December 3, 2021 Man ARAI (May 7, 1946 – December 3, 2021) passed away. He is best known for his translation and composition of A Thousand Winds, and won the Akutagawa Prize for his novel. He is active in a wide range of fields, such as serving as an image director for the Nagano Olympics opening and closing ceremonies. Arai was born in Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture in 1946. After graduating from university, she worked as a singer-songwriter while working at a major advertising agency. In 1977, she sang as a singer her suite, Gassan “Wine Color Tokimeki” (Lyrics: Yu Aku, Composition: Koichi Morita), which became a hit. She has also written novels, and won the Akutagawa Prize in 1988 for “Time of the Wanderer.” She translated and composed an English poem of unknown authorship, and sang “Sen no Kaze ni Natte” by tenor singer Masafumi Akikawa, which became a big hit and won the 2007 Japan Record Award for Best Composition. has been awarded. Known for his work “Becoming a Thousand Winds”, he has a deep connection with Dewa Shonai. Atsushi Mori (1912-1989: Akutagawa Prize-winning novelist known for his novel “Tsukiyama”) led him to Man Shonai. Born in Nagasaki, he dropped out of the first high school under the old system and left Riichi Yokomitsu (1898-1947: born in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture). In 1934, at the age of 22, he drew attention with his maiden work Drunken Ship, which was serialized in the Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbun and the Osaka Mainichi Shimbun. Atsushi’s unique forest literature is born from his experience and contemplation at an optical machinery factory, a dam construction site, and a printing factory.) In 1974, he won the 70th Akutagawa Prize for his novel “Gassan,” which he wrote based on his experience of one winter. On the monument, Mori wrote in his own handwriting, “月山すべての吹きの寄するところこれ月山なり”. Mt. Gassan is historically a great shrine listed in the Engishiki Jinmyocho, which was created about 1,000 years ago. There is a Mt. Gassan Rally Monument. It is said that more than 100 people from one village were attending a worship service. Originally, it was the only Kanpei Taisha shrine in the Tohoku region and received special treatment from the country. This shrine is widely worshiped by the common people as an agricultural god who controls water and as a god of sailing and fishing. Production and consumption of local food is an initiative to consume agricultural, forestry and fishery products (limited to those used for food) produced in the domestic area within the area where they are produced. In addition to improving the food self-sufficiency rate, it will also lead to the sixth-order industry through direct sales offices and processing efforts. Fresh and cheaper agricultural products can be obtained from places close to consumers. You can check the production status by yourself and get a sense of security. It is a great opportunity to get a sense of familiarity with food and agriculture and to deepen your understanding of the relationship between production and consumption and traditional food culture. It leads to an eco-friendly life. Producers can carry out efficient production that accurately grasps the needs of local consumers through a face-to-face relationship with consumers. By reducing distribution costs, the take-home pay of producers can be increased, and profitability can be expected to improve. By selling directly, it is possible to sell small quantities of products, processed / cooked products, and in some cases irregular or non-standard products. Face-to-face sales（counter service）directly receive consumer reactions and evaluations, and producers are more willing to improve quality and customer service. As a merit of the mediator, for municipalities and nutritionists, using local agricultural and livestock products for school lunch will lead to promotion of dietary education for students. By setting up a local agricultural products corner in the supermarket, it is possible to secure consumers who are looking for fresh and safe agricultural products. By providing unique menus that utilize local ingredients to restaurants and inns, it is possible to attract locals and tourists. For food manufacturers, using local ingredients can reduce distribution costs and environmental burdens. By selecting, using, and eating domestic agricultural, forestry and fishery products, many consumers will be able to produce more domestic agricultural, forestry and fishery products from producers, and from companies and organizations involved in food, domestic agricultural and forestry products. Better products, dishes and eating habits using marine products are proposed, so more people choose domestic agriculture, forestry and marine products: Food Action Nippon. The original varieties born in Nagano Prefecture, Akibae, Shinano Sweet, and Shinano Gold (third son) are collectively called “Apple Three Brothers ®”. The three varieties have different harvest times and tastes, but all have a reputation for being delicious. “Apple Three Brothers ®” is a registered trademark of JA Zen-Noh. Registration number: No. 5252896, Registration date: July 31, 2009, Registration gazette publication date: September 1, 2009, Publication date: January 15, 2009, Application number: Commercial application 2008-100188, Application date : December 12, 2008, prior application right generation date: December 12, 2008, renewal application date: April 26, 2019, renewal registration date: May 14, 2019, expiration date: 2029 July 31, Trademark (for search): Three Apple