Yoshikazu Kawaguchi’s Natural Farm

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Kaori and Maki at Yoshikazu Kawaguchi's natural rice field in Sakurai, Japan (photo: P.M. Lydon)
Yoshikazu Kawaguchi with Kaori, Maki, and myself at Kawaguchi's home in Sakurai, Japan (photo: P.M. Lydon)
Yoshikazu Kawaguchi with Kaori, Maki, and myself at Kawaguchi’s home in Sakurai, Japan (photo: P.M. Lydon)

In our second visit to Kawaguchi’s home farm — the first was in May of this year — we enjoyed tea and a more informal chat than on our previous visit.

Lately, Kawaguchi-san has spent his mornings working on finishing a book, and although he has written and published many well-read books, he says this is the first time that a major publisher in Japan has courted him.

In the developed world in general, and in Japan especially, there is a surge of interest recently in this kind of farming, this lifestyle, and perhaps most of all, this simple understanding that Kawaguchi and other natural agriculturists hold of how we might live life without excess, with respect for our natural surroundings, and ultimately with great happiness. The feeling of standing in these fields is really not explainable… but hopefully it is something that can be closely reproduced in the upcoming documentary film.

One of the gardens at Yoshikazu Kawaguchi's farm in Sakurai, Japan (photo: P.M. Lydon)
One of the natural gardens at Yoshikazu Kawaguchi’s farm in Sakurai, Japan (photo: P.M. Lydon)

I’ll leave you with a few photos from Kawaguchi’s garden and rice field, natural land so full of life that in some areas it’s like a little jungle more than a farm!

 

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