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A rice paddy of Arrow Warm Oita (2015)


Centennial Shochu Project

The Yazaki Centennial “Shochu” Project, a commemoration of Yazaki’s 75th Anniversary
Yazaki employees took on the challenge of growing rice and producing rice shochu in Saiki City, Oita Prefecture.

October 10, 2015

Yazaki Centennial “Shochu” Project session 2: Rice harvesting

Harvesting magnificently ripened rice with local children

The second volunteer activity of the Yazaki Centennial “Shochu” Project took place in Saiki City, Oita Prefecture on October 10. The “Hinohikari” rice seedlings that were planted in the Nishino district paddy in mid-June had grown splendidly since then, and now it was time to harvest them to make shochu.

Under the guidance of Arrow Farm Oita and local farmers, seven volunteer members and twelve local fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who were members of their elementary school’s “inventors’ club” harvested the rice together.

Excited to be harvesting rice for the first time, the children moved even faster than the adults and helped get the job of harvesting the entire one-han paddy done before noon. Lunch was a barbecue served on the grounds of Oita Parts, where the local residents, schoolchildren and everyone else involved got better acquainted. In the afternoon, everyone set to work threshing the rice. The entire job was completed in the late afternoon, just as it was getting a little cool. The members’ faces beamed with their sense of accomplishment and exhilaration. The next day, they collected trash on Saiki’s shore in gratitude for the city’s kindness.

Group photo of the harvesting members

Cutting carefully with a sickle

Children intent on their work

The entire rice paddy after harvest

Trying a foot-operated threshing machine

Everyone together at a barbecue at Oita Parts

Enjoying salt-broiled sweetfish that had just been caught that morning

A light truck loaded with the harvest

Coastal trash collection on the second day. The bags filled up in no time.