Election time

Coming back from dropping my kids off at nursery, one of our lovely neighbours gave us some daikon. Can’t wait to eat them for dinner!

They don’t use pesticides so they come in all shapes and sizes. 

So as today is Election Day, which one should we choose for our dinner?


The Hungry Giant – ご馳走様でした!

With the kids away at school and the wife at work, I usually get quite a lot of work done in my very quiet home office. 

We live in a city of 60,000, but with online shopping, online work, Gyomu Super and a great community, we have everything we need in our little piece of heaven! Our house backs onto a couple of rice fields and we are blessed each morning with mountain views.

Like most mornings, I was engrossed in one of the projects that I am working on, when suddenly I heard a low rumble. 

At first I thought it might be a storm coming over the mountains, but it was too bright and no rain was forecast. Then for a split second I thought it might be an earthquake. But it wasn’t that kind of rumble. 

Then I looked out of the window and saw it. There was a behemoth right behind the house, eating up the golden ears of rice and like a picky but efficient eater, spitting the straw back out onto the field. And then, in less than fifteen minutes, a field that had taken my 88-year-old neighbor months to grow was harvested and ready for winter.

I’m very sure the rice will be going to a good home, or many good homes. But a part of me feels a little sad. 




Quick photo quiz – 英語で写真クイズ 20161018

Any ideas what this plant is? Please write your guesses in the comments.

この植物は英語でなんと言うだろう? 回答をコメント欄に入れてみてください。

At the crossroads to the future – 岐路に立っていて

Today I had some really good meetings with the presidents of some sōmen noodle companies. We talked about what they are doing to reach other markets around the world, how to get people not used to eating cold noodles to try them and keep buying them, and we talked about how Japan has to tackle the next ten years as the average age of farmers here will increase from 66 years old now to even higher in the future. 

Japan is standing at a crossroads and I am excited to be here to help choose a direction.