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The Importance of Good Soil

Here is the end-of-the-year report from the Kokoro Media field. Last time, Masamichi, the organic farmer, showed us how to select the most vigorous plants just by looking at the buds. This time, he shows us how the plants have grown, and tells us about the importance of making good soil for organic farming. More…

Crossing Cultures to Build a Unique Career in the Japanese Hospitality Industry: An Interview with Gary Luscombe

The traditional inn—the ryokan—is where Japan’s rich history intersects with the unparalleled hospitality and customer service that the country is known for. Steeped in tradition, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to work at a ryokan as a foreign resident of Japan. Thankfully, Gary Luscombe, who works at Amami Onsen Nanten-en, has…

Selecting the Most Vigorous Plants

Here is our monthly report from the Kokoro Media field! (You can find the previous episodes of our remote farming project here.) Last time, organic farmer Masamichi harvested edamame and gave us tips about shiso. Since then, he has cleaned the field to grow the vegetables you selected in our last survey! In this new video,…

Harvesting Edamame

Here is our monthly report from the Kokoro Media field! (You can find the previous episodes of our remote farming project here.) Last time, our friend, organic farmer Masamichi, explained to us how to water vegetables the right way so that they can survive the Japanese summer heat. He also showed us the growing fruits of…

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