In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the friendship city exchange between Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture and Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, the mini Neputa (designated as a national important intangible folk cultural property and coloring the summer of the Tsugaru region of Aomori Prefecture, “Hirosaki Neputa” The “Matsuri” is held every year from August 1st to 7th, and about 80 large and small brave, flat and fan-shaped neputa festivals are held in Hirosaki, a castle town, with the theme of warrior paintings such as Sangokushi and Suikoden. It seems that it has been decided to exchange the (summer festival that parades around the city) in August 2022. The exchange was approved at the establishment general meeting of the Ota City Friendship City Exchange 30th Anniversary Project Executive Committee held in Hirosaki City on April 28. As for friendship exchanges, a group of the Hirosaki Junior Chamber visited the former Ojima town, where the territory of the Hirosaki domain used to be, and now Ota city, so private exchanges have progressed, and a friendship city was concluded in 1991. In the 30th anniversary commemorative project, there are plans to exchange mini neputa for exhibition produced by each neputa artist. Eiichi SHIBUSAWA (Digital Museum) Memorial Hall (Shimotebaka, Fukaya City, Saitama Prefecture) By Car: Approximately 40 minutes from Hanazono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway / Approximately 30 minutes from Honjo Kodama IC / Approximately 40 minutes from Ota Yabutsuka IC on the Kita Kanto Expressway. Benevolence and righteousness and Manufacture profit, which he proposed from “Rongo (Analects of Confucius) and Soroban (abacus)” in 1916, should be promoted together. Along with Eiichi SHIBUSAWA, who left such a saying, is attracting attention as an international goal called the SDGs. First, what are the SDGs? In September 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is transforming our world, was adopted. rice field. The Sustainable Development Goals as an action plan for human beings, the earth and prosperity, which was defined in this, will be set on the axis of all social activities in the world, but about 7 years have passed since then. But what about now? From 2019, the world will become a pandemic in response to the corona virus, and the United Nations Development Program (1965) will be measured by the Human Development Index, which is a comprehensive measure of education, health and living standards in the world. It is predicted that it may decrease for the first time since 1990. The World Bank predicts that global remittances worldwide will decrease by approximately US $ 110 billion in 2020. Without this money, 800 million people could not meet their basic needs such as housing, education, food and medical care. Emergency assistance seems to require action to prepare for, deal with and recover from the crisis in all countries. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announces a $ 2 billion humanitarian aid program. Developing countries could lose at least $ 220 billion in revenue, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development sought $ 2.5 trillion in support for that. Specifically, the SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets for achieving a sustainable society, which UN member states have set to achieve in the next 15 years (until 2030), 2001. As a successor to the Millennium Development Goals formulated in the year, poverty, hunger, health, education, gender, hygiene, energy, job satisfaction, technological innovation, cities, production and consumption responsibility, climate change, marine resources, land resources, inequality, etc. It seems that they are aiming to solve the problems that have been raised. Therefore, the noble vow that Eiichi advocated about 100 years ago that no one would be left behind overlaps with the social image he aimed for. As an entrepreneur, about 500 companies he has been involved in in his life seem to consist of various industries. Anyone of us born in Japan will know that he was an entrepreneur who started a company needed by society in many fields, as he challenged similar industries in different fields. One of the words he preached in the form of a corporate guideline as an entrepreneur’s knowledge is taken seriously by business people. It is well known that a business that does not benefit the public just by seeking personal interests cannot gain the support of people, but on the contrary, it cannot be sustained as a business simply by sacrificing one’s own interests and contributing to the public interest. He