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Report of My Life in Konohana Family, Japan(1) —— First impression of Konohana F

Publisher: tongxin | Publish time: 2013-9-3 08:46| Views: 2333| Num of Comments: 30|Thread manage logs

Editor's note: Konohana family is a mature ecovillage in Japan which has been established for 19 years. There are about 85 members work and live together in Konohana.
(http://www.konohana-family.org)This April we got connected with each other and found we share a lot of common values and similar life style. And both of us are quite open to community exchange. So we decided to exchange community members, to learn and exchange information and experience.
Ailian celestial is the first representative of the Second Home visit Konohana Family, she arrived there on July 31 and will stay for 50 days.


Report of My Life in Konohana Family, Japan (1)
—— First impression of Konohana

Ailian celestial
(translated by Tongxin)

As time goes by I have been living in Konohana family for nine days, my impression of this community is very good. As the life schedule is relatively full, please forgive me for not sharing the infomation with you till today.

Konohana Family is located at Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, 250 km far from Tokyo,the famous Fuji Mountain is nearby. Fujinomiya is a very beautiful and serene small town with small population, it’s clean and tidy everywhere, which gave me a very nice impression.

I arrived at Konohana at around 1pm in the afternoon, a member who is responsible for guest care picked me up at the bus station, I felt familiar with her and she was very friendly and nice. When we arrived at the community, some members can call my name directly which quite surprised me, hehe! (Later I was told that everybody knew from several months ago that a community called the Second Home in China would send exchange member to  live with them for some time, they’re excited and interested in knowing more about us.) People working in kitchen also kept the lunch for me, a very nice and good-looking Japan style meal,(see photo below), and all materials are 100% organic, very delicious!

My room is a sharing room with four other community members, it’s not a big room but clean and ordered. Here everybody lives together with other members, basically with two or more than two in each bedroom.

The afternoon I arrived, Michiyo( she is responsible for international communication and also the president of GENOA)  gave me a brief introduction of the community, and in the evening I attended the first meeting of Konohana. Before I came I read the daily schedule of the community and knew that they had a meeting every night, and I was curious why they had meeting every day and wondered what's the content of the meeting. After I come, I know that every night’s meeting is a very important part of this community both for personal improvement and the community building. Although I can’t understand Japanese, there’s members who can do translation for me, this helps a lot for me to know more about Konohana, hehe!  I’ll share more in my following reports.

A very similar part of Konohana Family with our community is that they also have clear division of roles on daily life and production. There are people who grow vegetables,  who pack and send vegetables to the local shopkeeper, there are cooker, cleaner, beekeeper, and people who do promotion etc. Everyone has a specific job to do. The second day I was placed in the vege fields, till yesterday I’ve worked there for one week. Every day the job is different, such as cover films , remove films , weeding, mulching, plant cucumbers, pick watermelons, save seeds for tomatoes and bitter melon etc. What impressed me is that people here are very diligent, I never seen anyone who is lazy. Although there is no supervision, people work very hard and pursue the best performance in their work. Probably this is a very important reason to explain why they can have such a successful permaculture practice in their community. After job 十finished,everybody will clean the tools and put it back to the right places.

Like our community Konohana also has two meals each day, one is at 12pm, the other at 7pm. In the morning the kitchen will prepare hot rice and traditional Japanese soup, anyone who feels hungry can go to have some before work.  The morning work starts from 7:30am to 12:00pm, with a break of  30 minutes. During the break everybody will sit together and talk, have watermelons, drinks, sometimes there are self-made deserts. Although the first lunch will be served till 12:00pm, I don’t feel hungry when working.  From 12:00 pm to 2:30pm it's time for lunch and rest. Now the weather is hot, many people will have a nap. In the afternoon work begins from 2:30pm and end at 6:00pm. Also there is a break for about 30 minutes.

Dinner time is a good time for relaxing, people sit together, eat and talk. Same as our community, food are served in a buffet style, and all people here are vegetarian, all food material are grown by the community, include diverse fresh vegetables and eggs. The basic food style is Japanese, sometime there is also western -style food.  

After the dinner, people will help the kitchen to clean everything. Then there will be a short time for kids to interact with the adults, and kids will share the happy things in their daily life. Even very young kids of 2 -3 years also do it !

