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Rice-planting event held at the rice field Waseden

A rice-planting ceremony and rice-planting event by kindergarten students were held on May 24th at Waseden, a rice field within Okuma Garden. Waseden was created in 2004 in order to restore rice within the grounds of Waseda University, which was a rural area in the past.

During the morning ceremony, rice planting was started by President Kamata, Director Maeda of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), and Professor Emeritus Minehiro Nakajima. The afternoon rice-planting event included participation from 19 students of the Shinjuku Ward Waseda Kindergarten. Before entering Waseden to plant rice, the kindergarten students received an explanation on how rice is made from Waseda students affiliated with the NPO Agriculture School. This rice-planting workshop began from the desire to let children living in the city experience agriculture. The kindergarten students worked together with university students and enjoyed the process of raising crops. The event served as dietary education for the children, increasing their interest in the actual farming of rice which they eat every day. Everyone is looking forward to the growth of the rice which was planted.

From left: Representatives of the Agriculture School, President Kamata, MAFF Director Maeda, Professor Emeritus Nakajima