preaches that neither personal interests nor public interests can be realized. As one of the roles of entrepreneurs, it is clarified that the ideal way of business that considers the benefits of the national society as well as the benefit of the individual is gradually shown by the weakening of the Japanese economy. I feel like. An earthquake with a maximum seismic intensity of over 6 that occurred off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture about a week ago seems to be affecting companies related to Gunma Prefecture. SUBARU CORPORATION (Ebisu, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo), which has the only finished vehicle factory in Japan, also stopped night operations at Gunma Works (Shoya Town, Ota City, etc.) due to the earthquake, but it will continue to operate normally on the morning of March 17. It seems to be restarting. Subaru is in the process of scrutinizing the impact, but Hino Motors (Hinodai, Hino City, Tokyo)’s Nitta Factory (Nitta Hayakawa Town, Ota City, Ota Distribution Center Branch (Kiyohara Town)) was also in operation, but employees It is temporarily suspended due to the evacuation of personnel. After confirming safety, it will restart and will not affect the production volume. Ota City prospered as a post town for Nikko Reiheishi Highroad（One of the side roads, the road that the messenger took to consecrate the coins to Nikko Toshogu after the death of Ieyasu Tokugawa-Ko. In 1617, Ieyasu’s sacred clan was reinterred in Nikkoyama on the road that the envoy dedicating money from Kyoto to Nikko Toshogu, but from 1646, the offering of cloth (rope) from the Kyoto court to Nikko Toshogu every year. , paper, etc.) was used as an imperial messenger to dedicate.）during the Edo period. In 1827, gathering place Town (Shingo) of 50 villages of Ota Town Association (including nearby towns, 73 villages). Bunsei Reform from 1827; Otorishimarisujigokaikaku : To rebuild and strengthen the rural control of the Kanto Region, which is the foundation of the Edo Shogunate. After the eruption of Mt. Asama, water often flooded during heavy rains, and autumn crops were washed away. The canal work in the Inba marsh failed, disasters such as fires in Edo and a large-scale eruption of Mt. Asama occurred（1783）, and the Tenmei Famine took place in weakened rural areas, causing food shortages and epidemics. Furthermore, it will develop as a hometown for local small commerce. Developed as a center near these Regional economic and Administrative neighborhoods. In the Meiji era, the post station system was abolished. It has become a small town with a population of about 2,500, visited by nearby farmers for shopping and Japanese white radish（Pure Land sect (of Buddhism:Kanayama Town)）’s fair festival. Under these circumstances, the Nitta County Office was established in 1878, and the town system was enforced in 1889. etc. Entering the taisho era, Nakajima Airplane Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Japan’s first commercial aircraft industry, was established. The founder is Mr. Chikuhei Nakajima. Exists from 1917 to 1945. And the subsequent development of the aircraft industry : Manchurian incident（Self-defense battle to prevent Japan’s interests from being threatened : The Stimson Doctrine（Enforced by the U.S. Federal Government issued in a memo on January 7, 1932）- In President Mr. Herbert Clark Hoover’s（31st generation of USA）policy : After the Great Depression, based on the May 15th and February 20th Incidents, the military gained power and greatly utilized the existence of the Emperor.）in 1931, to Second Sino-Japanese War（In the following year the ‘National General Mobilization Act’ was issued.）in 1937. 1941 Malayan Campaign followed by second world war and continued development of munitions industry : Together with grow by leaps and bounds, development into an industrial city that plays a part in japan’s aircraft. For postwar days, we will utilize the technology cultivated in the aircraft industry : A restart centered on peacetime industries such as textile industry and auto industry. Against the backdrop of high economic growth in the 1955’s, it has grown as a representative industrial city in the northern Kanto region. The city is located in the southeastern part of Gunma prefecture. Very advantageous location conditions for running agriculture near large consumption areas. The geology is from 30 m to 100 m above sea level : A light-burning volcanic area of oma alluvial fan that slopes gently from north to south. The flat land with good drainage spreads out, and it is blessed with abundant water in the Tone River system and long daylight hours. Historically, it