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  • Good morning guys!

  • Today we are here with Mr. Kuramochi-san!

  • Hello!

  • And we are at Kuramochi Strawberry Farms

  • where we're going to be picking some fresh strawberries

  • and then we're going to be making some ichigo daifuku with them!

  • Which is a Japanese treat!

  • Which is fresh mochi, with a strawberry inside

  • It's super delicious, it's gonna be amazing!

  • And today Natalia is helping us out with translation

  • Hello!

  • Just so you guys can see that even if you don't speak a word of Japanese

  • that okay, because there will always be a translator around to help out

  • Let's get started, I cannot wait!

  • Today is quite warm, so I think the strawberries

  • in the shade will be more delicious

  • Maybe around here?

  • This area here?

  • Yeah I think around here is good

  • These ones look nice!

  • These ones are small, but I think they'll be tasty

  • Put your fingers around like this

  • And don't pull it, but

  • take them off like this

  • Take it with your two fingers but not pull

  • And twist up

  • Oh wow! You're good!

  • You're a natural!

  • Here's our first strawberry of the day

  • Shall we try it?

  • Itadakimasu! (said before eating)

  • Yum!

  • Tasty, so tasty!

  • They're so sweet, and juicy

  • Yeah!

  • Kuramochi-san found some good strawberries

  • Wow! Nice find!

  • The shape is bad but they'll taste good I think

  • Not so beautiful but it's gonna taste good!

  • So big

  • There, yeah

  • They come off so easily when you pick them like that!

  • Oh yeah, I wanted to ask him

  • One time I did ichigo-kari

  • and they said: take off the green part

  • and eat it from this way

  • instead of from this side

  • which one is better?

  • Yeah they say that eating it that way is delicious

  • But I think you can eat them however you like!

  • Kuramochi-san told me that

  • You can eat it like this by taking off the green part

  • and eating it from the top instead of from the bottom first

  • And he said that's a delicious way to eat them

  • However you can eat them however you like and that's fine as well

  • So they have two kinds of strawberries here

  • The ones on the lower level are called akihime

  • and these ones are called benihoppe

  • Apparently the lower level strawberries are slightly sweeter

  • But they're all really delicious!

  • Ooo what about this one?

  • This one looks nice

  • Yeah!

  • I think that one's ready! Yeah looks good.

  • Is it the same taste?

  • So good

  • Same taste?

  • No, it is different

  • They're both really sweet, the lower ones are sweeter

  • And something about the upper ones tastes like apples to me

  • I don't know why

  • So Kuramochi-san told us that the strawberries with the pink flowers

  • which seem to be kind of rare, we've only seen a few plants

  • in this greenhouse that have pink flowers

  • He told us that those are the most delicious ones

  • So let's try them

  • I have located a pink flowered plant

  • So let's find a strawberry on here

  • Maybe this little one?

  • This one is pretty small but I think we'll be able to tell the flavour still

  • Something about it tastes like tea

  • Mmm it's really good yeah

  • Okay those ones are good, he was right

  • He's definitely right

  • Just cause it's pretty

  • These ones are pink right?

  • Maybe this one?

  • You gotta try some! It's so different!

  • Without these honey bees

  • they wouldn't become nicely shaped strawberries

  • The strawberries that are poorly shaped

  • are that way because they weren't properly pollinated

  • Oh no way! I didn't know that

  • That's so interesting

  • Look here

  • Come on bees! Do your job!

  • When this yellow part is properly pollinated

  • it will become brown

  • and we'll end up with nicely shaped strawberries

  • Since we're going to be making some strawberry daifuku later

  • We need to find some good strawberries

  • Nice shape, nice colour, nice size

  • So let's look for those ones now

  • We made a pretty big one, and we want it to be kinda roundish

  • So that it'll look nice when it's covered in the mochi

  • Ooo what about this one?

  • Aw maybe it's not red enough

  • Close... close...

  • Ooo yeah

  • Nice work

  • It's time to start the mochi pounding

  • I've got the kine, and the usu

  • And this is where the mochi rice is gonna go

  • Which they are cooking right behind us over here

  • It's so good guys

  • This is so much better than regular rice

  • It's chewy and sweet

  • and it's gonna make the best daifuku ever!

  • Only 30 more minutes of this

  • Oh my god

  • You are a strong woman, remember!

  • It's looking good, It's getting there!

  • The hardest part is over, we're done the mochi pounding

  • and now we're gonna take the mochi and make our daifuku!

  • Get some water on your hands

  • It's not as beautiful as the ones in the store

  • But it'll taste good!

  • Not bad! It's pretty round.

  • We have finished our daifuku!

  • They're not as beautiful as the ones you see in the supermarket

  • but the ingredients are the same, so they should be really good

  • This one we put kinako powder on, that is optional - it's totally up to you

  • That's a powder made out of soybeans

  • It's really delicious, you see it in lots of Japanese desserts

  • I'm gonna try that one first

  • Let's get my fingers a little wet because these are super sticky

  • Itadakimasu!

  • It's so chewy

  • The mochi is still warm

  • It's really hard to talk with it in my mouth

  • The fresh, sweet strawberries in the middle

  • are such a good balance to the simple taste of the mochi

  • and the kinako powder actually gives it a slight salty taste which is nice!

  • I had a blast today, I hope you guys enjoyed that!

  • If you would like to participate in this strawberry picking

  • and ichigo daifuku making adventure yourselves

  • I will put the link down below where you can sign up!

  • We are in Kashiwa city today, which is about a 30 minute train ride from Tokyo Station

  • Thank you for watching, and I'll see you guys again soon!

Good morning guys!

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A Day on a Japanese Strawberry Farm

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    Tatsuki Higashiura posted on 2017/04/02
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