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from  Tokushima / Japan

Shiha Uenomori

From a brainy web writer to a physical farmer and agriculturist. He works for a farmer who owns fruit trees such as mandarin oranges and sudachi (Japanese citrus fruits) in a mid-mountainous area, harvesting and pruning them.

In the note, he also talks about fruit tree farming for those who have been influenced by Corona and are beginning to look at a career in agriculture, and for those who are interested in moving from a different industry to farming.

His hobby is taste comparison and analysis.

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Nostalgia and the future red



On January 16, 2022, I received three boxes of birthday presents from a man who lives in eastern Japan.

Big strawberries from Saitama Prefecture, "Kourin".

A mousse cake and a tea time set from "Kyobashi Sembikiya," which mainly deals in sweets and juices using Nama's fruits.

Although I was flattered by the sentiment, I wondered, "Do people think that a person who works in fruit farming is a fruit lover? I tilted my head in my mind.

With the exception of the bananas sold at the supermarket and the Nagano apples that I look forward to every year, there are very few moments when I really want to buy something for myself! It's not often that I have a strong desire to buy something for myself.

It's only when I find a variety I don't know and want to try it.

I also try not to be too interested in sweets made from processed fruits.

The people I work with, Mr. P and his son, sister, and senior ......, are all into growing crops outside of work.

Our neighbors are also expanding the area of their farm before we know it.

It's a scary world.

It's a scary world.

Among the gifts I received this time, there were two red ones that left a particularly strong impression on me.

The first was the "Ultimate Jam" strawberry flavor included in the tea time set.

When I saw the name of the product, I thought that it must be a product that they were very proud of, so I lightly baked a loaf of commercial bread, spread it on one side, and bit into it while letting the sweet aroma enter my nostrils, and it tasted like something I had eaten in my childhood.

If I had to name the difference, I would say that it was thick and smooth, and the atmosphere was a lovely kind to describe in words.

I wondered if this kind of nostalgia is becoming the ultimate and precious thing in the world.

This is because the oranges at the farm where I work also fall into the "old nostalgic taste" category and sell well.



The second one is Mango & Apple Tea.

It also contains hibiscus and rosehips.

I poured hot water according to the recommended amount, and the cup quickly turned a clear red color. Natural pigments are beautiful.

What did I think when I tried it?

I imagined that the addition of mango might have enhanced the apple flavor, because it is difficult to achieve a high natural sweetness without sugar and flavoring with apples alone.

It's a great combination that doesn't fight with each other.


Speaking of red, it reminds me of the pickled plums I received as a gift last year.

Mr. P's mother does not use any coloring powder or additives in her pickled plums, but uses red shiso and "certain things" to bring out the beautiful red color.

The pickled plums are not suitable for small children's palates, but when they are sold out at one of the markets, people ask when they will be available again.

I like to eat it with hot rice or drink it with hot water as my mother taught me.


I also like to drink it with hot water as my mother taught me.


I am not saying that we should respect and praise the past.

I am not saying that we should revere and praise the past, but I am saying that some trends that seem to be outdated may be new to the younger generation.


By the way, I recently read a comic book that had the words "lore" and "evolution" on one of its pages.


If mango and apple tea is evolution, then the "ultimate jam" is to pass on the nostalgia in people's memories, even though the ingredients are different. Dried plums are handed down as they are.


I used red as an example, but the core is the same.

It is the hands of people that create the nostalgia and the future that make us feel at home.



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Equation of Agriculture




"Mr. Ciha! ...... is now at ......!"


July, 2021.

While I was picking sudachi (Japanese citrus fruit) at the farm, the loud voice of a senior came down from the road above.

I couldn't hear what he was saying because I was blocked by the sound of cicadas.

My mother, who came later, said, "There was a deer.


"I heard there was a deer.


Just before I heard the sound from my seniors, I thought it was my mother lowering a stepladder onto the grass, but it was actually a deer jumping from the stepladder onto the grass, not more than 50 meters away.


