I made “Hoshigaki ” (dried persimmons)

2017/11/14   -Blog, Yokoya farm's event

In autumn in Japan, in the countryside, we make Hoshigaki. I harvested astringent persimmons, peel the skin, tie it to the string and dry for about 2 weeks. It will become very sweet 2 weeks later! Hoshigaki (dried persimmons) are ...

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It is the peak of the autumn leaves. They are turning red and yellow now

2017/11/06   -Blog

It is the peak of the autumn leaves in Matsumoto City. They are turning red and yellow now and they are so beatiful! The cherry leaves also have turned red.  (A lot of cherry blossoms bloom there in the spring) ...

I pickled plums

2017/06/24   -Blog, Japanese culture
 

I pickled plums. Since I harvested the garden plums (called‐ koume), I made plum pickles. Plum is a food that has been popular as preserved food in Japan from ancient times. Plums harvested in June can be eaten throughout the ...

The apple 's work has entered the busy season

2017/05/20   -Blog, Yokoya farm's event
 

The apple flower bloom earlier this month. Apple farmers entered the busy season. In Japan, most flowers are nipped off to grow apple big. When the flowers fall, the trees bear fruit. But we also nip off most of them. ...

I made Miso!

2017/04/25   -Blog, Yokoya farm's event
 

We made Miso at friend's restaurant. Miso is made with soybeans, koji(malted rice) and salt. First, Soak the soybeans in water. overnight. Soybeans contains water,  to swell and become bigger twofold. Then cook for about 3 hours in a pot. ...

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Cherry blossoms are in full bloom at Matsumoto City

2017/04/18   -Blog

Cherry blossoms are in full bloom at Matsumoto City. Yesterday, there was a cherry - blossom party(Hanami) in my district. We ate Yakiniku and Yakisoba under cherry blossoms. We feel comfortable outside in this season ! We are looking forward ...

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Spring has begun

2017/04/06   -Blog

Spring comes to our house! Ume begin to bloom, and many spring flowers are flowering prettily in the garden. The temperature has become warmer in the daytime. It is very comfortable temperature for me.  

A gardener pruned garden trees and shrubs

2017/03/20   -Blog, Yokoya farm's event

I asked a professional gardener to prun garden trees and shrubs around my house. It is difficult for us to prun beautify. There are many garden trees in my garden, so this work takes 5 days!! In Japan, A gardener ...

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My daughter's birthday party and Doll's Festival party

2017/03/05   -Blog

Today is my daughter's frist birthday! She became one year old. March 3 is Dolls 'Festival in Japan. The day is an occasion to pray for young girls' growth and happiness. So We held a party for my daughter. For ...

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We make a walking map

2017/02/23   -Blog

We decided to make a walking map of house and surrounding streets for guest who come to stay at Yokoya Farm. We asked Ms. Mika Takada to draw the map. I think the map become very cute. When flowers bloom, ...