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Nashi-Japanese Pears at Ichikawa Garden in Iwata City!

Two generations of Japanese Pear growers: Takeshi and his parents, Toshiyuki and Kumiko Ichikawa/市川、利行、久美子さん!

Nashi/梨/called Japanese Pears, Nashi Pears or Sand Pears and many other names are the fruit of hot summers par excellence!
One has to bite into one of these crunchy and extremely juicy, and absolutely delicious, fruits once to understand why Nashi Pears are also venerated as the true fruits of life!

It was another blinding hot day again yesterday and I was certainly grateful for Takeshi San to come all the way to Toyoda Cho Station and then to take me all the way again to their fields and house!
The same fields are heavily protected by nets for all kinds of obvious natural reasons!

Housui Pears/豊水梨!

The Ichikawas mainly grow two varieties of nashi pear, Housui/豊水 and Kosui/辛水, the former ripening in August and September and the latter in full production right now.
Both are extremely juicy and tasty!

Hosui Pear, still comparatively small.

Kosui Pears/辛水梨!

The Kosui Pears are lighter in color wth a different skin pattern.

Growing nashi pears organically at sea level is practically impossible but all that grass proves that the Ichikiwas use only the strict minimum of pesticides! Actually, they have cut all ties with official “Agriculture Associations” so as to conduct the agriculture they think is right!

A lot of pears fall naturally and they will be included with other natural fertilizer to be mixed with the soil when they till the ground between the trees in winter.

I can assure you it is tough work to keep these orchards clean in their three locations for a total of 40 acres, what with typhoons and other unpredictable weather conditions!

For all the hard work harvesting lettuces in winter, corn in spring, pears in summer and rice in autumn, they never stop smiling!

The crop of the day!

A lot of manual and mechanical work involved!

Takeshi’s father started his orchards 30 years ago and gradually replacing all these trees takes time and care.
The above have a difference of more than 25 years! The old one is actually about to collapse!

The orchards have to be protected not only with nets against birds but also with electric wires against civets!

Takeshi san took me to another field where new trees had been planted 5 years ago and bore their first commercial crop!
A lot of investment is involved there!

These new branches will be bent down into a canopy at head level for better reach and control!

These are actually a new variety called nikkori/にっこり that matures as late as October!

You will not find the Ichikawas’ pears in any shop as they sell them only directly at their orchards or from personal order!
Even so they have a hard time satisfying all the demand. A proof of the extravagant quality!

Already all packed and ready to go!
Don’t worry, I managed to get mine!
Actually I can help you get them personally!

As any farmers worth their salt, the Ichikawas grow all kinds of vegetables for their own use and extra earnings!
I took a big batch of those beautiful okra back home!

To be continued…

ICHIKAWA GARDEN
Takeshi Ichikawa/Chouchou Farm
438-0804 Shizuoka Ken, Iwata Shi, Kamo, 200
静岡県磐田市加茂200
Tel/Fax: 0538-34-0629
Mobile: 080-1614-2271

Lettuce: October~April
Corn: June~July (May for greenhouse)
Japanese pears/nashi: August~September
Rice: Middle of September
Other vegetables (please call for more information!)
Private orders welcome!

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Shizuoka Agriculture New Generation: Takeshi Ichikawa!

Takeshi Ichikawa/市川武史 (22 years old!)

The Western part of Shizuoka Prefecture is also called the greatest garden of Japan by many for good reasons.
Not so much for the quantity but for the extravagant quality and abundance of varieties!
A lot of devoted farmers and cooperating researchers from all fields have contributed to this amply justified reputation, but all this work would have come to nought without an emerging new generation, the more for it that the previous generation was practically lost to the lure of towns and desk jobs.

Takeshi Ichikawa and one of his clients, Chef Hiroyuki Adachi/足立久幸 at Harmony!

Fortunately times have changed, and with the advent of the Internet more young people are attracted to a healthier life, however physically strenuous it might prove.
That is why more and more young men and women like Takeshi Ichikawa, instead of wasting time at universities where students are increasingly losing their goals, prefer to learn and study through real experience and enjoy the joys of true social life with their peers and customers.

Takeshi Ichikawa ‘s outdoors corn fields!

Takeshi Ichikawa, after graduating from Iwata Prefceture Agriculture High School, decided neither to continue school or succeed to his father as a Nashi/Japanese pear producer, but to start his own corn and lettuce cultivation. At the age of 22 he already has 5 years of experience and is still learning fast!
It was never easy, especially considering the resistance of older generations to changes. He has been trying for some time to encourage young farmers like him to venture into new types of culture including poly-culture. He told me that still too few are allowed by their families to move that step forward…

That crow has become a real scarecrow!

But Takeshi has stayed humble all the time. He fully realizes he still has lots to learn. He couldn’t believe me when I told him crows are found all over the world!

These corn ears in the outdoors fields will soon be harvested!

Greenhouse corn

Takeshi grows two varieties of corn, kankan Musume and SKA 318, both Japanese hybrids, both in greenhouses and outdoors for a longer harvesting season.
This means very few holidays during the year. Fortunately for him his school sweetheart has become his wife and she has become the true half of their farming team.
I was invited inside their home and I can tell you these two are really young at heart and certainly more modern and world-conscious than many people of their age!

That is what I call real corn!

Takeshi is appalled at the idea that some people use gene-modified corn and will replant corn only from his own crop!
These kankan musume corn are a real beauty not only in shape and color but in taste.
I tasted them both raw (juicy and so sweet!) and cooked. No wonder they fetch a good price on the market!

Takeshi does not rest on his laurels and grows other vegetables like Qing geng cai (Green pak choi) to answer market demands and his own consumption.

They certainly look appetizing, but once again it looks like a lot of work!

His education at a top-class agricultural high school is paying off as he is conducting his own experiments on potential crops!

But this does not mean he is rejecting his own roots: he grows his own rice!

I told him it reminded me of an English lawn!

Now, Takeshi’s father is a renown grower of nashi/Japanese pears with fields dispersed all over the city!
A proof that his kosui/幸水 and hosui/豊水 are popular is that he sells them exclusively on a direct-sale basis!

These trees are 30 years old!

These fruits need constant pruning, a back-breaking and neck-twisting work if there is one!

These fruit will be ripe next August!
I do not need telling you when I’m paying my next visit to Takeshi! (and his father!)

Takeshi Ichikawa/Chouchou Farm
438-0804 Shizuoka Ken, Iwata Shi, Kamo, 200
静岡県磐田市加茂200
Tel/Fax: 0538-34-0629
Mobile: 080-1614-2271

Lettuce: October~April
Corn: June~July (May for greenhouse)
Japanese pears/nashi: August~September
Rice: Middle of September
Other vegetables (please call for more information!)
Private orders welcome!

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