Learning Agricultural Skills From An Early Age

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 kind can grow such a strangely shaped cucumber?

Now, I’m afraid this cucumber was abandonned 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 bfore 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.

6 thoughts on “Learning Agricultural Skills From An Early Age”

  1. Thank you for your blog posts! I have very much enjoyed reading them. Your expat perspective on living in Japan is so different from the usual English teacher ones.

    As a gardener, I am very interested in the plastic pots used for plants in this post. They look very unusual, especially with the attached water bottle. Is that some sort of self-watering system?


  2. We call that flower “balsam” here in the states. It was one of the first flowers my grandma taught me to plant when I was little. They had funny seed pods you could pop when you squeezed them.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge of Japanese cuisine and all the information about your wonderful prefecture. You are a true locavore 🙂


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