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Rice Planting and Harvest

21752403_1647485845322823_3628829529756358520_n_thumb.jpgApologies - it has been such a long time since I updated this blog! This summer was absolutely crazy, in the best possible way. We had seven guests stay for periods of up to or over a month, which means we were able to accomplish a lot! Our chicks grew into chickens, we expanded the chicken house, renovated our men's dormitory, cleaned the kura, and transformed one of our sheds into a cafe space. We also facilitated two fantastic camps for youth from Japan and Germany with the Hanover YMCA and Fukuyama YMCA, as well as an American Summer Camp English party for local elementary school students! 

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Peace Boat Friends

This week, 10 amazing men and women who just returned from a voyage on the Peace Boat traveled from all over Japan to visit Peace Culture Village. They helped us clean our new campus building, made delicious meals, crafted "peace pencils" using cherry blossom wood, and played music with ukelele, harmonica, and beautiful voices! 

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Baby Chicks

From February to May, Bei, Ryo, and Steve worked hard to construct a chicken house for our new baby chicks to live in. The chicks arrived on May 10th and they are adorable! 

Bei makes her own chicken feed out of rice flour, rice bran, rice husk, rice husk charcoal, soy pulp, and fish among other ingredients. We also feed the chicks worms when we find them in the fields and gardens.

Check out the video below for footage of the construction process as well as the cute baby chicks.

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Mountain Vegetable Barbecue

This week, Steve, Ryo, and Mary attended a mountain vegetable barbecue in Joge. A good friend of the Peace Culture Village, Mizukami-san, is a sort of expert on mountain vegetables. As a hobby, he searches for wild vegetables, or plants his own mountain veggies, and harvests them to eat. Once every couple of months or so, he invites the locals to his home to eat these yummy seasonal treats. 

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Songs in English: "Take It Easy"

IMG_4948.jpgYesterday, Peace Culture Village held its first Songs in English class at Hotta Ringyo in Joge Town. This new class, co-taught by Steve and Mary, teaches English through English songs and will occur once per month. This month, 10 people learned the song "Take It Easy" by The Eagles.

First, we read through copies of both English and Japanese lyrics. We then took the song verse by verse, focusing on pronunciation; English slang, idioms, and metaphors; and overall song meaning. Throughout the evening, we practiced singing "Take It Easy" with a live band! 

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Pizza Oven

Last month, Ryo finished work on the pizza oven, and it made its debut at our NPO Celebration Party. This week, Ryo and Bei's friends from Tokyo visited to help on the farm. We gave the pizza oven another go, this time cooking 4 different kinds of pizza's: tomato sauce, bacon and sausage; yellow sauce and bamboo shoots; shirasu (tiny translucent fish), and a sweet pizza with peanuts, chocolate, and marshmallow!

 

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I Am Stove @ PCV

IMG_1120.jpgLast week, a group of Japanese wood-burning stove enthusiasts met at Peace Culture Village to discuss the 2017 "I Am Stove" conference. This yearly conference is a chance for people in the Hiroshima area to show off their handmade, wood-burning stoves. Aside from stove displays, conventions past have also featured cooking demonstrations using organic ingredients, booths, lectures, workshops, and musical performances. Wood-burning stove fans and families alike enjoy the “I Am Stove” convention each year.IMG_1121.jpg

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PCV Celebrates New NPO Status

On March 15, Peace Culture Village received its NPO certification. We are now officially open for business! 

I remember when I first moved to Konu half a year ago being struck by the warmth and hospitality of the local community. There are times when anonymous neighbors leave vegetables, fresh from their farms, in our genkan. Other times, veteran local farmers stop by to advise us or just to chat. Generous with their resources, their feedback and their time, people in Konu have been at the heart of making the PCV vision a reality. Without input and contributions from these countless friends and benefactors, we wouldn't be where we are today. Launching PCV has truly been a community effort. 

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