"There! Shiha, can you see me?




Perhaps startled by our voices, we heard a violent sound of a deer running down the slope, hitting the mesh fence.

I tried to catch a glimpse of her, but the grass had become a wall and I could not see her except for my senior.


The noisy sounds quickly disappeared, leaving behind the ambient sounds of leaves swaying in the wind and birdsong.

According to my seniors, there were animal bite marks on the string that bound the entrance and exit of the farm, and the poison ivy growing along the roadside had been eaten.

It may seem cute that the deer are trying so hard to get inside before people come, but they are doing the same thing as human delinquents (laughs).


The deer do not only eat sudachi leaves or bite off nets.

Mr. P., the farmer, said that in years when deer often come into the farm from deep in the mountains, they often seem to have ticks on their bodies.

We can have them killed with a hunting rifle and turn them into venison to be sold to gibier restaurants, but rumor has it that some people are trying to build a park by catching deer.

Even if we try such peaceful solutions and science develops, farming in the mountains will continue to be a battle against deer.


"Ah. The ambulance sirens are wailing.


"I think the farmer has collapsed from heat stroke."

I'm not sure.

Last month, I learned the term "Half Farmer, Half X" for the first time.

It is said to be a lifestyle proposal that places the highest priority on enriching one's mind and heart, where one can live a life of minimum self-sufficiency through farming and do other work that one wants to do.


In July this year, when Mr. P's daughter shared her worries with me at work, saying, "I want to do something, but my ideals are too high," I told her about my experience and said, "You don't have to set the bar too high from the start, you can lower it.

Just do what you want to do when you want to do it," I advised.


As an agriculturist, I only work in the mornings on extremely hot days to take care of my body, and if I have enough energy, I do some writing in my free time and prepare for the next step.


However, when farming is the family business and there is a small group of people, many of them cannot afford to do another job, and having a hobby may be their limit.

It would be nice if it were a time of leisure, but even if you want to make lots of time, nature is alive and will not wait for you.


So, should I give up farming?


A pattern like Ms. P.'s, where her husband has a job that provides a steady income and is willing to help out on his days off and is very understanding.

A pattern where ordinary family members who are not farmers can sell their fruits and vegetables harvested in planters or small gardens for wholesale to the produce section.

Working as an agri-culturist and doing the work you want to do in your spare time, although the number of projects you can take on is limited.

If you are thinking of becoming a half-farmer and half-X, don't panic.


My ex-boyfriend at the time moved from another prefecture to work in agriculture, but even after leaving his job, he didn't like bugs.

It depends on who you ask to enrich your mind through farming.

In my experience, just bagging and harvesting is just working, and it is a little difficult to build wealth.


I hope I have conveyed to you that enriching your mind through agriculture is, to summarize my past columns, a concern for the individual, and that it is easier to achieve this when you have a sense of reverence for nature.



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A perspective that sticks out


In June of 2019, my grandmother moved from this life to heaven.
Then, in the fall, my grandfather's brother and his wife contacted us, asking if they could harvest citrus fruits for us.

We were too old to move around as much as we wanted, and our adult children were too busy with other jobs to help.
On the other hand, if I left the fruit to grow, it would ruin the tree, and I don't want to betray the trust of the factory that delivers the fruit every year.
It's okay if you're a beginner.
You can take all the salary from us.
You can choose when to harvest, the day of the week, and the time of day.

It was a good deal.

My father has an outdoor job, I'm almost out of a writer's contract, and my mother is a housewife.
My brother, who lives in a neighboring city, asked me to take care of his young children, and I had to attend daycare and elementary school events on irregular days, so it was difficult for either my mother or I to work long hours.

By chance, the president of the factory where we delivered the fruit was the second son of the family my grandmother had worked for, and it was his father who came up with my first name.
Facts are stranger than fiction, aren't they?

But this is not the end of the story.

