Summer of 2009, I visited Hokkaido for a volunteer program called WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farm) and spent a week farming. It was my first summer in college, and I wanted to do something adventurous, and I decided to take this rare opportunity.
Up in the north, I met a very nice family who owned an independent vegetable farm. Their everyday life reflected a sustainable living style, which took a while for me to get accustomed to coming from Tokyo, although I had thought I knew about how sustainable living would be like.
Despite the soft struggle, I had an amazing time eating my host mom’s homemade food. She prepared everything using natural ingredients. She also owned a bakery, so the bread she made was deeeelicious! I don’t have a picture of it, but a combination of her bread, fresh butter, and natural honey was SO good — friends I made during the trip, who were also volunteers, and I LOVED it. We definitely had too much of that.
What I have in picture is another one of her great bread with homemade cheese, melted on a heavy frying pan. Also is a picture of her homemade scones.
I had such an amazing experience with them. I now feel like writing a letter (no Internet at their house) to them to see how they’re doing.