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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.45
Persons: 2
Category: Hospitality
Host ID: 58007
Country: Japan

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Last Updated: September 4, 2019

We are Japanese Canadians trying to turn a 176 year old house into a guest house/retreat. Acquired in march, we have made large strides in repairs and cleanup, but it is hard to up keep daily and weekly chores, as well as renovations and modifications! THAT is where I need help! On top of the house being old, it does produce some challenges with traditional garden, some gardening, housekeeping and just suggestions on ideas. Bonus if you can help with meals too! The town has a history of around 1200 years. Due to this, there are trails and old roads that are not a part of the kumanokodo network. These trails are usually quiet and can be completed with in a day. There are options to do sections of the kumanokodo if you would like to be dropped off and picked up.

!! I am looking to fill 6 positions on the week of October 27th to November 3rd as requested by my neighbourhood! The first weekend of November is the Ryuujin fall Matsuri (festival), included is learning the traditional drumming and flute! The Matsuri is on the sunday and includes sake, traditional Bento and experiencing the full carrying the mikoshi and all! There is a request to donate around 5000 yen to the community for the food and beverages, it's worth it! !!

NOTE: I do apologize for not returning messages and requests. My wife got pregnant and had to stop the volunteering for awhile. But now that he has reached appropriate age and the home has settled, I do welcome requests again! Bonus points if you're good with infants!

Let us know if you have any questions

*Try to bring sandals/flip flops as it will make life a lot easier! As most Japanese homes, shoes are NOT WORN INDOORS! So walking around barefoot isn't appropriate either.

** Please be advised that strict vegan diets are very hard if not impossible to prepare in a village such as ryuujin. Do to the lack of affordable vegan options, we do apologize if we cannot accommodate. Vegetarian is possible, as long as you are ok with dairy and eggs. Alot of Japanese cuisine also uses bonito (fish) broth or base for sauces and may not be avoidable.

***Please let us know beforehand if you have an injury that prevents mobility! We can organise modified the tasks as long as you let us know before!

****I can't believe I have to say this, but if you are caught stealing or just terrible attitude towards us, the community or the work, we will ask you to leave.

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