The meeting begins from 9pm, usually ends after 11:30pm at night. After attending many days' meeting, my feeling is that their meeting is like a combination of values study and life meeting in the Second Home. By the way, Konohana family also has a spiritual guide and they also focus a lot on spiritual development.  There are much more similarity between Konohana family and the Second Home than I have imagined, and some of their values are just the same as Lifechanyuan values!

Well, I've talked a lot, now it’s time to share the photos!

To be continued...

2013/8/8

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my first meal in Konohana Family
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Guest room
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Canteen and the activity room
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One of the main building
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Do exercise before working
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Cookers
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Delicious egg rolls
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Brown rice
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find a big watermelon in the field!
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happy break time
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practice Japanese dance after dinner
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more than eight kinds of self-made honey
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the one in photo is Isadon, the spiritual guide of Konohana
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introduce the Second Home to Konohana
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cute kids
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ready for going to school
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adorable baby
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Latest comments

Joel Post time 2013-9-3 13:38:53
Edited by Joel at 2013-9-3 00:47

Don't I know that one with the big beautiful smile holding the watermelon out in the field?
xidai Post time 2013-9-3 14:06:20
Joel replied at 2013-9-3 13:38
Don't I know that one with the big beautiful smile holding the watermelon out in the field?

Bingo! You know her of course, Grandpa Joel!
xidai Post time 2013-9-3 14:11:15
Thank sister Ailian for sharing and dear Tongxin for translating. Their environment is sooo clean!
Joel Post time 2013-9-3 14:18:42
Edited by Joel at 2013-9-3 01:20

Tell us more about their spiritual belief system.
What are some similarities and differences between theirs and, If I may be so bold to say, ours?
tongxin Post time 2013-9-3 14:43:23
Joel replied at 2013-9-3 14:18
Tell us more about their spiritual belief system.
What are some similarities and differences between ...

Hi, dear Joel, I like your question and your boldness! Your question has been answered in Ailian's continued sharing, they're written in Chinese and was originally shared in our inner website.  I'll try to translate more in the coming days.
tianjicao Post time 2013-9-3 21:01:15
Dear Ailian and Tongxin happiness.
conglong Post time 2013-9-4 09:04:50
Joel replied at 2013-9-3 13:38
Don't I know that one with the big beautiful smile holding the watermelon out in the field?

Does she look like another Conglong?
Joel Post time 2013-9-4 09:49:58
Edited by Joel at 2013-9-3 20:56
Does she look like another Conglong?

Are the two of you identical twins?
Every time I see pics of either of you, the hair and/or clothes are different, so I can not tell who is whom.
You could really confuse me by looking identical when we meet next month...and please save some watermelon for me.
xidai Post time 2013-9-4 14:37:24
conglong replied at 2013-9-4 09:04
Does she look like another Conglong?

Only a little!
xidai Post time 2013-9-4 14:41:25
Joel replied at 2013-9-4 09:49
Are the two of you identical twins?
Every time I see pics of either of you, the hair and/or clothes ...

It's quite understadble, Grandpa...LOL

and please save some watermelon for me


How cute you are, Grandpa Joel. But I think it's too late for you to have a taste. They may be already gone!
tongxin Post time 2013-9-4 15:15:26
Joel replied at 2013-9-4 09:49
Are the two of you identical twins?
Every time I see pics of either of you, the hair and/or clothes ...

I like to read your post,  Joel.

You will recognize them easily from hair, no matter what they wear, Conglong has long hair, Ailian has short hair.

And watermelons, we'll taste for you before you arrive.
conglong Post time 2013-9-4 16:03:46
Joel replied at 2013-9-4 09:49
Are the two of you identical twins?
Every time I see pics of either of you, the hair and/or clothes ...

I'm not sure but we don't look identical at all, you might be confused at first sight, but I'm sure you will be able to tell others the difference within a few days.

As for the watermelon, it mgiht be too late, we ate for you already. But the Second Home has an abundance of good stuff....waiting for you.....


Joel Post time 2013-9-4 16:09:49
I think Ailian has what Americans call a "beauty mark" on her left cheek, under her mouth, unless that was just temporary?
xidai Post time 2013-9-4 17:15:48
Joel replied at 2013-9-4 16:09
I think Ailian has what Americans call a "beauty mark" on her left cheek, under her mouth, unless th ...

