Start of 5 day stint on a farm, owned by the Dragon Spring Temple monk`s wife`s father. 幸 Happiness Farm. Lies on the dark, volcanic slopes of Mount Zao. Overlooking another old castle town, Kaminoyama.
At night, outline of a black wall of mountains and town lights twinkling below.
The farmer is 72 years old, the farm just 12 years old. He started the farm – and took up farming at 60 after retiring from High School teaching. He sleeps above the stables. On a tatami-mat floor. As I will in the room across from him.
Farm also has a horse-riding club. 6 horses. My job is to clean out their horseshit in the morning. And wrap grapes in the greenhouse in the afternoon.
I can hear the horses banging about below me. Cleanout starts at first light.
I hope they don`t snore.