has developed agricultural production mainly for rice and wheat and sericulture.With the decline of sericulture, the introduction of institutional vegetables, open-field vegetables, and flower gardening is progressing. In the eastern region, rice and wheat double cropping is the main product. In addition, garden crops such as strawberries and eggplants are also produced. Although the amount of production is small, Chinese food Makomodake（Zizania latifolia）is also cultivated. It seems to be popular as an autumn-only ingredient. The western region includes Chinese yam (variety of Dioscorea opposita), spinach, burdock, and Small ball watermelon : The cultivation of horticultural crops is actively carried out and contributes. From the west to the northwest, it is known as a region where the livestock industry is very active. Dairy, beef cattle fattening, pig farming, poultry farming, etc. are carried out. In particular, the fattening and breeding of Beef cattle is one of the largest in the prefecture. Cultivation of corn, Italian ryegrass（Lolium multiflorum Lam.）, oats（Avena sativa L.）, etc. as Livestock forage crops using upland fields. It is said that it also plays a part in dustproof measures in this area where the north wind is strong. In the eastern region, paddy rice is often cultivated, and many livestock farmers use rice straw as roughage. By producing high-quality compost and returning it to the soil, it improves the soil quality and enables the production of high-quality agricultural products. Due to the mixture of large-scale livestock farmers and housing, problems such as animal waste treatment and foul odors are issues. Farmer was awarded the Excellent Agriculture Award in 2013 in the city. He also served as a Gunma / Ota city Agricultural Committee. Main vegetables of Ota City Dioscorea japonica : A variety of “YAM.” The rich taste and strong stickiness are unbearable. It is well-digested and absorbed, and is known as a nutritious tonic food with high nutritional value. It is actively cultivated mainly in the western part of the city area. As a leading production area, it has been shipped nationwide, including Tokyo, and has received high praise. Harvesting begins around October and is in winter. I hear that it is now possible to ship all year round due to advances in cold storage technology. Citrullus lanatus : Utilizing well-drained soil and long hours of sunshine in winter – From early March to early July, shipped mainly to the keihin region for gifts. Cultivated mainly in the ‘YABUZUKA area.’ A small watermelon with a diameter of about 20 cm was created by breeding. Compared to large watermelon, the skin is thinner and the sweetness is stronger. The main varieties are “Manamusume-Sakura watermelon” and “Hitorijime watermelon.” Popular because the flesh is firm, fresh and sweet. Allium fistulosum L., Produced throughout the year. Shipped from October to March Production of autumn to winter green onion. It accounts for about 80% of the annual shipment volume and is expected to expand production. In addition, a large-scale adjustment facility will be built in the city, actively promoted production, it is widely cultivated in the city. “Spinacia oleracea” : In addition to open cultivation, it is produced throughout the year by using rain shelter facilities. Especially produced in the Yabuzuka area. It contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, and has the highest nutritional value among vegetables. “Fragaria × ananassa Duchesne ex Rozier”, It is cultivated mainly in “Yayoihime STRAWBERRY : Gunma breeding varieties” and “Tochiotome STRAWBERRY” – Ships from November to May. Yayoihime STRAWBERRY – It has a strong sweetness, a firm flesh, and a long shelf life. It is ready to eat before it turns bright red, and it has a strong sweetness rather than overripeness. “Solanum lycopersicum L.”, In addition to large tomatoes, mini tomatoes and high sugar content tomatoes are produced. Large balls and cherry tomatoes are shipped throughout the year. High sugar content tomato “Brix 9 Nine”, Introduced the cultivation technology developed at the Horticultural Experiment Station in Gunma Prefecture in 1991. Succeeded in producing a production area after trial cultivation. Produced by farmers in the Nitta area – A fruit tomato with a sugar content of 9 degrees or more and a strong taste. Even children who dislike tomatoes can enjoy it. “Zizania latifolia L.”, It is cultivated as a crop of paddy fields and has a short harvest time. It will be shipped to most of the direct sales offices in the city in October. A sprout that is parasitized by smut fungi : Ustilago esculenta and enlarged. An aquatic