We started doing the sorting of green onions after the harvesting. This involved trimming the green onions through a machine, shaking the liquid from them, and sorting into boxes. It was tough at times because the cut onions stung my eyes a lot.
In the evening we went briefly to a local festival or “matsuri”. Festivals in Japan can have various themes and parades, but basic ones like this consist of various food stalls, traditional music and games (usually for kids). One of these games famous in Japan is fishing for guppies using a paper “net” of sorts. You can take as many fish as you like until the paper breaks. You can then take the fish home if you choose, or return them to receive a small prize. My employer Gun-san caught about 10 guppies to bring home to their fish tank! He must have practiced a lot as a kid…
Gun-san’s mother was leaving for a trip to Tokyo the next day with her grandchildren, so for the final meal she organised a yakisoba and okomiyaki party (I had told her these were my favourite Japanese foods). We cooked the food on a portable frying element on the table, and extended family were invited to join us.
I finished my work on the green onion farm and headed back to Hachirogata. Gun-san’s family kindly invited me to return to visit in the future.