Yes!
tongxin Post time 2013-9-4 21:19:53
Joel replied at 2013-9-4 16:09
I think Ailian has what Americans call a "beauty mark" on her left cheek, under her mouth, unless th ...

The same in Chinese, beauty mark!
conglong Post time 2013-9-5 09:04:35
Joel replied at 2013-9-4 16:09
I think Ailian has what Americans call a "beauty mark" on her left cheek, under her mouth, unless th ...

Now you know at least one difference.
Joel Post time 2013-9-5 09:38:35
What I am really trying to remember is, who is where?
The recent set of pics leads me to believe that most of the web crew is in the fourth branch.
Oh well, ill be there soon enough.
xidai Post time 2013-9-5 12:45:52
Joel replied at 2013-9-5 09:38
What I am really trying to remember is, who is where?
The recent set of pics leads me to believe tha ...

Bingo, you're clever, Grandpa Joel. The crew of all the webs is living in the 4th branch. But you'll meet sister Conglong in the 1st one.
Joel Post time 2013-9-5 13:31:53
Does this mean that you are also back there, or are you still fighting off all those angry villagers in the third branch?
xidai Post time 2013-9-5 14:31:22
Joel replied at 2013-9-5 13:31
Does this mean that you are also back there, or are you still fighting off all those angry villagers ...

You can say so. The problem in the 3 branch is still unsolved. But we won't and never fight. The Greatest Creator takes care of us. Don't worry, be happy.
Joel Post time 2013-9-5 14:45:15
I meant fight with lawyers, not pitchforks.
Wouldn't it be great if they actually give Xuefeng the aount stipulated in the contract for early termination, ten times the original lease? Wow, a HUGE branch in a country with no restrictive entry visas!
xidai Post time 2013-9-6 09:11:54
Joel replied at 2013-9-5 14:45
I meant fight with lawyers, not pitchforks.
Wouldn't it be great if they actually give Xuefeng the a ...
I meant fight with lawyers, not pitchforks.


I know what you mean, Granpa Joel. But we still choose the silent way.
Joel Post time 2013-9-6 11:20:06
Your heart is pure, but I have been told all my life that evil can only happen when good people do nothing to stop it, and what good are contracts if not to preserve that which is fair. I will have 150 spiritual advisors to consult with next month.
Joel Post time 2013-9-6 11:20:24
Edited by Joel at 2013-9-6 00:20

...to help me kill my demons.
xidai Post time 2013-9-6 14:55:39
Joel replied at 2013-9-6 11:20
...to help me kill my demons.

You're so cute, Grandpa Joel. Take it easy, maybe you can give some help at that time, let's wait and see.
aeamcnab Post time 2013-9-19 17:33:23
I am getting mixed up with Ailian, Tongxin & Conglon The smile with the watermelon is so pleasing. I can feel it too... blissful.

Enjoyed reading the experience at Konohana very much and the informative pictures too. Hoping one day Konohana becoming one of 256 branches

BTW, Michiyo wrote to me about GENOA annual meeting and this year they have chosen Malaysia. The dates are 25 Oct - 1 Nov. Unfortunately, I do not know or linked to any communities in my country Here I am reading about her community from my sisters Hopefully, there will be one soon to call Second Home

I am happy, thank you   
xidai Post time 2013-9-20 09:04:00
aeamcnab replied at 2013-9-19 17:33
I am getting mixed up with Ailian, Tongxin & Conglon  The smile with the watermelon is so p ...
I am getting mixed up with Ailian, Tongxin & Conglong

Don't worry, dear. You can see Conglong & Ailian very clearly when visiting the 1st branch.

I hope so but the Greatest Creator arranges all, just follow his will.

Good morning, dear, have a blissful day!




tongxin Post time 2013-9-20 15:08:36
aeamcnab replied at 2013-9-19 17:33
I am getting mixed up with Ailian, Tongxin & Conglon  The smile with the watermelon is so p ...

Hi, sorry for confusing. I believe you'll have the chance to recognize us. We'll attend the GENOA meeting held in Malasia too. Maybe we'll meet some people from the communities of there.
aeamcnab Post time 2013-9-20 16:33:36
Is nice to know you'll visiting Malaysia after our return from 1st Branch visit. Do you know the exact meeting location in Malaysia?

We can talk about this subject when we meet next month.
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