2010年8月18日水曜日

jimmy crack corn and I don't care

Well if Jimmy was a bear.

And it was an ultra-modern version of the song talking about crack-corn a la crack-cocaine.

And the I don't care bit is just plain untrue.

It's bear season.

This made the news today.

For mum and dad- that's the next mountain over. The temple we walked to. Yup. That close.

A lot of people around here have an extra field up in the mountains. They bushwhack a patch of forest and plant a plant-and-leave crop like plums, chestnuts, soba, corn or apples. Unfortunately the bears don't recognise title-hold and tend to view these crops as a new convenience store in town.

From mid-summer through until late autumn we get bears. Not every day. Not in the kitchen eating porridge but yup, real bears. They go after all the crops but especially corn. It's like an addiction or something. Once they pop they just can't stop. Crack-corn.

Amy brought a letter home from kinder today about avoiding bear incidents:

1. Don't go out into the fields/ forests before 5:30am or after 5:30pm. I think we're pretty safe there.
2. Surround your corn crop with an electric fence. Haven't done that. After losing about 1/3 of last year's crop to bears and monkeys we planted the corn right by the house this year. Jury is still out on whether this was a good idea or not!
3. Be noisy when you're out and about. Never fear on that one!

Here's to a quick recovery for my fellow villager and a beary safe Autumn.

I had to do it at least once, right?

4 件のコメント:

Adam W さんのコメント...

Are you up in Hokkaido? I thought the bears only live up there? If you are, you're sooooo lucky. Hokkaido is where I would want to live in Japan.

Be careful! :)

thefukases さんのコメント...

Nope, not Hokkaido, Nagano. Smack bang in the middle of Japan. Home of the Japan Alps, Hakuba ski resort, the 1998 winter olympics and ahhh bears. Hokkaido is definitely beautiful- and the houses are insulated. If you end up there I'll come visit every winter!

anchan さんのコメント...

Wooooah...

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

hmmmm, planting yummy corn right next to house. That could be scary.

There must be days where your girls are out screaming down the neighborhood by 5:30 surely? If you need MORE noise to put the bears off just let me know and I'll kuroneko Shou and Marina up to you.