Konohana Family is a very unique community. This is a group of people who share their common sense, instead of personal property, and focus more on the spiritual wealth. Some members here are local farmers, others were originally from cities, but felt exhausted to the urban lifestyle and chose to return to rural area. I stayed in Konohana community for two days. During the two days, Konohana members showed me around their farms and facilities. The ecosystem here has been well protected by avoiding artificial fertilizer and chemicals. As a person who never had a chance to live in the rural area and only has some superficial understanding about farming, I was amazed by the fact that the ecosystem actually can be completely run by a very healthy and sustainable way.
Konohana group has a very interesting theory which explains how they see this world and universe the reason behind such believe. However, as for the people outside Konohana Family, instead of the theoretical aspect, I think it is more important for us to understand the harmony between human being and the nature. Many of us, voluntarily or involuntarily have been busy with our daily life. Many of us may easily feel physically tired and mentally depressed due to study, work and family life. When we feel lost about what we do, some of us are told to seek for professional help and we also tend to do so. However, after visiting Konohana community, I have realized that there could be a better way to deal with pressure, get relieved from stress and find the “true self” again. That is to go back to embrace the nature and have some close interactions with it. Just sitting in the rice farm land, listening to the sound of rain, and observing the cats’, etc. would always help.
I wish more people could have the opportunity to visit Konohana community in the near future. I believe many people could be very interested in this group and would like to find out more about them. I also hope by cooperating more with Konohana Family, I will bring many foreign youths and parents to visit and learn from this community, too. I sincerely wish the best to Konohana Family!