Futonorito Brown Rice – Part 1

森羅万象第6巻 表紙

About one year ago, my Kenzoku-shin, a spiritual being serving God, suggested me that I should be ready to buy new rice produced in the twentieth year of Heisei period, the year of 2008. The reason was that the rice, called Futo Norito Rice, would be auspicious rice. I asked some questions about the reason many times, but it didn’t answer.

  • suggest 提案する
  • produce 生産する
  • auspicious 縁起が良い

According to the revelation, I had to buy enough of the brown rice for my family to eat for several years. So I had been thinking how to preserve the brown rice for one year. If brown rice is preserved at room temperature, it gets verminous in a year. So I had no choice but to buy a refrigerator for rice.

  • preserve 保存する
  • previous 前の
  • temperature 温度
  • verminous 虫のついた

Around May this year, the Kenzoku-shin told the same thing again strongly, so I explained about it to my family. They said they didn’t want to eat old rice from the next year on or that the refrigerator would cost a lot in electricity. At that time, I heard the news that the price of rice or grain was rising abroad. Asking an acquaintance engaged in farming about it, I was told that the price of fertilizer for rice had already risen by as much as 60%.

  • electricity 電気
  • grain 穀物
  • acquantance 知り合い
  • engaged 従事した
  • fertilizer 肥料

Checking on it on the Internet, I found that a law was going to be passed in the U.S. and China that ban the export of raw material of fertilizer from the next year on as a national policy. “Japan has no material for the fertilizer,” the acquaintance  said. Then, I felt a foreboding that the main reason I had to buy the brown rice lay in the change of the content of the fertilizer or the ingredients of pesticide. The modern mechanized rice cultivation is subject to the rise in price of gasoline. I think the price of rice will rise, or the same at best, in general.

  • ban 禁じる
  • export 輸出
  • raw material 原料
  • national policy 国策
  • foreboding 予感
  • content 中身
  • ingredient 成分
  • subject 影響を受ける
  • at best 良くても

My wife agreed to my proposal of buying brown rice, knowing the real information, but she complained that she never wanted to put such an ugly refrigerator in the kitchen. Well, I was beaten. I showed her a catalog of refrigerators I got at Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, but she said “I don’t like it. It looks like a locker.” I couldn’t find any refrigerator online my wife would like.

  • complain 不平を言う
  • be beaten 参る

One day, in mid-June, when I was driving on business, I caught the sight of an exhibition by a local vendor of farm machines. I found it on the road I seldom travelled. I pulled up my car and stood in the entrance to find that the exhibition was open to the public. So I entered it, where I found a simple, silver and square -type refrigerator for brown rice, whose maker was a company specializing in heating unit.

  • exhibition 展示会
  • vendor 販売店
  • seldom めったに〜ない
  • pull up A Aを停める
  • the public 一般の人々
  • heating unit 暖房器具

I felt this was good and after I finished my work, I took her there to show it. She agreed to buy it so I bought it at a discount. It cost 160,000 yen including tax. It preserves rice up to 42 kilograms. Also it can preserve other things too, such as a case of beer, vegetables and so on. The inside temperature can be adjusted to 7 degrees. On the way back home, my wife said it was an expensive one, but I managed to convince her by telling her that according to the Kenzoku-shin, the value of money was going down, so it would be sensible to change money for things.

To be continued.

  • including A Aを含めて
  • adjust 調整する
  • degree 度
  • convince 納得させる
  • sensible 賢明な

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 me/us alive.

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