We harvested all the fruit in two months, and on the last day, I was told.
"I'll miss farming.
I'm going to miss it.
As I was walking up the slope, which is only big enough for one car, at a slow speed, I was approached by an old lady who was working in a small field.

She was a scout.

The old woman was the mother of Mr. P, who runs the farm where I work now.
Moreover, her younger sister, who sometimes comes to help, was my homeroom teacher when I was a preschooler.
It was a series of surprises, and my mother and I expressed our gratitude, saying, "It's thanks to Grandma and Grandpa.


This year, Mr. P began to receive advice and talk with Mr. L, who is also a citrus farmer near his parents' house, and Mr. L's son and my brother have been very close friends since they were little.
It's not like we were aiming for it, but why?

Speaking of my brother, before we started harvesting in his and his wife's fields, he worked for a short time as a bagger of okra at a place owned by one of his classmates.


In Shohei Kawasaki's book, "Unpublished," which I bought this year, he writes

"Don't be carried away, be carried away.

After my grandmother left for heaven, when I cried and cut back on my writing career, I was anxious and frustrated, and was left to be carried away by the situation around me, but after I accepted the fate that was left behind and went with the flow, things have been going much better.
Of course, in a corner of my mind, I don't believe that the situation will remain stable.
There are uncertainties.

Even if something happens again in the future and I quit my farming job, I will believe in the invisible flow that will be spun anew, and I will be happy.



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A perspective that sticks out




When I was in the second year of junior high school, I went to Hokkaido with my grandmother, and a relative of hers gave me something.
It was a Fujifilm compact camera.
It was light pink with a Hello Kitty design on it, and it was the starting point that instilled the joy of photography in my life.
I was a bit presumptuous, but I had a delusion that I would like to be a photographer in the future.

It was a five-hour drive from Chitose Airport to my house in Kushiro.
Two wild foxes acting in harmony.
The lavender fields of Furano, dyed a light purple.
Cows eating grass at their own pace, oblivious to the cars driving by a short distance away.
I was so engrossed that I pointed my camera lens at them.

But when I went to see Mount Io-zan and Lake Akan on another day, I felt somewhat bored.
When I went to the deserted Lake Kussharo, I would stare obsessively at the surface of the water, hoping that the unidentified creature Kusi would appear.
I was in the second year of junior high school, and I guess I felt that it was easier to capture the expression of a moving object.




In the fall of that year, I went on a school trip to Tokyo and Chiba.
Disneyland was full of cute things.
The National Diet Building, which decides the politics of Japan.
Fuji TV in Odaiba, which looked like a building from the distant future.
The beautiful night view from the special observation deck of Tokyo Tower.
The solemn Nijubashi Bridge in the Imperial Palace.
I still remember that I wanted to take good pictures of the scenery because there were so many beautiful sights to see.
Even though I didn't have any knowledge of composition, I was satisfied with the photo even though I was praising myself.


After I came of age.
I was inspired by the words of a photographer who tweeted on Twitter.

I was inspired by the words of a photographer on Twitter: "No matter who takes pictures of tourist attractions, they are always beautiful. That's why I don't take pictures of them.

It's fun to gain new perspectives.
Inspired by this person's policy, I began to think about how to take beautiful pictures and started to take pictures of plants and scenery as subjects, even though no one taught me how to do so.
The more I thought about it, the more my brain started to think about how to take beautiful pictures.
The more I thought about it, the more my brain seemed to spring into action, but by stepping outside the box, I was able to change the thoughts I put into my photographs and the way I took them.

Before, I used to say "thank you" for existence.
Since I started working in agriculture, I spend more time in contact with nature, and now I treat the animals as if they are the main actors, saying, "I'll take pretty pictures of you.



This time, I have a message for you at the end.

Congratulations on the first anniversary of "Stay Salty"!
When I was a writer, I focused on communicating, but with the title of agri-culturist, an agricultural worker, I focus on discovery, and I felt that way after reading your column.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Kinoshita, aka ALO, for giving me the opportunity to write.
Thank you very much.





