Farming and fireflies
In June, me and my friends from work went to Mitaka which is a suburb of Tokyo to enjoy a day on a farm. In Japan, going to a private farm to pick vegetables and fruits is one of the typical seasonal entertainment. Many private farms offer this kind of service where you pick your own vegetables or fruits and then pay by the hour or for the amount you take or eat. There are many themed packages like “ichigo gari” – pick-your-own strawberry and there are also general farm packages where you get to go to a farm and do whatever you want. You can pick any vegetable as long as it is ready, eat it right there or grill it in a nearby tent. That’s the trip we took. We got to pick and eat a lot of corn, garlic, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, potatoes etc. and then took plenty home.
I tried every activity that was out there. The hardest was the harvesting of potatoes. I know how to do it because my grandma used to grow potatoes in her summer garden but I have never thought it requires a huge physical strength. It looked so easy when she did it but it is really very hard. My back was hurting after only a few minutes.
Tomatoes was the best part. There were absolutely delicious – very sweet and juicy. Did I mention it is my favorite vegetable? My mom said she drank nothing but tomato juice when she was pregnant with me. That must be why I love them so much. I just seriously can’t get enough. If there was no other food but tomatoes, I’d be happy. ^-^
In the evening, we took a hike to a nearby forest to watch fireflies. There weren’t as many as I thought there would be. I have never seen fireflies before so I imagined them to be something like in a Disney movie – thousands flying around, lighting up the whole forest. In fact, they don’t always switch on their little shiny butts and only male bugs are flying. Also, there are only a few places on earth when you can in fact see thousands of them because they thrive only in the cleanest environments and sadly there aren’t as many left… But it was beautiful nevertheless. The glow they radiate is greenish yellow and when they move it looks magical. ^-^