Trackback to... [Kamikatsu days -part 1-[13th March]
On 4th to 6th March, it happened "Working Holiday of Kamikatsu town" in Kamikatsu
, Tokushima. Then I went there and took part in it.
At 1pm on 4th, Noriko's mother drove me to the meeting place. We got there a little bit late. But no worries. There was not Tokyo.
I went into the large room. The meeting had already started. There were many old people (maybe seventies or eighties) and young people (maybe twenties) in the room.
We listend the explanation for a while. There were seven kinds of work places. Then, we decided that by "janken" (rock-paper-scissors). Finally, it was decided that I stay and work at the Watanabe family.
Well, I worked with another man who from Tokushima city. His name is Naoyuki, and 29. After the meeting, we moved to the house of Watanabe. Mr. Watanabe drove us. He lives with his wife, Mrs. Atsuko. They have two daughters but both of them had gone to a city.
That was why we spent for the 3 days by those 4 members.
As soon as we arrived there, we began to work. First, we chopped wood. Actually, the most of our work was wood chopping. We do that also next day and the day after too. Because they really need firewood to live. Their life looked nearly self-sufficiency. The house stands in a mountain.
By the way, it was a bit difficult to chop wood for us at first. Then, Mr. Gufu showed us how to chop wood well. Well, Mr. Watanabe is called Gufu-san. He has another last name but he makes himself known to people as "Gufudo". Maybe he made the name for his work. He is a ceramicist.
Well, Naoyuki and I chopped and chopped and chopped wood until dark. Actually, we really enjoyed it. It was fresh work for us. Mr. Gufu said to me,
"Your chopping is very powerful."
"Well, acutually I train myself", I said.
"Oh, I see. But please be careful. Whenever you feel tired, you can stop working", Mr. Gufu said.
Naoyuki called me "swordsman". He said that my shopping looked like a swordman to swing down a sword.
When it was getting dark, we became to miss chopping. Then we decided to finish working. Then, Mr. Gufu caught a phone call from the town office. Then, all other people had already finished working. Mr. Gufu said,
"Ahh, maybe the town officer thought that I was a strict supervisor."
Although he said that as just kidding but I thought he was a bit natural worrier.
At the dinner time, Mrs. Atsuko cooked wondeful dishes. By the way, they are vegetarians.
To be continued...