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Value at the end of the season




As the shipping season for stored oranges comes to an end, one yellow container is placed in the warehouse at my workplace.

Inside is a free snack.

You can eat it during your lunch break, or take it home.

This is because the oranges are less than B-grade.


You can sell them cheaply as "B" products if they have graze marks that have dried up nicely at the time of harvest, or if they are slightly browned due to damage from red mites (also known as rust mites).

If it is too damaged and has discolored parts.

The skin is too lifted.

If they are heavily damaged by pests or plant diseases, they look unappetizing.

These are considered to have no market value.

In addition, it is easy to encounter old and "watery" ones.

In Tokushima Prefecture, when a mandarin orange tastes thin and watery, the local dialect describes it as "watery.


As I've been told, customers appreciate the process of effort, but they pay for the result.

It is a natural part of doing business that the items to be put on the store shelves should be beautiful in appearance and confident in taste.


We, on the other hand, are happy to accept oranges that are less than B-grade as valuable.

This is because they are good for rehydrating after a day of sweating from farming or when the air is dry.

Moreover, oranges kept in a warehouse with low temperature are well chilled.

They are also a good source of vitamin C.

Plus, the ones that have been damaged by red mites and have turned brown taste like nature's own eating soda juice. You'll be lucky if you find some mixed in.


Speaking of the end of the season, there is a low probability that you will see yellow sudachi (citrus fruits) at the produce market in the fall.

These yellow sudachi are also losing their market value, but some people who sell country sushi to restaurants or who want to use them at home buy them because they are cheaper than the green ones.

The advantages of yellow sudachi are its low price, soft skin that is easy to squeeze, high juice content, and mild acidity.

It is great for dressings and sushi rice.


...... so.

The green ones are hard and don't produce much juice, and it's hard to find ones that taste sweet.




I'm not sure if it's because I'm a writer, or because I'm just a writer.

These days, I feel that there are more people who are trying to sell their names and get work than those who genuinely want to write or make a living.


As for me, last year I was honored to be asked if I would like to work as an interview writer.

I could have returned to it, but I don't have the confidence to write fresh articles that are in line with the times.

I could have returned, but I don't have the confidence to write fresh, current articles.


In the past, there were professions that suddenly increased due to the influence of dramas and documentaries.

Hairdressers, lawyers, florists, comedians.

I'm sure there were many people who got the job, but couldn't stand the work and quit.

I wonder how many of them will still be working 10 years from now?

I think there will be fewer writers.

If the same situation that existed before the Corona disaster comes to pass, or if other easy and fun jobs become popular, there is a good chance that "writing" itself will become obsolete.


By the way.


By the way, farmer P. has beautiful oranges that he can sell even at the end of the season.

In fact, this is not easy to imitate.

It's easy to increase the value of a product that everyone else doesn't, and it's also easy to ship large quantities of products to fit in with everyone else's season.

But it is difficult to put out a good product when consumers have given up on the idea that you don't sell it anymore.


Value is not something to be increased, but something to be satisfied.

I want to be like that in my writing.





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Prune your values



Let's do it together, Shiha.

No, no. I just want to watch.

Come on, let's do it.

All three of us had long ago passed the age of thirty, but the lively atmosphere was like a group of schoolgirls of the same age.

We were like a group of schoolgirls of the same age.

At Mr. P's place, where he is a farmer, we eat lunch in front of the warehouse, except in the summer when the sun is strong.
After lunch, we sat down on the concrete with what looked like a kotatsu quilt that we no longer needed.
We talk about our private life.
Discussing work schedules
Touching our phones
After dinner, we spend most of our time talking about our personal lives, our work schedules, and our smartphones.
Last year, on Saturday, December 26, the same trend was starting to happen.

......? Someone's here.

All the people in the room paid attention to the sound of footsteps.
The person who showed up was P-san's husband, who had just come back from doing his business.