plant of the genus Zizania latifolia, Gramineae. Suitable for any cooking method, raw or baked. It tastes like the middle of bamboo shoots and asparagus – In health foods containing dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and potassium. “Corchorus olitorius L.”, It occupies 27% of the acreage in the prefecture and is the first in the prefecture. It can be used for a wide range of dishes such as seasoned foods, stir-fried foods, and fried foods. When heat is applied, it becomes sticky, and when it cools, it becomes even more sticky. Rich in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and calcium. “KURIHARA Family document 附 麁絵図（Soezu）”, Northwestern part of the city, from Yabuzuka district to northern Nitta district : A vast alluvial fan created by the Watarase River-KASAKAKENO. With the completion of Okanobori Aqueduct in 1669, the eastern and western parts were cultivated. Flatland forests spread over a wide area. KURIHARA Family – For a long time, he was the protagonist of the municipality that occupies the southern tip of the lowland forest. It also holds more than 300 old documents. 1730 “Ichi-mura（City and village）Soezu” -Mibayashi / Nosen hayloft / Records of peasant forests, village boundaries, old sea (town) roads, etc. There are as many as 20 documents, especially related to Mibayashi – You can know management, logging, clearing, carrying out, etc. Important Cultural Property designated by the city Old documents – The designated date is March 31, 1976. Due to the merger, it was designated as a cultural property of the New City on March 28, 2005. Position – Nittaichi Town, Ota City. “Obara Town,” 市指定文化財 : 藪塚の舞台襖絵 – A village play is organized in the former Yabuzuka Town as one of the rural arts. Was from the Edo period to the Meiji era in Tokugawa-Ko. “Ballad drama” : There is a stage for comfort during the Spring and Autumn Annals festival and New Year. City designated important sculpture : Guurinzan Zenshoji Temple（Religious school: the Buzan school of Shingon Buddhism ）本堂の欄間彫刻 – Engraving department : The length is 50 cm, the width is 147 cm, and the space between the columns is 167 cm in length and 72 cm in width. Kasagakeyama Chokenji Temple（Jodo Sect (Chinzei school)）本堂の欄間彫刻 : Zelkova serrata (Thunb.) Makino – It consists of 3 outer aisles, 3 inner aisles, and 2 inner aisles. Same dimensions as Zenshoji Temple. Both are due to the merger : Designated as a city cultural property again on March 28, 2005. It seems that the spinach system for autumn and winter is being established within the JA jurisdiction. Currently, it seems that the number of producers who cultivate spinach, which has a fast turnover and high profits, not only in facilities but also in the open field, is increasing every year. “JA Ota City Vegetable Center” Steering Committee spinach subcommittee counts about 110 shipping registrations. Spinach, which accounts for about half of the center’s sales, seems to have far exceeded the sales of watermelons. In addition, there are greenhouses and open fields, but it seems that the average planting is 4 times a year. In the summer when spinach is not good, it seems that one Japanese mustard spinach may be inserted.
Small ball watermelon began to be cultivated in 1967, and it seems that green house cultivation is currently being carried out. Watermelon has been shipped to the Keihin market and local markets, and is now known nationwide and has captured the feelings of many consumers. In 1989, it was designated as a brand production area in Gunma prefecture, and it seems that about 70 hectares are now cultivated by producers of about 130 houses. This excellent agricultural product was named Yabuzuka Watermelon by JA Ota City in 2014.
This lovely watermelon is not just a small one of big ball watermelons. It was created by breeding and is characterized by its sweetness compared to big ball watermelons. The cold and popular delicious Small ball watermelon is about 20 cm in diameter. The size is just about two people. Since it is small, I recommend you to chill it in the refrigerator and eat it. Another feature is that it is easy to eat, the skin is very thin, and there are many parts that can be eaten deliciously. Also, it seems that the secret of ease of eating is that the seeds are about half that of big balls. I heard that the shipping time is from March to June.
The love that the land of Yabuzuka and the producers nurture and pour into the Small ball watermelon is extraordinary. This is because each one spares love and time and effort. It is you who taste the gem of self-confidence, contribute to the community, locally grown and consumed, and enrich the industry.