Learning Agricultural Skills at an Early Age at Shizuoka City Ryunan Primary School

From time to time I go coaching the game of cricket in some local primary schools in Shizuoka City.
It is a good break from everything and keeps my feet on the ground.
Ryunan Primary School is fairly big by Japanese standards, but it is just located between the city itself and the nearby mountains/country. The kids are definitely city kids, but with a country nuance.

Many primary schools, contrary to establishments in the large metropolises, in Shizuoka have a “garden” where pupils learn the basic skills of growing vegetables and flowers, be they boys or girls.

The kids will be waiting impatiently for the winter when they can eat these “satsuma imo/sweet potatoes”, especially grilled!

Shizuoka is celebrated for it tomatoes and it shows!
All the pots bear a name plate of each individual pupil.

Red shiso: makes for some great juice in summer!

Cucumbers still at the flower stage.

Flowers, flowers,… All varieties of “Asagao/Japanese Morning Glory”!

For a closer look!

Soory, I forgot to check the name!
Does anyone know?

Now, what are these/ Look at the next pic!

Edamame! (green soy beans!)

I actually taught the kids how to “twist and pinch them out”!

Now, what kind of kid can grow such a strangely shaped cucumber?

Now, I’m afraid this cucumber was abandoned by its owner!

Green peppers!
Well, one way to have kids eat vegetables is having them grow heir own food!

Look at my okra! Look at my okra!

And look at my tomatoes!

Look at mine, too! look at mine, too!
Alright, alright! Stand together and show them to me together!
Sweet kids….

Took a last picture before taking my leave:
Beautiful flowers! What might be their name?
Can you read the name of the school on the pot?
The “Running Mount Fuji” is the mascot of Shizuoka Prefecture!

I might do well to check on the next primary school tomorrow!

NOTE: I didn’t take pics of children as the Japanese law does not allow to show kids’ faces (especially inside a school) without a previous written agreement from their parents.

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16 thoughts on “Learning Agricultural Skills at an Early Age at Shizuoka City Ryunan Primary School”

  1. The last picture, the orange flowers, I know as tagetes (marigolds). Used in organic cultivation against pests and weeds. In Brazil they have a peculiar name: cravo de defunto, that means carnations (flowers) to the deads.


    1. LOL
      Dear Amilcar!
      Thank you so much!
      In France we have a great, tasty and perfectly safe mushroom called “trompette de la mort/Trumet of the death”!
      Always appreciate your comments!
      Do you have a blog?
      best regards,


  2. You forgot to check the name? That’s cannabis, Bob! Anyway, I’m glad to see that you’re back in school.


      1. Wrong? The school’s name is on the cannabis, Bob! This brings to mind a famous Confucian saying: “Man who stand on toilet, high on pot”.


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