Growing broccoli sprouts

Monday, May 28th, 2012

I’m into growing vegetables these days. However I don’t have enough land for growing. Still, I have learned about the difference between ‘true-bred’ and ‘first filial’ generation and now I feel like eating and growing true-bred vegetables as far as possible. The easy first step can be this small vegetable which can be grown inside of the house. This vegetable can protect our bodies from getting cancers. I can buy sprouts at a supermarket but the ones I grew taste much better. In Japan only one seed shop sells true-bred, but anyone can order seeds from them on the internet.

 

 

First , in the small pot, place a little soil, cotton and water. Then put in some washed seeds. It will take a few days for them to sprout. Until they grow 5 to 10 cm tall, they have to be shaded. When they become tall enough, they are ready to get sunshine. It has been a little cool for this season and it took about a week for them to grow this level.

They are a little small but I added these young fresh vegetables as a garnish.

 

 

 

 

Viewing Mt. Fuji from Kurodake

Monday, May 21st, 2012

I climbed Kurodake with some friends. Kurodake is located in Susono City in Shizuoka Pref. and if the weather permits, it commands a great view of Mt. Fuji from its summit.

Usually this time of the year, mid of May , is too late to have a nice view of Mt. Fuji. However it has been rather cool and we could have great view of Mt. Fuji from the top. Our guide Atsuko has a lot of experience of climbing mountains and she also knows nice spots in this area. Two other ladies have some experience of climbing. Two young American friends are very strong and love outdoor activities. And it was a little difficult for me to keep up with them. We were really lucky to have perfect weather for hiking. Since the trails are surrounded by many trees with young beautiful leaves or evergreen trees, the air is fresh and I didn’t get much suntan. As we admire some seasonal vegetations, flowers and new leaves,

It took about two hours to reach its summit.

One of our purposes to climb this mountain is to worship Mt. Fuji.

Recently some scientists discovered an active fault below Mt. Fuji. I gave thanks and asked Mt. Fuji to keep protecting and supporting our lives, with staying as the most beautiful symbol of Japan.

It’s hard to believe but this highest mountain in Japan used to be in deep ocean long time ago. The earth is ever changing planet and each of our life span is too short to realize it.

   

On top of the mountain we boiled water to make green tea, coffee and cup noodles. I was too lazy to make box lunch for myself but I could enjoy eating others’ delicious lunch! Thank you! it was very nice.

 

I introduce this green tea drip ( not a teabag ) to American friends.

They enjoyed it. Whenever I take his photo, he always makes funny face.

I really like it. And let me introduce this fairy I came across in the mountain. This is Eric’s trip mate.