Intern report: 17th Flowerpot planting activity

On Saturday 16th of April, Groundwork Fukuoka held the 17th Flowerpot planting Activity which was conducted in 1996. On that day we started quite early in the morning to prepare everything until the event starts. We expected about 100 participants this year so there were a lot of things to do beforehand. Therefore we brought most of the necessary stuff we needed to the flower gardening park the day before, so that we only had to setup everything on the next day.

At 9:30 a.m. the people started gathering and after everyone was done with the accreditation, the event began prompt at 10 o´clock. It IMG_5961started off with welcoming the people and thanking them for participating. Furthermore a little instruction was given so that everybody knew how the course of the activity looks like. Then all the participants started to re-pot the seedlings one by one which were carefully grown by Midori no Machizukuri no Kai in Koga city.

During this time I helped to provide for everyone’s needs and arranged the re-potted seedlings by flower type and the participant’s group name. At approximately 12:30 o´clock all the seedlings were planted into new pots. It was surprisingly how fast and whatIMG_5970 volume of work can be achieved by working together. About 7000 pots in total were made. After thanking them for participating and for their great work the event was officially over and everybody searched for their name tags to take home the amount of planted seedlings they ordered. When everybody was done and left, we started to clean up the place.

All in all, the entire event was a success. The activity was accompanied by a sunny weather and everyone had a great time. Consequently the meaning of this activity to connect people by gardening and planting together and learn to understand and accept each other was definitely conveyed.

Written by Marcel

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Intern Report: Miso Event

On Saturday 12th Groundwork Fukuoka held the Miso event in Yame-city. It takes about 1 hour by car from Fukuoka to the village, so we had to leave quite early in the morning.

The event took place in an old elementary school building, which was closed due to the small amount of children in the village. Therefore we were able to use the facility for our event. Around 9 o´clock about 20 people from all ages (children, elderly) gathered to participate in the event. Together we started cooking our own lunch.

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First we started with cleaning all the kitchen utensils, which we brought ourselves, followed by cutting all the different ingredients for our meal into small pieces. In the beginning the grownups showed the young children and me how to cut the vegetables into the right size and afterwards it was our turn to do so. In the meantime some other children learned how to wash rice and put it into the rice cooker.

During waiting for the rice to be cooked, one elderly woman explained and showed us how the Miso (soybean paste) for the soup is made. This paste was put into the boiling pot as the last ingredient which gave the soup the good taste for what it is known in Japan.

味噌開き20160312-37_RShortly before lunch we took the cooked rice and formed the famous rice balls called Onigiri. This is done by dipping both hands into water with salt and then forming the rice with a special hand grip into their triangular form. I also gave it a try but have to admit it is much more difficult as it looks like. My first attempts ended in round circles which made everybody laugh. Nevertheless I didn´t give up and at the end I kind of figured out how to make an Onigiri that could be recognized as one.

After finishing making Onigiris, we laid the table and ate together our own cooked meal. It was very delicious and everybody ate a lot. After lunch we grownups started to clean up while the kids were having fun by playing football. About 2 o´clock the event was over and everybody went back home.

All in all everybody had a great time. Especially I really enjoyed myself and it was really interesting to see and experience how a traditional Japanese food is cooked.

 

Written by Marcel

(Intern report) Peas and Daisies

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Groundwork Fukuoka has a lot of different projects in cooperation with other organisations.

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One of these projects is the cultivation of Snap peas (スナップエンドウ) and Crown daisy (シュンギク). This Project takes place in Umi (宇美町), a small town close to Fukuoka.

Two days ago (01.21.14) Kana-san, a staff member of Groundwork Fukuoka, and I went to the Umi to check the growing of the crops. It was a nice, sunny day, with clear blue sky, the perfect day to do some field work.

 

We arrived at 11am at the field. The field comprised 4 rows of Plants, 2 rows of each plant. To protect the plants from the cold weather, the earth around the peas was covered with a black mulching sheets. The Crown daisies got a Greenhouse, made out of a transparent tarpaulin. At first we weeded the field. A few minuets after we started working, 3 members of Green Caravan arrived and helped us with the work. The Snap Peas were growing well. But, because of the cold weather, the Crown daisies were not able to grow. Also the Greenhouse, could not changed this, so we decided to abandon these plants.

 

After finishing work, the members of Green Caravan invited us to a restaurant. This restaurant was lead by handicapped people. In this restaurant they serve meals, with the vegetables they grow themselves. The resturante was not that big, but it had a nice atmosphere and the food was very delicious.

 

In the end it was an very nice day, which Ifeltrather hzoliday than work. The people were very nice and I realy enjoied the trip. I hope there will be more days like these in the future.

Written by Maximilinan Grunow