Grow good organic vegetables and keep their seeds “Gose-vege & Gose-seed”
・Today, there are a lot of genetically modified vegetables which can grow filled with agricultural chemicals (good shape=insents and bugs can’t eat them) and they are made from seeds that can not produce their own seeds. Also, the vegetables that are aligned at the convenience stores or any chain of franchise stores are probably filled with antiseptics or chemical and we eat them without knowing it. What’s going to happen if we keep eating those vegetables? So, helping trustworthy farmers with their fields and eating nutritious and delicious vegetables with much appreciation and let them bring good seeds from Gose to their country.
・If we have enough manpower, we’ll be able to expand the agricultural land and we can revive vacant farmlands again.
・Able to spread nutritious and delicious vegetables around Gose by direct sales to the stores.
What should we do?
・Put away all prejudice about people from all over the world. (Everybody comes to Gose because they like Japan)
・Greet people as family.
・Put away all prejudice about looks. (Tattoo, pierced earrings are just a way to express themselves or fashion)
・Greet people with your heart. (the language doesn’t matter)
・Please supply your vacant house or vacant farmland. (We’ll give it back with more value than before we use it)
・hand down your knowledge and adopt opinions of young people. (Please let me know all your knowledge and don’t forget that Gose’s future depends on young people and children)
・Believe in yourself (We can do it)
As embarrassing as it is to say if I think back on that time, I wrote down a plan on how to revitalize Gose as I mentioned above and I gave it to all the people whom I met around Gose while riding my skateboard. Of course, Almost all those people said that “It is a fantasy story”, “If you want to do this, you should do it by yourself” or “you should get the serious job first” But only a handful of people agreed to it and introduced some other people who also want to revitalize Gose. Especially my father. Actually, he works at the town hall as a temporary employee and he invited me to his office and I met a lot of people who work there as city workers. Then finally, I met the mayor of Gose city and I handed my plan to him.
After some days, I was carrying a portable shrine at Gose’s festival. If I looked around, a lot of Vietnamese people were shouting “Yò-hó! Yò-hó!” and the portable shrine went around Gose city. After the festival finished, they had a dinner party with all the people who took part of it. Vietnamese (I heard that they have a Vietnamese community and they come from all around Japan for this festival), kids, students, middle-aged and old people drank and ate good food together but there weren’t the same age as me.
“How was the festival?” the mayor sat next to me and asked it. “It was very fun. I carried the portable shrine for the first time in my life. Thank you for it.” “Do you like hot sake?” “Of course I do.” he gave me a sake cup and poured some hot sake into it.
“I read your plan. Thanks a lot.” He said it over his cup. “I started this festival with friends about 10 years ago. Because I wanted to do something to revitalize Gose, just as you.” “Actually the portable shrine which we carried today is the third heaviest portable shrine in Japan. But because of the shortage of hands, we couldn’t carry it for a long time. It is a strange story, but Gose city is always like that.”
“We started to look for more hands, went to ask around Gose and found a solution.” “Now, our festival is one of the biggest events for Vietnamese students as you can see.” We pour each other another Sake into the empty cup and keep talking.
“You can do everything you want to do. But Gose city doesn’t have hands or money. It was a good idea but I can not help you because I have a lot of things that I should do for Gose first. At first, I will change the education of Gose.” “Thank you very much, mayor. I really understand what you said. If I can do something for you, I’ll do my best.”
After that day, I met the mayor a few more times and we talked about Gose’s future but I didn’t have any choice. I wanted to do something for Gose but It was too difficult to do it by myself. At that time after one month passed since I came back to Nara, a staff of Ghetto’s bar said that she will quit and that you should come back to work her shift. Then, I decided to go back to Tokyo.
“I will get enough money in Tokyo and come back to Gose again. I will do my plan then.”
I took the night bus to Tokyo I saw the moon from an opening in the curtain.