Hiroko Kono, agricultural internship student at Hokuryu Town in 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Hokuryu Town has been accepting trainees for agricultural experience since July 20 (Mon.). The trainee this time is Hiroko Kono (38 years old).

The host farmers will start with Watanabe Farm (melon grower, Mr. Yasunori Watanabe) and will continue for two months until mid-September with six farmers (melons, watermelons, flowers, tomatoes, etc.). We interviewed Hiroko Kono.

Hiroko Kono, trainee


Hiroko Kono is 38 years old, born in 1982. She was born in Magashira-cho, Nasu-gun, Tochigi Prefecture (now merged with Ogawa-cho, Nakagawa-cho).

Hiroko Kono, trainee

He lived in Tochigi Prefecture until high school and studied at a university in Tokyo. After graduating from university, he returned to Tochigi Prefecture and worked for ALSOK Kita Kanto Sohgo Security Services Co. for 5 years in sales, administration, etc.

She has worked in sales at a cereal handmade specialty store, and as an on-site administrative assistant at a company that provides corporate training programs.

About 8 years ago, she encountered aroma healing, studied it as a hobby for 4-5 years, and started her own business as a therapist 3 years ago. Currently, she runs her own aroma healing therapy salon.

Meeting with Hokuryu Town

I was interested in agriculture, so I did an Internet search and came across Hokuryu Town, which offers hands-on agricultural training.

We chose the town of Hokuryu because it was a very good environment for receiving us. When I applied for agricultural training, they immediately accepted me. Since I value the "now" moment myself, I quickly made up my mind and took action.

I have visited various parts of Hokkaido (Sapporo, Wakkanai, Hakodate, Furano, Kushiro, etc.) on my travels. Among them, I feel that Hokuryu Town is very similar to the natural environment of Tochigi, my birthplace.

I love nature, so I am excited to be in nature and experience farming through this agricultural training," says Hiroko Kono.

Hokuryu town is a crazy nice town!

Hokuryu Town is a very nice town! The people are nice, the nature is nice, and just being here is relaxing.

In the future, I would like to be able to grow my favorite tomatoes and cucumbers.

By the end of my internship, I would like to draw a picture of my life. I would like to take my time to reflect on myself and enjoy the time I have alone to think about it," said Ms. Kono with a beautiful smile.

Farming Scenery

Practical training in melon shipping operation with Mr. Kaneda, a senior staff member (at Watanabe Farm).

Under the guidance of senior Kanada-san!
Practical training in packing melon boxes!

Mr. Yasunori Watanabe, Sunflower melon producer

Mr. Yasunori Watanabe, Meiro producer

We cherish our wonderful relationship with you!

I hope that through the agricultural training, they will be able to feel something that they have never felt before. I feel that it is a good opportunity for us to have a connection with Hokuryu Town in the large island of Hokkaido, and I would be grateful if we can connect this relationship to something wonderful.

I hope that through the agricultural experience in Hokuryu Town, you will receive and feel the good and bad parts of the town in its entirety and tell people around you, "This is what kind of place Hokuryu Town is! I hope you will tell people around you, "This is what kind of place Hokuryu Town is!

When women visit a farmhouse to experience agriculture, it is with strong aspirations, and I want to do my best to respond to those aspirations as much as possible," added Mr. Watanabe, with reassuring words.

Erisa Kanada, senior

I hope you will take the time to enjoy your farming experience in Hokuryu Town. I don't know how Hiroko's life will unfold, but I hope that her life will always be one where she can enjoy every moment of it.
Above all, I would be happy if you come to like Hokuryu Town.

Erisa Kanada

The town of Hokuryu, with its abundance of sunshine, fertile land, clear water, and refreshing breezes, is a place where you can enjoy the beauty of the world.
We are grateful for the unlimited love, gratitude, and prayers for the farmers' sincere and peaceful hearts in the rich nature of Hokuryu Agricultural Experience Training.

Hokuryu Sunflower Melon, a perfectly ripe melon for hospitality

Ripe melons!
Healed by the great nature of Hokuryu Town.

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