He placed the new tools in front of the women.
An orange basket, a silver hook for hanging branches, and a white rope for tying up cardboard boxes.

"Oh my. Did you buy these for me?

"You said you didn't have enough.

"Yeah. You remembered, didn't you? Thank you.

After Mr. P, we thanked him.
Navel plants can grow to the size of the palm of your hand.
So the baskets were full in no time at all.
Mr. P. said that he would need two or three baskets per person, but other farmers had beaten him to it because it coincided with the mikan harvest season, and the local stores were out of stock.

"Can I make them now so I can use them later?

Mr. P asked.


The reply was a double circle.
While Mr. P's family was eating lunch together, my senior and his sister started to prepare the string, in a good mood.
I thought it would be better to leave it to those who like to make things and are good at it.
I thought it would be better to leave it to those who like to make things and are good at it, because sometimes things go more smoothly if you don't say, "I want to participate.

"Let's do it together, Shiha-san!

A senior member of the group said to me with a smile.
Her sister also invited her with a cheerful smile, "Hey, let's do it.
I said

"I smiled back and said, "No, just watching is good enough for me

I smiled back, but I couldn't avoid the unanswered push, so I received the three-piece set.

Relying on the sample, I tried to make it like this or not. But I couldn't avoid pushing without question, so I received the set of three.

When we showed each other who had the best results, the results were similar and ugly.
The three of us laughed like schoolgirls and had a great time until the afternoon harvest.
If I were to write that, readers of this column might think, "It's nice that you all get along so well.
From the beginning of last year's New Year to the beginning of the summer harvest season, I was convinced that we would never understand each other.



I remember three years ago, I was confronted with a project in a friendly competition with several of my classmates who had taken a writing course.
We were divided into teams at the request of the office, and we shared and learned from each other's interactions with the editor in charge until the delivery was completed.
It was a very good atmosphere.
Until one of the students took the silent stance of "I don't want to flirt with editors or get along with other writers," and started to handle projects appropriately.
The self-centered behavior eventually affected others, and the cohesion that had been built gradually took a strange turn and the main purpose collapsed.
I did not like the person who disrupted the circle.

From my experience as a writer, I thought that there was no need to get along with farmers as long as I could do my job.
However, although it looks like an individual game, in reality it is a collaborative effort.
When a person who wants to do a given job perfectly and a person who thinks it's okay to do a lesser job do the same work, they end up asking the other person to fit in, which gradually makes them feel uncomfortable.
It's a common story everywhere.
My seniors and I felt a huge discrepancy in our work values, and the atmosphere grew worse.


After Golden Week, I met my senior again in the summer after a break due to the effects of the Corona disaster and the rainy season.
Even though we smiled and set the tone, I think we were both resistant to working together again.

(But I want to work comfortably.)

It's okay if the values you think are right are misaligned, I tried to change my views.
We had frequent opportunities to talk about our private lives during breaks, and I understood the difficulties my seniors were facing in raising their children, and by sympathizing with their work difficulties and learning about their common hobbies, we succeeded in breaking the ice.
Since then, I feel as if a change has taken place in her, and her enthusiasm for her work has become greater than mine.

The fruit trees are called "autumn buds.

Fruit trees have yellow-green buds called "autumn buds".
They look pretty at first glance, but they are susceptible to diseases, and if they infect the fruit, the taste and appearance of the fruit will deteriorate, so they are pruned as unnecessary.
People also sometimes misunderstand that a sense of justice is beautiful when they judge and stick to the idea that "I am right and she is wrong.
But when we realize that we don't need it, we can prune it.
I may not have been able to sympathize with the behavior of my peers who disrupted the circle, but if I had tried to understand the background, I might have been able to avoid being offended.

That was a long time ago.
We can't change the past.
Instead, I am now pruning the autumn buds of my heart that have grown.
In order to live the future comfortably.



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Have two cups of happiness a day



Coffee time in the open air.

