Takayama Rice Planting Event & Matcha Tea Time

NAIST and Ikoma City have organized this special event to experience traditional culture that is directly related to the historic Takayama area. In the first part of the event, students will plant rice seedlings along with Ikoma citizens. This will be in rice paddies, so be prepared to get a little wet or dirty and enjoy the sun and water, and the mud!

Afterwards, we will move to the Takayama Chikurin-en, which has a tea room, divide into 2 groups, and relax and enjoy some tea and a Japanese treat. (Takayama Chikurin-en is a locally run museum and garden that introduces tea and tea whisk culture and history.)

Rice planting by hand is rare so please take advantage of this event to experience firsthand how rice used to be produced. In the fall, we hope to hold a harvest event as well if all goes well!

< Event information >
Participants: Limited to 20 from NAIST
Date and time: June 4th, 2022 (9:30-12:05)
Location: Meet at Takayama Chikurin-en
*From Gakken Kita Ikoma Sta., take a bus bound for Shoda/Houji (庄田・傍示), get off at Kamiogita (上大北), and walk about 5 mins from the bus stop.
Cost: 500 yen (for tea and Japanese treat)

< Schedule >
9:30 Meet at Takayama Chikurin-en
9:45 Walk to rice paddy and get ready
10:00 Plant rice seedlings
10:50 Finish planting, clean up and change clothes (if necessary)
11:20 Gather at Takayama Chikurinen again
11:30 Matcha Tea making (group 1)
11:50 Matcha Tea making (group 2)

< What to bring >
Long socks you can wear in the rice paddy (to protect your feet), small towel, drink, change of clothes (just in case), etc.

Please register here by May 20th More information will be sent to you before the event

For inquiries: CISS at ciss[at]ad.naist.jp or 0743-72-6240

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