A man living like a hermit.
This was how a farmer friend of mine introduced Mr. Masahiro Takagi to me, and I was captivated by his rich life.
Even before saying hello, he began to talk like this: ”This is blueberry, and I need to put a bird net over it, don't I? This is a walnut tree. This is rye, which I use to raise yeast.
This is a persimmon tree. I still haven't got the hang of how to prune it. This is coriander. You like it? Munch-munch...“
He literally ate grass growing on the pathway, walked through a compost heap, and I followed him to see more of his house.
A cooking stove. Mud walls. He said that the room had cost only ¥40,000 to build.
Bottles that seemed to have been abandoned on the sidewalk were brewing vinegar. There was also a small charcoal grill for making sweet bean paste.
The richness of it all! There was no wasted space around the house, surrounded by food and tools for living.
He grew or made anything.
He grew vegetables, spices, tea leaves, and made a dining table to serve them on, and even his house that protects him from rain and wind.
Mr. Takagi said that his life with his wife Kimie on an annual income of ¥200,000 on Kudaka Island in Okinawa
had given him ~ wild survival skills and a mindset of alms-giving. ~
He has been living a self-sufficient life for the past 25 years,
currently selling homemade bread made from his rye, raisin, and natural yeast at his home in Sasayama.
Everything you see in front of your eyes were made by someone. This means that everything can be made.
However, I think we no longer get to realize that often in our lives now,
overloaded with things in front of our eyes. I find myself trying to recall
the last object that my hands produced.
What could I do and make?
Mr. Takagi says that he does not have a business name because he does not fit into any definition or category. He simply busies himself with
what he needs to do to live.
I asked him what his dream was.
His answer was ”to keep touring in my life.“
”I am someone that really wants to do things,“ he added with a big smile.
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Assisted by Bakery Takagi・Uokuni Shoten
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