I am an avid amateur gardener and live in Kisarazu City, Japan, on the other side of Tokyo Bay as Tokyo. I have a very small garden that I try to use fully. I am making use of my own version of the “square-foot garden.” I enjoy growing and eating the vegetables I grow. I welcome comments from fellow gardeners.

I am a professional technical translator and  ex-naval architect. I enjoy swimming and participate in Masters’ swim meets in Japan.  I also do Yoga everyday. Happy gardening!

My other blogs are work-related: 1) Transtech Inc.                                                         2) Translator’s Tools

10 Responses to “About”

  1. November 18, 2008 at 2:57 am



    I’m an English gardener. Like you one of my favourite things to do is grow vegetables. I’ve recently become very interested in Japanese varieties of vegetables.

    I am hoping next year to come to Japan to study how you grow vegetables, to see examples of small urban vegetables gardens and find out more about Japanese varieties, particularly heirloom vegetables. I have never been to Japan and was wondering if you could offer any advise on where to travel, whether there are certain regions which specialise in vegetable growing or particular gardens that I should visit. I realise that this is a large topic, but any advise, even weblinks would be most gratefully received.
    I have enjoyed reading your blog immensely.
    your sincerely
    Alys Fowler

  2. April 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I am very impressed by your vegetable garden. I would love to be able to grow veggies but unfortunately we have deer and groundhogs, and they eat them all so I have to rely on Farmer’s Markets and other gardeners.

  3. July 21, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Hi there — new blotanic here. How big IS your garden? Also started a plumaria indoors this spring, planted it out in April and waited months for leaves, thinking nothing would happen — then BAM. It took off . No flowers yet but I’m told they’re very late in northernish climates, so i have hope.

    • July 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Sorry for the very late reply, Stephanie. I generally read the comments on the blog; very few persons post in the About section. Plumeria will shed all its leaves in winter here in Japan and go to sleep. I generally take the plant inside the house in winter, do nothing, and start watering when spring arrives. The leaves come up after spring. I presume you are in the US and winters are cold. Hope you are getting flowers now. My plumeria is still small and I will soon transplant it to a bigger one. Have a nice day!

  4. 5 dimples
    July 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Hi! I was just wondering if the dahlia imperialis posted in your blog was yours? And if it’s not too much trouble, I’d like to know where you bought it, thanks!

    • July 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Hi, I got a few cuttings of the stem from a friendly neighbor and planted the same in my garden. You need to dry the cuttings first for a week and bury them horizontally about 50 cm into the soil. Worked fine for me. Have a nice day!

  5. 7 Meenu Vasan
    April 19, 2014 at 1:35 am

    gururajr San,

    I am Meenu, residing in Chennai. Today, I accidently saw your blog. And was mesmerized by it. I am also a nature lover, a painter, a mother of 2 growing kids, a software tech and a Japanese Translator working in a Japanese Software Co. as a translator and Co-ordinator. I am growing plants in pots on my terrace, as I am living in a flat. Around 100 flowering, cacti etc. which can withstand the heat of Chennai.

    I am basically from Jaipur, Rajasthan. But because of my hubby’s job, lives in Chennai.

    I would like to become a friend of yours.

    You are not just a gardener, but a true nature loving person like me.

    Do reply


    • May 9, 2014 at 2:54 am

      Hi Meenu,
      Thanks for your nice comments – pleased to meet you. Growing a 100 plants in your house is a commendable job! Keep it up and post your photos in a blog. I just returned to Japan (two months ago) from Bangalore, and have started growing quite a few vegetables and flowers in the limited space I have in my garden. Watch out for a new post in the blog soon.
      Have a great day!

  6. 9 ioannis
    June 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    hello !!! and greetings from Greece !!!

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