My Experience at Konohana Family
Many non-Japanese guests visit us every year, and some of them have written about their experience with the Konohana Family. You can get a feel for our life style from a guest’s point of view.
Patrick from U.S.
Patrick is a Permaculture teacher in Colorado, U.S. and was introduced the Konohana Family from his Japanese friend. He has a 4-year-old-daughter and see a light for the future generation, so he actively connected children in the U.S and Japan by exchanging their drawings. Konohana children also participated in this project. He will continue weaving this connection for future.
Dear Konohana Family,
I have been thinking about you all since the first days we met and I am so happy to be in this life together with each of you. Thank you for being my family and for showing me such love and compassion when I visited you in October 2016.
The children of Shepardson Elementary School were delighted to receive such beautiful and creative pictures from the Konohana Family children and see photos of all their new friends in Japan. They will be sending letters and pictures in the mail soon!!
Next time I write to you, I will try to practice my 日本語（Japanese）but this time I just wanted to freely share my heart with you. Plus, I am confident that this letter will be beautifully translated and maybe even read aloud in front of everyone; probably after eating a delicious meal and appreciating your beautiful and talented Konohana Children!
The sacred water that I offer to your sacred waters is 100% pure snow from Fort Collins Colorado.
Have a wonderful festival and I hope to see you all again soon.
Catherine from Canada
Catherine is a professor and researcher of Anthropology, and teach at one of universities in Canada. She had studied about poverty for 20 years, and now shift to the theme to Happiness. She visited Konohana Family in that context.
After ten days at Konohana Family, I feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, this community of almost 80 members is completely food self-sufficient; so one of the things I enjoyed during my stay was wonderful fresh, organic vegetarian meals made with love by the kitchen staff. But more important to me than the food was the hospitality: I was welcomed by the entire community with smiles all around, and treated with care and generosity throughout my stay. As I watched the daily activities of members of Konohana Family, I noticed that everyone seemed happy and content. The children are strong, healthy, happy and positively engaged in the world; and the adults seem to enjoy every activity they undertake, even the most mundane. And no matter how busy they were, everyone I met was willing to take the time to share their life story with me. The energy of the place is contagious, and I am grateful that I caught some of it!
Zhen from China
Zhen is from China and currently he is a graduate student in U.S.who is majored in Physics. After graduation, he would like to build an ecovillage in China. He stays at Konohana for three months.
Currently I’m studying my Phd in physics in USA. During this summer (May 2014), I stayed in Konohana family as an “helper” to study how to create an eco-village. Konohama family is an amazing place! It has totally opposite values compared with the current mainstream. Life here is full of love and wisdom. Love here is beyond race, religion, and nationality. People here neither favor nor suppress any particular religion or school. What they value is that people should learn how to love each other. They show people that if all human beings choose collaboration instead of competition, and devotion instead of egoism, All human beings can truly live happily together. In a word, lifestyle here is the best in my knowledge and is progressing towards an even higher level. Many people who got serious physical or mental diseases that showed little improvement after conventional medical care came here can magically recovered merely after a normal stay of several months. More amazingly, people here even spread their love to plants: they care plants just like caring a baby! In addition, according to my many touches with the creator of this community, he is absolutely not rigorous or rude, instead, he is humorous, and peaceful almost all the time.
To many awesome things here that beyond my words. According to my knowledge, most of the journalists only stayed here for less than one day before they wrote the reports. However, the fact is that such a profound community can hardly be understood within one day and by purely talking to people here. So, I suggest that any journalist or individual who want to know the truth regarding this community should, like me, stay here for at least one week as a helper to experience the details here before writing a pice of article that seems superficial and distorted by pressures from “social reality” and personal desires.”中文”
Roland and Miina from Esthonia
Roland and Miina had visited us on honeymoon from Estonia.Here is a message after they returned to Estonia.
Konichiua You all!
These few days was so amazing that it took us few days do understand what had happened. It was so nice to meet you all. The most kindest and sincere people. We cant thank you enough!
All the best! Stay strong and lets make the world a better place. Thank you!
Ayoung and Dooyeon from South Korea
Chiaying Chien from Taiwan
Fan Wang from China
Shang Feng Pei from China
Rick Mickelson from USA
Here is his report of the 2013 Ecovillage Design Education course at Konohana Family in English. He enrolled in this course to acquire the skills and knowledge of how to start an ecovillage with his wife on their home, a small island, off the northeast coast of Japan, called Ajishima.