Good rice starts with good land from which good rice plants grow. The quality of the earth is of extreme importance, and it takes many years to create good earth. Along the same lines, when humans try to improve their bodies, doing so over a short period of time, such as one or two years, is not feasible.

Japan is full of lush green nature: paddies, fields, mountains and woodlands (although lately these have been disappearing). Perhaps because we are so blessed with all of this, we tend to take it for granted. But in reality it takes 10, 15 or 20 years for the earth to grow these to come into being.

My grandfather was extremely particular about things like this, and even in an era when there were many developments in the areas of fertilizers and agricultural chemicals, he continually insisted on what might be known today as mature compost. He put a lot of energy into the rice fields from the moment the snow melted.

Rice fields with strong soil have warm soil.

I think that creating good soil is something that takes generations to accomplish.

I intend to protect and raise the valuable soil left to me by my grandfather, and to convey to the next generation the wonderfulness and power of natural soil.