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August 15, 2009


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Jeff Martin

Hi Nancy
best edition yet
Hi Nancy
you are really catching the communication of the soul of what u are doiing
I am intrigued (?) by the planting of rice
I would like our next visit to coincide with rice planting
what appeals to me is the
mud ,,,,this and the planting...is me,
and Tadaki's illegal. Brew
and the other stuff you wrote about
love to you Tadaki and the boyz

Rodney Fong

My wife's family comes from a line of Japanese immigrant coffee growers in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. She would relate her parents' tales of life on the plantations, the hard work, the rituals, but mostly memories of what seems like a world long since gone. It happens on a smaller scale now, with fewer and fewer private coffee farms. I think only 1 of her uncles still goes back to help with the harvest. I would guess that most of us reading your blog are from more urban and western cultures. I can only imagine what life was like back then, and now here you are living a similar kind of life. Your description of rice planting is only something I can relate to seeing in a museum display or a movie, like Jet Li's "Fearless", where he comes upon an agrarian village and learns about life and perspective from planting rice. I can see how you have come to embrace your life and to share your culture with your new one.


That is very interesting Nancy! Thanks for sharing with us.

Peter McCook

What a great experiece to appreciate the origin of the food you will enjoy at harvest

Olga Singleton

I like the process. It sounds like a fun and exciting event! You must look forward to writing these stories. It seems like you sit down, unwind, and let your genius free. (im such a dork haha) I love these stories : D

Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Rodney, thanks for the faithful and relevant comments. Peter, nice to "see" another Toyonite chime in every once in a while. You both are right, this is an old way of life, but I think more people all over the world are moving back to it. Simplicity is hard work, but strangely restful.

Jacky, thank you for taking care of Christopher. He blossomed while in Boston.

And to two of my favorite extended family members: brother-in-law Jeff and niece Olga..."Jeffie": thanks. Poetically peppered with typos, as always unconcerned with form, I can definitely imagine you on the rice field. Though sister Pam not. Not just the mud, but the leeches would certainly keep her out. Truthfully, they're not as bad as they sound. I've only had to pick off a few. Olga: you're exactly right that I "look forward to writing these stories" and the "unwind" part...but I think letting my "genius free" is a big stretch.

Joanne Godley

Hi Nancy,

Your writing is magical: I feel transported by your blog into the workings and feel of a different culture--which I love! The other thing is that your photos are absolutely superb! I'm very visual and being able to look at the presentation of the food (or food preparation) is a feast in and of itself. Thank you for doing this!

Joanne G.

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