Learn about bamboo harvesting and help us with house keeping. Enjoy life in traditional farm village in Fujieda, Japan

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  • Description

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    Hello,


    Welcome to Japan and to our house.
    Daisuke is from japan and Hila is from Israel.
    First thank you for reading our page and we wish you great time in Japan :)
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    Thank you, we are looking for volunteers in January-

    for cut bamboo and clean bamboo forest
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    We live in traditional Japanese farmer village. we both speak English.
    we live Between Tokyo and Kyoto surrounded by mountains, Bamboo forests, Rivers and Green Tea Fields.

    we live in a house that we renovated from green tea factory to a nice home and we have an extra room for workaways. around us we have bamboo forests that we farm.

    please read our profile well before writing to us, thank you so much.

    we need seasonal help in 5 projects that we do:

    1. Cleaning our House - march, April, and few more times during the year.
    2. Bamboo shoots harvest - end of march to April.
    3. Bamboo cutting and cleaning forest - October
    4. Bamboo cutting a - November .
    5. House Renovation and House cleaning - November to February.


    we are really great-full for you for reading our page. we accept volunteers only from the age of 23 and older. we can accept also couples. usually we have one or two volunteers at a time. thank you so much.
    winter is very cold - think twice before you write to us :)

    We also want to mention that there are spiders in the house. They are harmless, but they are big!!

    About the work for man with Bamboo -
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    We are looking only!!! for physically strong man that have experience in out door work!! and this is because this work is very hard, and physically challenging - thank you for your understanding.

    About the work for the woman/man with cleaning -
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    we think its good job for someone that enjoy cleaning, and care to clean very well.
    the work is with Hila, We really need the extra hand sometimes and be so happy if you come :)

    Thank you.

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  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Farmstay
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    visiting here might be nice opportunity to see traditional farmers village in japan.
    you can see how people live and farm.
    can enjoy the local nature and walk in the bamboo forests and green tea fields.
    also we have a hike with view of fuji mountain (if clouds dont block the view)

    our hotel is in traditional Japanese house, so you can see a house from 90 years ago.
    we can speak Japanese with you and we sometimes cook Japanese food.

    hope you will like it here.

  • Help

    Help

    We try to write the help description as clear as we can so it would be easy to understand what you are coming for. we really wish for you to have great time here and for us to Enjoy and to get our important work done.

    1. Bamboo shoots harvest -
    help harvesting bamboo shoots. at the beginning of the season the bamboo shoots are hiding under ground when only their top in out, so it may takes time to find them.
    The bamboo shoots can wight from 300 gr. to 4 kg. every day we want to harvest as much as we can.
    in the morning we drive to the forest. then we climb up the mountain and starts harvesting. we collect the bamboo shots in 20 kg box and deliver them to the local farmers factory at the end of the day.

    2. Bamboo cutting and cleaning forest -
    we need help with cleaning our bamboo forest. we will cut old bamboos, pick up old brunches....and more. we have to move old bamboo bunches from the forest to another place..

    3. Bamboo cutting -
    we wish to cut about 300 bamboos - about 20 bamboos need to be cut every day. we cut them by hand saw and by chain saw. after cutting we need to carry the bamboo to the storage place. than we cut the 15 meter bamboos to 2.5 meter sections - this we do by electric saw. also we will clean the bamboo forest as we go. we also use machine to make the branches in to compost.
    and we give them to local artists.
    We cannot damage the bamboo, and this make this work also gentle and sensitive.

    It can be hard in the bamboo forest - there are no path, sometimes you need to climb the mountain, the bamboo is heavy... are you sure you are up for this?also mosquitoes are waiting for you there...bzzzzz.... its also beautiful and quite but its important for us to emphasize the challenging part since this job is very important to us and we work with a dead line. thank you so much

    4. House cleaning work:
    we need help with cleaning the house and gardening.
    we love to clean very well and we think its good job for someone that enjoy cleaning, and care to clean very well.
    also sometimes the work in under time pressure - and we need to clean good and fast - so we hope its ok for you.
    thank you so much.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Japanese, Hebrew

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    private or shared tatami room.
    if its a shared room, there will 2 in the room: 2 woman or 2 man.

    we would be living together and its important to us that you are clean and tidy.

    we are having a small hotel here in separate house. so while you are here the hotel guests are here also and the guest privacy is very very important to us.

    we are sorry that this make you uncomfortable and we hope this is ok for you.
    Thank you so much.

    about meals - we don't cook meat. we cook veg and fish - we hope this ok for you. ( we can not offer vegan meals).
    we are happy to offer your meals on your working days. on your days off we ask that you take care for your food by yourself. thank you so much.

    After you contact us we would like to talk on skype.

    thank you so much for your time,
    and for reading our page.
    all the best
    Hila and Dai.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our village is traditional farmers village which is famous for the harvest of green-tea and Bamboo shoot.
    in this area you can enjoy: mountain hiking with great view of Fuji mountain, traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, Hot spring, rivers (good for swimming), famous fish market, traditional hand-craft arts workshops, traditional food market (on the 28 of every month) and Local restaurants.

    when you wish to go out from the house, there is 10 minutes walk to the nearest bus station, from there you can reach any destination.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 days a week, 5 hours per day. Two days off

Hila and Dai
Working in the garden
our house. we will live here together. living room.
At the Bamboo forest - we need to clean the bamboo forest...
Bamboo cutting and drying - the boiling and drying part. you can see at the back the big water pot where we cook the bamboos. and the boiled bamboos are left in the sun to dry for one month.
bamboo cutting and drying - after cutting the bamboos to 2.5 meter sections we loud them on the track.
bamboo shoots harvest - end of march to April. the shoots are underground. you need to dig a lot to get them out.
Bamboo cutting and drying - the cutting part :)

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