Sunday, August 27, 2006

How do you keep them on the farm when they've seen Tokyo?

The Economist seems to be saying that one solution to the slow depopulation of Japan's countryside can be found in towns like Ogama, on the Noto Peninsula. There, the small handful of remaining farmers decided to pull up stakes, move to the next town, and turn their valley into a giant landfill. It's a sad story, really.


(Back in March, the English-language edition of the Asahi newspaper ran a story about the same town.)


At any rate, we're all fortunate that Koji Nagata, our primary green tea supplier, decided to stay on his father's farm. Thanks to that fateful decision, the world has Mellow Monk green tea.



Hmm... Now why do you suppose it's so hard to keep young people on the farm nowadays?


—Mellow Monk


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