Fall in the Inaka

Fall has come to the mountains, and we've been swept up in beautiful color and an astonishing amount of agriculture. Daikon, sweet potatoes, kaki (Japanese persimmon), and chestnuts are the foods of the season. Of course when you live in a town that's main export is vegetables, you don't really buy your veg at the... Continue Reading →


Inaka Life: Rice Harvesting Time

It's late September and it's already starting to get a little chilly up here in the mountains, so it's high time for rice to be harvested. The town I live in has two main crops: konnyaku and rice. In many larger areas in Japan, rice is harvested by using machines or large teams of workers.... Continue Reading →

Welcome to the Inaka

Where I am        As I've been living and working in Japan for about a month now, I think it`s time to post an update. First, an explanation of where I am. I live in a small, mountainous town called Higashiagatsuma-machi in Gunma Prefecture. I say small, but the area the town covers... Continue Reading →

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