Category Archives: Community

School Ground Cleaning

Today was Sunday, Mothers day, and also the day for going to my son’s elementary school at 7:00 a.m. to participate in the periodic grounds keeping event. You see, here in Japan the schools have no “janitors” or things of … Continue reading

Posted in Community, culture, 田舎暮らし, Family | Leave a comment

Another busy week

The weeks are flying by. I can’t believe its been more than a week since I posted! But a lot has been happening around here: 1. Spring Festival at my inlaw’s neighborhood. They have a much bigger shrine and a … Continue reading

Posted in Community, culture, 田舎暮らし, Family, Farming, 古民家 | 1 Comment

Spring Festival

A lot has happened in the last few days, and I’ll break it all down into chunks: 1. The House: Demolition work has begun in earnest after the full extent of the Termite problem was discovered. I had to completely … Continue reading

Posted in Community, 田舎暮らし, Family, Farming, 古民家 | 2 Comments

Bringing Out the Neighbors

Yesterday was a pretty nice day, started cloudy but by afternoon the sun was out. Its been a weird winter for Japan, with all this rain, kind of reminds me of an Oregon winter actually. Anyway, today I went to … Continue reading

Posted in Community, 田舎暮らし, Farming, 古民家 | Leave a comment

A Mountain of Garbage

That’s what one of my new neighbors recently called The House. The house that was left empty for 10 years after the passing of it’s owner. The House that was used like a squat/garbage dump for two years by a … Continue reading

Posted in Community, 田舎暮らし, 古民家 | 1 Comment

Say hello to Mr. Kabosu

About a week ago a friend of the family came to visit with a story of an elderly Kabosu farmer who had recently passed. Until the last year of his life he had maintained an orchard of 300 or so … Continue reading

Posted in Community, 田舎暮らし, Farming | Leave a comment

Can you eat it?

Every Japanese person I have known for any length of time has delighted in a game I call, “Feed Unusual Things to the Foreigner,” and my in-laws are no exception to this rule. Since I first started coming here I … Continue reading

Posted in Community, culture, Family | 4 Comments