The Rice Plant Given by Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami Brings about Miracles

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When I was talking with a farmer the other day, he told me an interesting story. According to him, people in his neighborhood have called rice plants hotokekusa(仏草、ホトケクサ)since a long time ago. Because rice plants grow up easily and it doesn’t take a lot of trouble to raise them, people have called it hotokekusa, meaning both  “a plant that can grow up without care” and  “a plant of Buddha.”  Hotoke means in Japanese ” to leave something alone” and “Buddha.” On the other hand, it takes much more trouble to raise wheat compared with rice, so wheat is low-yield.

  • according to A Aによると
  • raise 育てる
  • wheat 小麦
  • low-yield 生産性が落ちる

He told me that an American company monopolizes all cereal production of the world, controlling its market price, products and seed distribution. The seeds are genetically manipulated and are designed to die at the third generation, so farmers have to buy new seeds from the company. This company has been leading farmers all over the world to  do so, he said.

  • monopolize 独占する
  • cereal 穀物
  • seed 種子
  • distribution 販売
  • manipulate 操作する
  • lead A to-  Aに〜するよう仕向ける

Companies trying to monopolize a market are fearful. The company mentioned above could make a huge profit by raising grain prices with purchase of futures at the market. It also could prevent a country from trying to be be self-sufficient by manipulating the seeds of crops genetically so that they wither before the farmers know.

  • profit 利益
  • purchase of futures 先物買
  • prevent A from ~ing  Aが〜するのを妨げる
  • wither 枯れる

In Japan, the government still has been implementing acreage-reduction policy funded by tax payers’ money. This policy doesn’t allow farmers to grow much rice. It would be fearful if the huge American company contributed money to some Japanese politicians by laundering money artfully.

  • implement 実行する
  • acreage-reduction 減反
  • fund 資金を与える
  • allow 許す
  • contribute 寄付する
  • artfully 巧妙に

Japan is the Land of Vigorous Rice-Plants. Japanese myths say that the original seed of rice was sent from the World of Gods to the World of Reality by Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami(天照太御神). Even at the present day,  a strong, new variety of rice, named Isehikari(イセヒカリ), was born in Ise. It appeared suddenly in a sacred rice field of Ise Grand Shrine in the first year of Heisei era, when the Emperor acceded the throne.The rice is said to be strong, delicious and productive. Japan is the country that miracles of God happen. I’m sure the wind of God will blow there. She might eat up America.

  • myth  神話
  • the Emperor 天皇
  • accede  即位する
  • productive 多産性の

この国に 生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te    A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma SU

Thank you so much for keeping us alive here in Japan.

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