How to Travel Japan On A $40 Budget – Day 21 WWOOF 6/10

Where are we today in Japan?


Keihoku, Japan. It’s Tuesday, October 30, 2018 and we’re really in the heart of Autumn.

We extended our WWOOFing stay two more days with our host's generous offer.

Originally, we were going to spend a week out here, leaving on Friday; instead, we will head out Sunday morning.

What did we do today WWOOFing in Japan?

We removed hundreds of weeds from plant beds


The soil in Japan is so rich that weeds grow everywhere. It's difficult to locate the source of all the weeds, but we gave it our best shot, carefully digging around the plant beds and discarding the residue. Everything on an organic farm is done through good, old-fashioned hard work. No chemicals here!

We've been making some real progress and learning how to do it more effectively this coming week. We've definitely honed in on our skills and see how we can apply them for future use in a garden or greenhouse. Along with the weeding, we removed three black plastic sheet coverings over the plant beds in preparation for winter.

There is a lot of work to be done, and we're pushing right through it all. More eggplant beds were scrapped, weeded, and prepared for tilling by a machine. All the excess was either burned or used as compost for later.

We used our lunch break to create content for Polywander


Considering we work from 0800 until sunset, then prepare the fire for the bath, eat dinner, and then clean up for the night, we're looking at a 2100 bedtime. So, the best time for us to focus on ourselves is either before work or during our lunch break.  

We didn't have any wi-fi during our time at the farm, but that didn't mean we still couldn't get some work done. Garrett edited photos while Ben attempted to write some before knocking out.

We're usually exhausted after a long day on the farm, but we always find time to work on ourselves and craft our ideas into a reality.

We know from our previous experiences in life that you have to make time for the life you want to create; it won't just fall on your lap - just as this WWOOFing experience didn't just come to us for free.

We had to invest some cash to sign up, search for and communicate with hosts, purchase a plane ticket out to Japan, then travel from Tokyo to Kyoto and then eventually out here to the farm.

Taking the first step into creating your ideal life is the most difficult, but it becomes easier with repetition. Just a few weeks ago we were fine-tuning our travel plans, but now we're in the thick of it. If we can do it, so can you!

Ben torched fields of seeds with a flamethrower


Yea, right!?

Who gets to use a flamethrower for real?

Not where we're from...  

We've been able to do a lot of things that are uncommon for us. From sleeping on traditional Japanese bedding to chopping firewood for bathing, we have encountered several novel experiences already.

Today, Ben got to play with a flamethrower, torching seedlings to prevent them from sprouting intermittently during the next rotation of crops. 

We harvested sweet potatoes and prepared more plant beds

Mole rats had snuck in the potato crop and gnawed away at the tubers.

Mole rats had snuck in the potato crop and gnawed away at the tubers.

Sweet potatoes are one of our favorite foods, and having had the opportunity to see how they were grown and harvested provided us with another perspective of our food selection. It's a ton of work for such a little yield—allowing us to savor each and every bite of the delicious starch.

A lot of preparation is required to organize beds, plant seeds, grow the vegetables, and harvest the crops, only to have half of them destroyed by pests and critters. In fact, the neighbor had his fields wrecked by wild boars! Sometimes an electric fence just doesn't do the job.

How much did we spend budgeting in Keihoku, Japan?

Food: $0

Transport: $0

Lodging: $0

Sightseeing: $0

Other: $0

Today: $0

Did we make our $40 budget in Keihoku today?

Yes, that goes without saying out here WWOOFing. Yet, after all of this, our daily average just now reached $41.

When the numbers are broken down, technically our budget comes down to $41. Although one dollar doesn't make a great difference, we rounded down to $40 as it was easier to keep track of.

Since we extended our stay on the farm by a couple of days, we can take our daily spending average down even lower! 

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Until next time, safe travels!