I'm putting a destination Cafe/Organic Farm and Guesthouse together on Etajima, an island near Hiroshima. My partner and I have a 100 YO Japanese Farm house. There's scarce farming to do right now.. just getting soil prepared and putting some winter wheat as well as garlic/onions in. There is a lot of construction to be done. I am experienced in a wide range of building techniques.
The following projects are underway: Building charcoal retort, laying concrete for workshop, walks and drainage system, building drainage system and regrading property/moisture remediation, building rocket mass system, building new bath area/minigreenhouse, building workshop...
These are in the planning stages: New kitchen, Composting toilet system (simple concrete double chamber), Electrical rewiring, Structural building repairs, replumb. lighting, build woodoven for breads/meats, build outdoor heated pool. There's more but you get the idea. Skills are nice but it doesn't matter as long as you want to learn and aren't afraid to get dirty.
I love cooking with fire and make fantastic fire-roasted meats, pizzas, ferments and the art of traditional bread making (I started a new sourdough just before I typed this). My partner is Japanese and can teach you Japanese things. If you want to find a way to be in Japan and want to learn some of this stuff (and not blow a ton of cash) connect with me. Between us we can speak English, Japanese and workable Spanish. Eventually interested people can get various positions here doing foods and farming.
I recognize that your message was posted one year ago, but I am interested to know if you are still needing help with your Cafe and Organic Farm? I am making plans to go to Japan this winter, have just finished a PDC where I am currently living in Oregon, and am eager to find a way to travel through Japan while applying my interests in gardening, permaculture, and natural building. My experiences with building stem from time spent in Taos, NM, building earth-ships, and through various wwoofing and farming internships. To be honest, I still consider myself inexperienced with many basic building techniques, but I want to learn, and am not afraid to get dirty, haha. I would be excited about helping with many of the projects you have listed, provided they are still in the works.
I also have an interest to improve my Japanese language skills, which I suppose may be obvious from my contacting you. I would like to visit a friend in Nagasaki, and possibly visit some friends in Osaka, this December, whilst farming, learning, and traveling on a low budget. I hope to acquire a better grasp of the language before seeing them.
Please let me know if there is a way of sharing more of my work experience, and contacting you further about the possibility of helping on your farm.
A long-time friend of mine lived in Japan for about 15 years with a work visa, and had to return to the States when Trump issued the hiring freeze, and his contract couldn't be renewed. So he's saving up to return now that the freeze is over, and this might be something he could do. Assuming there is still a need?
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