Brothers, Standard Character Trademark: Three Apple Brothers, Name (Reference Information): Apple Sankyodai, Sankyodai, Rightholder: Name or Name: National Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives, Address or whereabouts: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, Additional information: Standard characters, Law classification: 2006 law, International classification version display: 9th edition, Number of classifications: 3, [Product and service classification and designated goods or designated services] [Similar group code] 29 Apple pickled in syrup, canned apples, bottled apples, apple jam, fruit sauce using apples, dried apples, frozen apples, dairy products with apples, meat products with apples, apples Under the curry stew or soup used, 31D01 32E01 32F01 32F04 32F10, 31 apples, apple seeds, apple seedlings, apple seedlings, 32E01 33C01 33D01, 32 apple-based juice, apple-flavored beer , 28A02 29C01 (from J-PlatPat). According to Mr. Takizawa, the director of the representative union, the Kyowa Horticultural Agricultural Cooperative is a small and unique agricultural cooperative with 307 members who specialize in selling apples, with fruits accounting for more than 90%. Since its establishment in June 1948 in Shinshu Kyowa Village as the “Kyowa Village Horticultural Agriculture Cooperative”, it has been selling apples for 70 years with members who are enthusiastic about making apples. Recently, it has been a long time since the original mission of agricultural cooperatives, the production guidance business and sales business, was neglected and it was pointed out that the members were leaving the agricultural cooperative, but to strengthen the production guidance and sales business. The demands of union members are becoming even stronger than before. Almost 73 years ago, our seniors established the cooperative in anticipation of the original role of such agricultural cooperatives, and I think that their foresight is downright. The decline of agriculture and rural areas is scattered all over the country, and I am deeply saddened by the increase in idle devastated land. Because of this situation, agricultural cooperatives must return to the starting point of their role and strive to further exert their functions. While meeting the expectations of these members, we will work together with them to provide customers with safe, secure, and hearty delicious fruits, so please look forward to it. It was that. By the way, Mr. Takizawa, who works as the union leader, is also an officer of the Nagano City Agricultural Corporation. Location: Okada, Nakagosho, Nagano City (JA Nagano Kaikan 3rd floor): Agriculture in Nagano City is declining in vitality due to the decrease in the number of farmers due to the aging population and the shortage of successors, and the increase in damage to idle farmland and harmful birds and beasts, and the amount of agricultural output is decreasing. In order to solve these problems, it is necessary to unify the information, accumulation and know-how possessed by related organizations such as governments, agricultural cooperatives, and commercial contractors, and to establish a new organizational system that functions efficiently and effectively. Reconstruction of agricultural work support system, promotion of agricultural land use accumulation facilitation business, securing of training of diverse bearers, and farmers and consumers through business management in which farmers, agricultural organizations, commerce and industry businesses, and government are integrated It is said that the aim is to strengthen ties with urban residents and to contribute to the development of agriculture in Nagano City and the revitalization of local communities and economies. Going back to the story, Mt. Gassan is 1,984 meters above sea level, and is a rare semi-circular Aspide-type volcano in the world (formed by lava with little stickiness at the time of eruption, gentle slope and low height). Gassan Shrine is located at the summit of Omuro (respected residence). The summit forms a boundary with Haguro Town and Tachikawa Town, Higashitagawa District, and Nishikawa Town, Nishimurayama District, and the mountain range extends to Asahi-mura, Tsuruoka City and Okura Village, Mogami District. It seems that it was also called Mt. Gagyu and Mt. Kuroushi. Mount Yudono in the southwest is a tributary. This volcano consists of andesite lava that erupted on the basement of a tertiary layer of granite at an altitude of over 1,000 meters. It used to be called a typical Aspite-type volcano, but now it is a Conide-type volcano. It is believed to be a nearby volcano. The area around the summit is a wide gentle slope, and near the summit is Tachikawa Municipal Tachiyazawa, where Gassan Shrine (the main shrine and shrine office is Dewa Sanzan Shrine in Haguro Town) enshrines Tsukiyomi no Mikoto. The gentle slope north of the summit (about 1,460 meters above sea level) is called Midagahara, and the wetlands are dotted with small ponds called Iroha Shihachi Pond. To the northeast of Midagahara, descending from Kenkengamine, you will find Higashi-Fudaraku, a secret place for Shugendo, and the west side of the mountain has a steep exploding crater. It was revered as an object of faith from early on, and was often given a court rank after the establishment of Dewa Province. In 806, he was awarded two households (“Daido 1st year” Shinsho-kyakuchokufu-sho（A legal document written in the Heian period 1 volume. Regulations regarding imperial family, retainers, shrines and temples after the Nara period, including Daijo-kancho in 1913, which