I am an organic farmer.My family is 4 people.（My parents and sister.）One cat, two dogs and five chickens are pets.I want to revive the area that declines.I would like to make a community based on organic agriculture.
People who accept (I want to learn Japanese · I want to study organic agriculture · I want to enjoy nature and sightseeing spots in Tokushima)
We will accept people from long-term stays (over 36day ) in turn. Maximum of 2 people.
People with poor accent when speaking English do not accept it. I am poor in English, so I can not hear your English. Also, I can not understand English like a three year old child.
Maintenance of farm, harvesting and sorting of crops, seeding / planting, fertilization, other. Many of them needs to use muscle power and the body gets dirty. Sometimes it is hot, cold, windy, but we have to do them. Also humans and animals are competing for survival every day in here, so person who can not kill even a pest can never adapt.
My countryside life is never slow. Many tasks are required to be promptly implemented and completed within limited time such as season, weather, time etc. In addition, we have to guess and judge as to what to do or should not as appropriate in advance. I expect helper who support these. Conversely for host it is nuisance those who can not get up at the scheduled time, those who can not gather at the work start time, or those who can not prepare and can not clean.
I don't want to accept those who give up on the way or escape. The same is true for person who can not self control and person with little help mind. Don't request staying if you don't have enough mind and body and power to accept these situation because mismatch is a disadvantage for both sides. In fact, some visitors who underestimated the farm work were fled in a few days. Conversely, I welcome you if you can challenge them with high motivation or ambition and I will give you a lot of valuable experience for your future life. Of course anyone who is inexperienced in work will be tired. But person will upgrade when overcoming it and will get great pleasure.
In principle my recruiting helper conditions are 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, stay at least 5 weeks or more. Long-term stay is also possible. It is advisable to plan the stay early and send request more than one month before the desired stay. Helpers can help me in the morning and use free time all afternoon. Many of the past helpers selected help time from 6 am to 12 am because it was most reasonable.(1hour break) The timing can be adjusted as desired. However depending on the weather, host may request to change time or day because almost of tasks to need help is on outdoor.
On outdoor tasks, every season helper must wear long sleeves, long trousers, working boots, gloves and hat for protection. It is necessary for the safety and health of the helpers, it is not acceptable changing it with their selfishness.
What I expect to helpers is not skill, it is sincerity and enthusiasm. In Japan there is a proverb that "Excellent hawks hide their nails", persons boast their own abilities are never highly appreciated. It is respected who always recognize own incomplete, and who act humbly to learn. In addition, it is considered needs to give consideration to the surrounding people and to have a generous mind to compromise. So stance is more important than skill.
Host will judge applicant's aptitude by reading on the contents of the request message and profile, therefore if these descriptions are too little, that it will be out of the candidates. It is same when response time is too late. I do not consider nationality, gender, age, if the applicant has a mature spirit sufficiently. But I don't accept unplanned person, very loose ones, whimsy ones and unpunctual ones. Of course the same applies to those who do not follow instructions or rules. "Make plan and execute it" is most important for efficiency and safety. So, person who change schedule frequently or immediately before is risky to the host and I refuse its stay.
Also, I do not like the following person: smartphone addicts, unsanitary , low predictive ability, lack of concentration, restless, non sensible, rude, childish, not learn, ignore advice or order, selfish, big spender, handle tools or equipments roughly, do without permission, no report, no check, no plan, no caring, poor mind.
The above is the deterrent to protect other residents. If you are, who would like to live with?
By staying at my house, it is possible to experience Japanese lifestyle and countryside life.
By helping my work, it is possible to learn how to use various tools and enjoy the crop growing and harvesting pleasure.
By interacting with me and villagers, it is possible to foster a view of life.
If you just want to touch the surface of the culture of this area comfortably, I recommend you staying at the hotel and sightseeing. But if you stay my home and live with me for a certain period, we must support each other as a member of the family and share joy and suffering. If you regard it as merit and want positive involvement, your homestay will be meaningful and that choice is appropriate. The purpose of stay depends on visitors, but I believe that your experiences on here will make your heart even stronger and richer.
Here is Japan. Visitors must respect and adhere to this country's manners and regulations. Also they must stay according to the custom of this place rather but not their own ones. These are the same in help time and in free time. Visitors behavior will affect the host and people living in that area and will be reflected in the response to the next visitors. If someone dirty it by egoism, no one will be welcomed afterwards. So visitors should always be conscious that they are representatives of their respective countries and workawayers. The safety and cleanliness of this country is keeping by the efforts of people living there and visitors. Please learn on here about why some unattended stores have could continue on this area.
Many Japanese are kind, so we will use inexperienced English and try to respond to foreign visitors. However, in essence, what it should be like is that the visitors use the language of this country as much as possible to communicate. It is not necessary to be perfect, but its effort is important and leads to trust. If you try to communicate positively, it will be possible to learn it in help time, meal time, free time.
Likewise, I am not a good English speaker and listener. Speak in Japanese or speak in English with easy words and gestures.
Japanese and some English. Other staff may not speak much English.
I prepare a room of my house exclusively for travelers. Futon bedsets. Other facilities are shared with the host.
Clean water is supplied and sanitary toilets and hot showers are available. An indoor kitchen can be used for cooking. However, wasteful use of water and energy is prohibited because we need maximum effort to save that.
Here is never hotel, so staying person need to keep room and shared facilities clean at all times. If this is not done, the host will kick it out from my house.
My house is a old. And many wild animals and insects appear around it. Some of them harm human beings. So it is not suitable for stays of nervous person or weak one. On the other hand, luckily, there is no large dangerous animals like a bear around here, of course no ferocious animals that trigger terrorism or shoot guns random.
Host and visitors eat the same lunch meal.(5 times a week) Please make breakfast and dinner by yourself. Also this meal often includes meat, fish, and Japanese unique ingredients. I can only accept person who can eat every foods without restriction and aversion, because I can not provide meals tailored to whose allergy, eating habits, faith. Rather, I think that is an important element for obtaining a deep understanding of culture. Although it is not limited to food, you will come here from a distance, is it end without challenging on valuable opportunities? In Japan, it is very important manner to eat without leaving meals.（A helper that can be cooked with limited ingredients. Accept helper studying raw food.）
The wired internet gives wireless LAN (wi-fi) only in my house or around there. Visitors can use it for free
This area is a relatively warm place in Japan. In winter, the seasonal wind is strong a bit, but it rarely freezes and does not snow. Summer is slightly cooler than town because it is in the mountains.
(Express bus), about 10 hours from Tokyo station to wakimachi-Inter.My house is 5 minutes by car from Waki-cho Inter.(Express bus),about 3 hours from Hankyu Umeda Station to wakimachi-Inter.（JR train）15 minutes by car from Anabuki station to my house.
Helper can enjoy free time as hiking, harvesting of natural vegetables and fruits ,ecological observation, photography, sketching, paintings, others.
Bicycles are available for rent. It is 3000 yen per month.
There are many cafés and pubs (restaurants) and sightseeing spots that are close to the view. Supermarkets and McDonald's are also 10 to 15 minutes by bicycle. Mima city is the mining of tourist spots. Please enjoy many sightseeing spots and events by all means.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week