Nago kids harvest 20 kg of rice with sickles

Nago kids harvest 20 kg of rice with sickles

Children harvesting rice at a farm in Goga, Nago City, on November 7.

November 19, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7, young members of the Deigo Rugby Football School, lead by Shingo Mekaru, visited a farm in Goga, Nago City, to experience rice harvesting. Twenty-one 1st-3rd graders used sickles to harvest approximately 20 kg of mochi rice.

The activity aims to educate children on food and nutrition. Mekaru explained, “I wanted the children to see how the food they eat is made.” Many of the children had never used a sickle before and learned the techniques from their skilled peers. Mekaru watched on as he said, “The kids teaching each other [the techniques] is the same as how we practice rugby.” Kiko Funakoshi, a first-grade student at Yabu Elementary School, shared: “I was good at using the sickle.”

Sojun Kano, who offered his rice paddy for the activity, said, “Modern society is dominated by virtual [experiences]. I’m happy the children got to see where their food is made.”

(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)

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