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  • - [Micaela] Are you ready to go for a walk?

  • So it's been over a week since we packed up and headed South

  • to the small town of Aya, in Miyazaki prefecture.

  • Honestly I was a little worried

  • about adjusting to life here.

  • But you know what?

  • I think we're starting to get the hang of it.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Oh my god.

  • You're all wet, oh no.

  • So this morning, we got up early.

  • Super early for me because I'm not a morning person at all.

  • But we're in the car and we're going to the mountains.

  • And I'm really excited because I don't have a car

  • and I can't really get to any of these places

  • unless nice people help and offer to drive me.

  • So I appreciate it.

  • So today is the day of the Ume Matsuri,

  • a small festival held in the mountains

  • every year when the plum blossoms start to bloom.

  • I'm so out of shape but at the end of this trail,

  • there's supposed to be some ume blossoms in full bloom.

  • So.

  • That's why. (panting)

  • Hopefully it's worth the struggle.

  • After a short hike we arrived at the clearing

  • filled with plum blossom trees and it wasn't long

  • before other hikers began to join us there as well.

  • For 1000 yen or $10 you could buy a meal ticket

  • that you can later exchange for lunch.

  • I mean besides the obvious hazards,

  • why don't we have these in regular homes?

  • How cool would it be to just like grill your food

  • inside the floor

  • and like sit around and eat.

  • - Mm that's good chicken.

  • - There's a great sense of community here in this kitchen

  • and everyone has an important role to play

  • as more and more people gather outside

  • for the spring festival.

  • Oh my god how lucky are we.

  • Fresh kakiage, tempura.

  • Itadakimasu.

  • So this is tempura made from all fresh Aya farmed products.

  • Organic, organic, they're all organic too.

  • And the vegetables, are just,

  • they're crunchy, they're hot and they're sweet.

  • They have this really natural sweetness to them.

  • Mm this is so good.

  • While lunch is being prepared in the kitchen,

  • festival goers are enjoying live,

  • traditional Japanese music.

  • Played underneath the almost blossoming plum trees.

  • (flute music)

  • The shakuhachi, a Japanese flute, tells the story.

  • While the koto, the string instrument,

  • skillfully creates the atmosphere.

  • (traditional music)

  • - This is what sheet music for a koto looks like.

  • It's crazy.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • Oh my god, I don't understand it at all.

  • I'm learning.

  • (plays instrument)

  • (claps)

  • It's actually pretty fun.

  • Just before eating lunch, everyone heads up to the shrine

  • for a quick prayer, a greeting and a thank you to the gods.

  • (upbeat music)

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - I feel so lucky to be able to eat like this.

  • We've got tonjiru which is a pork miso soup.

  • It's full of vegetables.

  • We've got onigiri, some tempura, some tsukemono,

  • some chicken.

  • All in this beautiful bamboo plate.

  • An orange, some tofu that we were just stirring

  • a minute ago and some amazake.

  • All of this for 1000 yen.

  • This is better than restaurant quality, I'm pretty sure.

  • The town of Aya is very proud of its organic agriculture.

  • Which is done with deep respect to the natural ecosystems

  • in the area.

  • Everyone plays their part in the community,

  • creating a town that's able to provide healthy fruits

  • and vegetables to its people.

  • The result is healthier residents who then have

  • an even deeper respect and awareness for the environment.

  • Alright guys it's very late at night, I've got my camera,

  • the Lumix G7 and the G7X.

  • We're gonna try and see if we can take a timelapse

  • of the starry sky.

  • I've never taken a night time timelapse before

  • but I did read your comments and I know

  • that you guys were interested,

  • some of you were interested in seeing the starry sky.

  • So here goes.

  • To find a good spot.

  • That looks cool.

  • I think I got it you guys.

  • This was my first time taking a timelapse (at night)

  • so, I'm not really sure if I did it right.

  • But, luckily I'll be in Aya for a while still,

  • So, I'll have lots of time to practice.

  • I wanted to let you know

  • that we are planning a meetup in March right here in Aya.

  • Come hang out and sample some of the organic produce

  • with me.

  • I'll let you know the details about that in the next video

  • so make sure you're subscribed

  • if you're interested in knowing more

  • about the Japanese countryside.

  • See ya! (upbeat music)

- [Micaela] Are you ready to go for a walk?

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JOINING THE LOCALS |宮崎県綾町での田舎暮らし体験

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