ある家族のパーマカルチャー的自然調和への冒険


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Another weekend in the countryside.

Today we went back to Okayama to look at more places. First we went to see a block of land (genya) which was the cheapest we'd seen to date.


It was made up of about 2,500 tsubo at the top end of a small valley. It had obviously been rice fields until several decades ago, but was now well and truly given over to wilderness. It seemed like it was a close second to Sho-o-cho but on reflection it'd take a heap more work just to get the place in a state suitable for planting anything. Sho-o-cho is way closer to a working state than here.
We meet Saiso san from "Archon", another estate agent specializing in traditional Japanese properties. He was very straightforward and showed us around a very nice old house with over 7,500 tsubo of land with it. Sadly, while the house was in pretty good condition, and obviously well built and cared for, it was right in the middle of a hamlet and was totally inaccessible by car. Not only that, but the 1 tan (300m) of rice fields had been farmed in the normal (oil-based fertilizer) way until last year, and it was right in the middle of a strip of similarly farmed paddies. Yet another disappointment was that the bulk of the land was forest, something like 7,000 tsubo of the whole property. Real shame as the price was great and the house itself would have been perfect if it had just been in a different place


The next place was in Hyogo ken, and we met Ashida san from another estate agent, "Slow Life". This one was in even better condition than the first. Once again though, it was in the middle of a block of houses and only accessible by car if you all breathed in and drove veeery slowly. I'm decided at least, I'm not sure that Kazumi is yet though. I don't think we're going to find an old Japanese house with all of the following criteria:
a) enough useful land attached.
b) a price we can afford.
c) of good enough condition to make it worth while.

I'm for a piece of land that we can build something unique and appropriate on. Sho-o-cho is looking better and better the more places we see.
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by guibi | 2010-03-28 02:23 | About Us:私達について

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