Rice Planting 2012

Japan’s Ichiban Farmer

Ask anyone from Hawaii how much rice they eat and I bet you their answer will be something along the lines of, ‘infinity.’ Truth be told, we eat rice like there’s no tomorrow. That’s why I had taken up such interest in the processes behind the production of this very familiar family staple.

Every year Yasu invites us to come help him plant rice in spring and harvest in fall. He is a good friend of mine and absolutely loves sharing his rich family traditions with us. My experience here is very much connected with Yasu and his family and friends. I would go into details about our bromance relationship but I’ll save it for another post. This post is about what happened last Saturday, June 2, 2012.

I just want to thank everyone once again for coming out and participating! I wasn’t able to get interviews from everyone but I think it’s safe to say we all had a good time. Yasu and I were surprised at the turnout and how quickly we filled up that tanbo with rice seedlings. At this rate we may need 2 tanbo to fill up next year. Maybe even a little friendly rice planting team battle?!

We’re finished! お疲れさま!

The Future of Adogawa

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