many ways you can find it on the internet.I tried one method that's a plum vinegar spray.You can get plum vinegar by making plum pickles.I made plum pickles 4 years ago and I still had some plum vinegar from that.So I put some plum vinegar into a spray bottle. It's done.Then just spray it into your mouth. It's sour and delicious.It is delicious and healthy, so you can continue using it with no difficulty.It worked me my sore throat. It has a bactericidal effect and prevents cold. Plum vinegar spray can be used to disinfect cutting boards and other kitchen items.I'm the type of person who gets a sore throat as soon as I go downtown, but I appreciate the life in Keihoku at this time of year. Let's take Corona Shock as an opportunity to get a healthier body with good habits such as good sleep, good diets, and exercise.
Keihoku guide map
Do you like paper maps?I like paper maps rather than google maps when I visit a new place.Google maps is very handy but paper maps have selected useful information.There is a guide map of Keihoku.You can find unknown spots from this map.It would be fun to travel with paper map with no google map.You can get this map at Keihoku society of commerce and industy.
Outside play house
It's still cold in the morning and evening, but it's warm during the day when the sun is out.When we have a sunny day, we have meal outside and enjoy the sun that we missed during winter.After a meal, I was sitting in the sun, and my daughter asked me,"Hey, dad! I opened a sushi restaurant, come to my shop!"I was half forced to visit her restaurant.My Daughter "Thank you for coming. What would you like sir?"When I visit the restaurant, I found many unknown sushi.Me "What do you have?"Daughter "I don't know."Me "What? You don't know!? But The owner bought them and cut them. No?"Daughter " Yes, that's right. Just a moment... these are tuna. And these are sauries. these are....."The owner put the name of the fish for sushi whatever she could think of and she served it on a plate.Me "Thank you. Ohh it's delicious! Thank you for the meal."I think playing house is very good for education.Children will have a lot of imagination to set up playing house rules by themselves. I think playing house in the outside is even better. Because they should find something to play with, that use more imagination.They can also improve their communication skills through conversation and their vocabulary because they use words they don't usually use.And I think we can build a relationship of mutual trust between parents and children by playing on rules set by children.It's more fun if I play house with my child's mind.I think we can learn the sence of children who enjoy everything.Why don't you play house and try to improve sence of wonder like a children?It may help to solve your troubles in your daily life.
Do you know sunchoke (Jerusalem artichoke)?A root vegetable looks like ginger.I didn't know about sunchoke until I moved to Keihoku. (Sunchoke is Kikuimo in Japanese.)It is native to North America. And it was introduced to Japan as an ornamental flower during the Edo period, and now it has spread all over Japan and now they grow wild.I've heard that it grows will in the riverbed of the Kamo river in Kyoto city center.It grows naturally, so it's relatively easy to grow.I found them in the roadside station Woody Keihoku. I bought them. Sunchoke contains inulin and seems to be good for losing weight and diabetes.The texture is like lotus root.I like to eat it deep fried. If you fry it, it becomes soft and delicious.You can eat it raw, so you can use it as a salad, you can enjoy the crunchy texture.This time, I asked my wife to make a stew using sunchoke.Sunchoke still has a crunchy texture after cook and delicious.I think sunchoke is a rare vegetable you don't often see at supermarkets.If you find it on sale in Woody Keihoku, please give it a try.