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Cherry blossoms are fully blooming now in Matsumoto

Hello, it’s Asuka from Yokoya Farm. Cononavirus is spreading all over the world and I watch the news about it everyday. How are you doing?? In Japan, schools were supposed to started in April but canceled and postponed for May. There is the atmosphere that we should not go outside except for necessary shopping and work. ( Japanese law is not allowed to lock down the city such like the US and other western countries. So Japanese government request people not to go outside) About our guesthouse, all books were canceled and I’m very sad that I can’t see any guests in beautiful spring. However, cherry blossoms are fully blooming…

( ภาษาไทย)Our guest, Ms. Pari Pari, from Thailand wrote a blog about her staying at Yokoya farm last year.

https://pantip.com/topic/39663824 She had made a reservation through Facebook one year before she came to visit us. You will imagine how our accommodation is by her blog even a breakfast and some interiors have been changed a bit. Because of the difference of wether between Japan and Thailand, she seemed to enjoy to see apples and some flowers as well. I knew that our usual is her unusual. I’m sure she took a lot of time to write this blog.( I also write a blog and struggle with it sometimes so I know,,,) Thanks Ms.Pari Pari, we really appreciate your blog. Here is her blog↓ https://pantip.com/topic/39663824

Our Christmas

Hi! It’s Asuka from Yokoya Farm. The Christmas is almost around the corner. Today, I’ll introduce how we enjoy the Christmas. As you may know, the Christmas is not the original culture in Japan but it’s already part of our culture nowadays. I guess it’s been a big event here for 30 years as long as I know. We can see beautiful illumination, decorations around a city and Christmas goods. We also have a private Christmas party with our family on the weekend in December every year and my family members gather that time. In Japan, people usually spend a time with their families or partners on the day of…

The apple season is over.

Hello, I’m Asuka from Yokoya Farm. We harvested all of our fuji apples last month.(~24th November) More than half of the apples we grow is fuji so there is A LOT!! We picked 500 boxes of fuji apples (18kg/box) for a week. We need to wait fuji apples to get nectar inside of them and then we can start to harvest. It’s said that fuji apples start to have nectar when it gets cold. By the end of November, we can’t see any more apples in our orchard. I’m already missing the beautiful view of apples and autumn leaves I love. However, I think we can feel more precious when…

The best business meeting ever at Ougato Hotel

Hi, It’s Asuka from YokoyaFarm. We went to Ougato Hotel at Utsukushigahara highland where is located east side of Matsumoto city and at an altitude of 2034m. This time, we visited not for staying but having a meeting. The hotel will serve our apple juice as a welcome drink for their guests. Ougato hotel is located on the mountain top where is one hour drive from downtown of Matsumoto city. From the hotel at the altitude of 2034m, you can see Matsumoto, Ueda, Nagano, Suwa and even Mt. Fuji if the weather is good. Besides, you can see beautiful sea of clouds in the morning if you have a luck.…

We are on a Nagano’s local magazine, KURA!!

It’s all in Japanese but Ryo translated in order you to understand what’s written and our farm’s story too!!   Mt. Dessert Ice Cream ×Shinshu Yokoya Farm×Mr. Miyazawa (peach farmer in Nagano)       Mr. Kelton Boyer came to Nagano in 1990. “I spend longer time here in Nagano than my home country.” He’s a very big fan of Nagano. He’s also an entrepreneur and opens an ice cream shop this time. As a result of his request through SNS for local fruits, he got some quick responds. We’ll introduce the part of farmers of it today. Opened Ice cream shop Collaborating with Shinshu producers through SNS.   The U.S ex-president Obama’s…

Yohasira Shrine in the downtown

Hi, It’s Asuka. It’s getting cooler gradually and it means we can get delicious apples too! So today, I’ll introduce about Yohashira shrine at Nawatestreet in Matsumoto. Yohasira shrine is located at the middle of this street. A lot of people come to visit here to pray everyday but there are also wedding ceremonies and Shichi-go-san (7,5,3 years old celebration) held here. Shichi-go-san is an annual festival in Japan to celebrate the grown of children.   People usually hold wedding ceremonies at ceremony halls or hotels nowadays in Japan but some people do at shrines. In the case of that, it’ called Shinzen-shiki (Shinto wedding) and people dressed with Japanese…

Finally baby swallows left a nest

Hello, I’m Asuka from Yokoyafarm. Baby swallows lived in our house finally left the nest! I found a parent bird making a nest a month ago and she started to keep eggs warm and then baby birds were born 2 weeks ago. Baby birds grew up well and all 4 birds left to a new world. It seems that swallows born in Japan usually spend a time in Japan from spring to autumn and then move to Taiwan or Philippine or Australia in winter time. It gets too cold to find insects that is fed on them in winter in Japan so they move to warmer place that time. Some…

Tanabata (July 7)

Hello, I’m Asuka from Yokoya Farm. Yester day is Tanabata (Festival of the Weaver) in Japan. (July 7) My daugter writed her wishes on colorful paper strips and hang them on bamboo leaves. Tanabata is an event related to the stars. It is based on the legend that only once a year, Hikoboshi (Cow herder) and Orihime (Weaving Princess), two lovers, would be allowed to meet each other at the shores of the heavenly river. The moment would take place on the night of July 7th in the lunisolar calendar.   Not many households hung out Tanzaku on bamboo branches any more. Even now, however, every nursery school, kindergarden, and…

From a mulberry field to an apple orchard and for the future

There are a lots of apple orchards around here but just started about 60 years ago. Before that, a sericulture was flourishing around here, and these apple orchards used to be mulberry fields. I live in my mother’s parent’s house however they used to have silkworms when my mother was young (about 55 years ago) Sometimes an accident happened. My mother seemed to be shocked when her younger brother ate a silkworm without knowing what it was when he was a kid. Farmers used to have silkworms to get cocoons that was a material for silk. Mulberry leaves were fed to silkworms and as a result, there were a lot…