listed the futo of shrines and temples.）), and in August 876 he was promoted to Shosani (senior grade of the third court rank), and in 880 he was promoted to Junii (Junior Second Rank). Is described. It is said that these promotions were due to his miraculous performances during the rebellion of the prisoners of Dewa such as the Gangyo War. Relocated to Akumi District (mountain area is in Tagawa-gun), and is considered one of the three Akumi-gun shrines in the ‘Engishiki’ jinmyocho, Meishin Taisha. It is believed that this shrine was moved to Fukura, Akumi County (currently Yusa Town), which was close to the provincial government at that time, and was enshrined along with the Omonoimi Shrine. In the ‘Engi-shiki’ basic taxes-ryo, 2,000 bundles are recorded as the ‘Gassan Daimotsu-jinshinsai-go’. In the Middle Ages, Ryosho Shrine in Fukura became Dewa Province Ichinomiya. However, even after the relocation, it seems that the faith in the beautiful Mt. Gassan remained unchanged and deep, and as the above-mentioned Higashi-fudaraku and Midagahara names associated with Pure Land Buddhism indicate, it is one of the three sacred sites of mountain training. It becomes possible to be positioned in the picture. A stone tablet inscribed on March 1368 in present-day Yanbe Town, Yamagata City reads “Gassan Passer Yushu Tookami Hundreds,” demonstrating the strength of Gassan’s faith. In 1601 Yoshiaki Mogami (1546-1616: Born on New Year’s Day as the eldest son of Yoshimori, the 10th head of Yamagata). Given the word “justice”, he built the shrine on the top of the mountain. Haguro Shugendo was born against the backdrop of magnificent nature on the three mountains of Dewa located in the center of Yamagata Prefecture. Mt. Yudono is said to be the mountain of the future, where the red gigantic boulders from which hot water springs represent the birth of new life. Also, visiting the three mountains spread among the common people during the Edo period as a journey of rebirth, and with the support of the local people, it conveys the ancient Japanese connection between nature and faith in the mountains. The journey begins at the Temple Town, which represents the mundane world, and the Zuishinmon is the boundary that invites you to the sacred realm. On both sides of the stone steps of the road approaching a shrine, cedar trees that seem to cover the sky continue to the top of the mountain, giving visitors a sense of the spirit of nature and the awe of nature, moistening the mind and body. Dewa Sanzan is a general term for Mt. Haguro (414 m), Mt. Gassan (1,984 m), and Mt. Yudono (1,504 m), which rise in the center of Yamagata Prefecture. Boast. Mt. Haguro is said to have been founded by Emperor Sushun’s son, Prince Hachkono, about 1,400 years ago. Shugendo is a mountain worship unique to Japan that was born from a mixture of nature worship, Buddhism and esoteric Buddhism. The secret of Haguro Shugendo is that Mt. Haguro is a mountain that prays for happiness in this world (present), Mt. Gassan is a mountain that prays for peace and rebirth after death (past), and Mt. Yudono is a mountain that prays for rebirth (future). It seems that the pilgrimage of being able to be reborn as a new soul while still alive spread among the common people in the Edo period as a “journey to reincarnate” around the present, past and future. Nagano Prefecture’s own variety of Shinano Gold apples goes without saying, but the Gassan Nishiki cherry named Gassan is a yellow cherry variety brought to Japan from Dalian, China. I’ve heard only those managed by Tenkoen in Higashine. It has a refreshing yellow color, and when you take a bite, it is not sour and has a creamy, refreshing sweetness. It is a rare variety that even locals rarely eat.
Shinano Gold Apple is a variety with a perfect balance of sourness and sweetness. It seems that some people who ate apples while growing said that the taste was a little too sour. However, in 1993, the World Apple Exchange Conference held in Nagano Prefecture (in Japanese fruit farming), the appearance of promising varieties contributed greatly to the development of production areas. It seems that the evaluation has risen due to the high market and consumer evaluations such as appearance, taste and texture, as well as strategic aspects such as shipping timing. At this competition, we tasted and compared several varieties that can be harvested around October, such as “Shinano Sweet Apples”, and the participants highly praised them as “His No. 1 Shinano Gold Apples.”
On New Year’s Eve in 2006, it became a hot topic when it was sung by vocalist Masafumi Akikawa on NHK’s “57th Kouhaku Uta Gassen”. It was sung in that year’s Kouhaku, and in 2008, at the 59th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen, we will remember the famous song that touched the hearts of the birds and moved all of Japan. “A Thousand winds” was written and composed by a person named “Man Arai”. He was a composer, a lyricist, a singer, a photographer, an environmental video producer, and a picture book illustrator. He became involved with the Shonai region of Yamagata Prefecture, and since then has been deeply impressed by the great nature of Yamagata Prefecture, the sea and the mountains.
This excellent fruit is one of the late-harvesting varieties called late maturing varieties, and the harvest season is from mid-October to mid-December in Nagano Prefecture, and after late October in Aomori, Iwate, and Yamagata Prefectures. Since it takes time to sort and transport the fruit after harvesting, it is popular among general stores after it is transported to the fruit market.