A Day in the Country

a day in Japanese countryside

A friend of ours owns some land deep in the mountains of Miyazaki. It’s a couple of kilometers from the nearest house and the only sounds heard are those of nature.  It is a wild place, where deer, boars and monkeys roam free.  It is also a place of serene beauty, where the rivers, mountains, and forests channel their energy to all who visit.

Yesterday we spent a couple leisurely hours harvesting rice and then a couple more hours tying it into bunches and hanging it to dry on wooden racks.  In between we had a meal of chestnut rice, miso soup, and sauteed veggies.  Everything had been grown right there and cooked over a simple wood-fire.

A friend owns some land in mountains of Miyazaki, a couple of kilometers from nearest house and the only sounds are those of nature.We spent another hour chatting with our friends and watching the sun set behind the mountains.

And then it was time to go – we exchanged a few gifts, said arigatou and sayonara and made our way home, feeling completely refreshed and alive.


Lives in Miyazaki, Japan and is a contributing editor to WAWAZA's blogs.

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3 Responses to A Day in the Country

  1. Avatar jasjeet says:

    Many Many Happy Returns of this beautiful day Grand Ma. Happy Belated Birthday Grand Ma.

    jasjeet from USA

  2. Avatar mirela says:

    Reading your description feels like reading the opening of a captivating book. Almost magical but very true. I feel like I’m living in the darkness before the dawn because here in my country, millions of miles away from your beautiful country, we still experience a little bit of winter. So I guess I’m waiting for the light, for spring to really show itself so I can also experience nature’s beauty, the renewing warmth of the sunshine, the invigorating mountain air.
    Thank you for all your posts. I feel like I grasped some understanding of the life of the Japanese people and culture. Please keep on writing.
    Have a wonderful week.

    • Avatar kiyotake says:

      Hi Mirela,
      I am very happy that you are enjoying my writing! Thank you so much for your kind comments. May nature give to you a beautiful Spring!!

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