Archive for April, 2008


Hello world! Welcome to my Japanese Garden blog!

Hello all! The name “Japanese Garden” is a bit of a misnomer; for want of a better title I used it. It should have been “an amateur gardener’s vegetable garden in Japan” but that’s too long.

I intend to post articles and photographs of vegetables that I grow in my small vegetable patch in my garden in Kisarazu city, Japan. I am a freelance technical translator by profession and in my spare time, I grow an assortment of vegetables during the warm weather in Japan. These include tomato, cucumber, okura, beans, bitter gourd, eggplant (brinjal is the name in India), brocolli, cabbage, sunny lettuce and so on.

I learned to grow vegetables during my two-year stay in the beautiful countryside, in a small village called Hisakata, about 20 km off Chichibu, in Saitama Prefecture; a wonderful place surrounded my mountains and a clean gurgling stream just near my house. The villagers were surprised to see a foreigner turn up in their midst, but welcomed me with great love and affection, and taught me how to prepare the soil, grow seedlings, maintain the plants and harvest vegetables. After I moved out of this heavenly place to Kisarazu City in Chiba Prefecture, I continued to grow vegetables but in a small garden patch. This blog is meant to give amateur or would-be gardeners some information on growing vegetables in a garden patch.

The joy and pleasure that I have derived in growing, harvesting and consuming fresh, organically grown vegetables have no bounds. I do hope that this blog will encourage at least some people to try out their hands at growing vegetables and experience a little bit of the pleasure that I have gained.

Happy gardening!


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