In the ongoing saga of The House, we met again yesterday with the owner, this time at the property with the purpose of meeting the “Ku-cho” (kind of like the head of the neighborhood HOA),and surveying the property. The owner had spent the entire morning and a good chunk of the afternoon at the city offices trying to determine which plots of land where his.
Japanese land is subdivided into plots, some of which are barely big enough to piss on, and invariably the plots that people own are scattered all around. So it is with our landlord-to-be. His land when laid out on a map looks like someone took the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and scattered them over the floor. Most of his land happens to be up a narrow path that has been made nearly impassible for at least the last 20 years due to overgrowth of bamboo.
We hacked our way up there and found plenty of rock wall terraced fields, most of which were fairly covered in bamboo growth. There is potential up there, but it will take some serious reclamation effort. Do goats eat bamboo??? We did find some Kabosu trees up there and took home some low hanging fruit…
Anyway, the unused land in front of his house that we thought might be his… isn’t. We don’t know who it belongs to yet. All in all it looked to be quite a bit of land (my prior estimate of about 20,000m2 is probably close, but the locations were way off) but much of it is clearly dominated by bamboo.
He also handed us a contract. It was long, which worries me, and unreadable to me because of all the legalese, which worries me more, and from what I could tell didn’t include much of what we discussed the last time we talked (but like I said it’s hard for me to tell). I am going to have some trusted friends look at it.
Inch by inch, we’re getting closer.