A man with an American-style appearance and his lovely wife entertain you.

It's as if you are sitting on the terrace of a coffee shop.


This is not the usual scene during break time.


The wife is a friend of one of the farmers I've been working with.

She came with her husband to help with the harvest.

The husband is a coffee hobbyist, and he grinds and brews his own beans.

Today, he brought a canteen of coffee that he had specially blended with three different kinds of coffee and was going to serve it to us.


I can't wait to try it and see what it tastes like.

With so many happy faces lined up in front of me.

......1 was the only one who tried not to show his confusion.


I like cold iced coffee from convenience stores like a fool.

On the other hand, I am not a fan of hot coffee.

When I was in high school, I was served black coffee at my part-time job, which I was not used to drinking at all, and it caused serious damage to my stomach.

After that, I couldn't like hot coffee, even if it was mixed with milk and sugar.


(I'll hold out for today. Everyone else drinks it, but if I refuse, I'll become an airheaded alien.


Paper cups were being handed to me one after another.

It was my turn to drink.

It's black.


We have milk and sugar.


I was relieved to hear the wife's gentle voice.

I tore the stick of paper and put in the sugar grains.

Next came a mixture of brown and white, almost black, which changed to light brown when I turned the wooden muddler.

I put my nose to the paper cup.

It's the first time I've smelled something that doesn't have a uniform scent.


(It's fun even before I drink it. Amazing.


In my mouth, the sweetness of the sugar and the vegetable oily creep deceive me with their weird smoothness.

However, the original flavor of the bean was not completely destroyed.




After that, during the lunch break, he said, "We still have some. Would you like another cup?" His wife suggested, and we gratefully accepted.

There was entertainment here.

We decided to sing together.

The husband picked up a folk guitar brought by the farmer's sister, and the wife opened the pages to show the sheet music.

The two of them smile at each other, their expressions relaxed, and I feel a sense of peace.


"Beside you waiting for the train, I am...


I sing "Nagori Yuki" by Iruka in a shy whisper under the cold weather.

Occasionally, I would sing too fast to keep up with the music, and the musicians would hurry their hand movements to match.

When the performance was over, everyone applauded.

It was a wonderful time.


As I sipped my coffee, which had grown lukewarm in the winter temperature, I thought happily, "Long live agriculture.

Long live agriculture.



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Touching Living Things


You don't like the cool, crisp air and hiding deep in the thicket, or

There is a friend who has not been seen since the second half of November.

Mr. "Dragonfly".

He is a winner, famous for his good omen.

When I put my hand out in front of him, he perches on my finger and is very charming.

Some of them do not perch on my finger but fly around as if they were enclosing a body, while others

There are also strong men (laughs) who rush forward with authority and try to stick to your jacket.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I haven't always liked bugs.

I didn't always like bugs.

When I was 20 years old, I came across a blog by a therapist who has a store in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo.

Looking at a photo image of a dragonfly perched on a finger

I want to do it! I want to do it! That was the starting point.

We were able to achieve this last year, and it took us 14 years.

Until then, whenever I saw a dragonfly, I experimented relentlessly to see if it would land on my finger.

It didn't go well, and I thought, "I guess it's impossible.

Unlike dogs and cats, they are creatures that can't see the expression of joy, anger, and sorrow," I decided and gave up.

Getting along with them is just a dream come true.

Last fall, before working at a tangerine farmer, I got a call from my paternal grandfather's parents' house and went to harvest the yucoup.

As the owners were an elderly couple, the field was poorly managed and a sea of tall weeds.

Using a small sickle, we decided to make a path for people to walk on.

Although it was my job as well as my helper, I felt sorry for the fact that the weeds were alive and well.

I mow and then crap and pull it out, apologizing to myself.

I didn't want to get stung when I had to walk past the bees buzzing around for the nectar.

It's like saying to someone, "I'm sorry to bother you, but I have to let you through.


For years, I understood in my head that insects and plants are living things on earth.

But I hadn't reached the understanding that they were individuals, and I hadn't reached the point of contact.

If you're a person, you have a different face, you have a different heart.

In the case of creatures, including dragonflies, they were lumped together.


The turning point was two perceptions.

The perception that they are individuals with dignity.

The perception that both insects and plants were subjects when taking pictures during harvest breaks.

When I walked around my home, I saw each one as a separate entity, even if there were three of them flying around.


Then... a dragonfly latched onto my finger.

I was elated, feeling like a child at school again.

By the way, the dragonflies I come across at work now seem to be pissing me off and won't stop at all (laughs).

There is a land pattern, as well as a personality, a bug pattern.



When I look back on the days when I was working solely at home writing articles

For little creatures that have no facial expression, no words, no voice

What I tended to understand in my head, after all this time, I felt that way as I typed the column.

Playing with the individual is a great way to learn beyond the senses, as you can only learn by touching and holding things in your hands.

If you're up for the challenge, you should try it.

I don't recommend the seahawk spider and tick at .......




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45 degree landscape


If you move a light car, the engine will cry.

If it's a new car, people cry a lot (laughs).

The day after a rainy day, the tires slip on wet grass and trees, and sometimes the car stops in the middle of the road and can't get up.

Such steep, 45-degree slopes are my route to work.

If I make a big mistake in operating the steering wheel, the car will be thumping and thumping.

There is a guardrail at one spot just to make sure the car doesn't turn into a diaper bag.

Probably less than 3 meters in length .......

Going to work by car is nerve-wracking.


Walking to work, on the other hand, is very easy.

I like it because there is a lot to discover.

For example.


October 2020.

On this day, the day after we were hit by a strong wind, I found chestnuts on the road.

I sat down in the middle of the road and took a closer look.

Most likely, the chestnuts had been picked up by humans with their shoes on, or eaten by wild animals such as weasels and raccoons.

Chestnuts don't walk away on their own.

Regardless of who did this, the fact that the chestnuts are lined up as if they were dropped by Gretel, a character in a picture book, is very strange and funny.


It also makes me feel good when I walk in front of the bamboo forest.

A chorus.

A dead and fallen bamboos were caught between the pale blue live bamboos.

They sway and collide with each other as the wind blows through them, and they sing with a quiet clattering sound.



As you keep walking, you notice.

I look up and see an unknown tree with its branches and leaves making a roof.


It's a path I take every time I work in this mountain, but I only pay attention to it when I'm outside the car.

I guess my five senses tend to get dulled when I'm inside the car.




The fun discoveries are still to come.

However, depending on how you perceive it,

it may seem like an outrageous story.


There is a weed that looks just like a giant leaf,

which has been called 'Hijyuu leaf' by locals since long ago,

growing on the road to work.

'Hyuji' is a black caterpillar.

They are supposed to be where the leaves are,

but I wonder where they have gone, leaving signs of a full meal (holes).

They may have been blown away by a strong wind,

or turned into food for the birds, but we can't find them.


It's a good thing they're not there,

because the leaves of the hijiki have grown too vigorously in a blah blah blah blah blah.

Every time I go to work in my car, I scrape the doors and windows.

Even if I try to pull it out, it's massive .......

Are you guys working together going to leave it until it dies?

I asked during my break.


'If you were driving, would you get scraped by the leaves of the hijab?'


The farmer and the older man laugh.


I wonder who will be the first to run out of patience and reap. It's a contest of patience.


The sensors are working fine,so I wouldn't worry about that just yet.


I laughed at the positive, cheerful responses from both of them, which were interesting.

In the end,

the first people to go numb were either those who came to do construction work nearby

or those who had a field next to the road.

We were unsuccessful (laughs).



Writing about the 45-degree scenery reminds me of how much I enjoyed discovering fun and interesting things when I was a writer.

The truth is that it's just a matter of what I'm doing and where I'm doing it,

and it's up to me to decide how I feel about the landscape.


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