徳光 康平 Kohei Tokumitsu
Representative of ROOSTER, a poultry farm in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture
Located at the foothills of Mt. Kaikomagatake in Musashi town, Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, the Rooster farm was established in 2016, blessed with pristine water from the famous springs of the Southern Alps. It follows the European standards for animal welfare, offering a country-style, cage-free, and free-range chicken coop for egg production. In addition, it takes advantage of the ranch's location to provide various activities such as farm stays that showcase the beauty and offerings of the farm.
・ Participation in Nature Conservation Activities in the Southern Alps UNESCO Eco-Park Area ・ Language: Japanese
In its seventh year of poultry farming, Rooster not only produces eggs but also cultivates rice, vegetables, and other crops, practicing sustainable agriculture in the mountainous region. The farm promotes agriculture as a hobby, allowing individuals to engage in hobby farming while embracing the principles of circular farming. In addition to agriculture, the farm offers activities such as deer and wild boar hunting, as well as mountain climbing. We can provide suggestions on enjoyable ways to explore the woodlands that are beginner-friendly.
Q: What is your most memorable experience in nature?
The sounds of rutting male deer during the breeding season, the scent of freshly turned soil after a heavy rain, the intense summer sunlight and vibrant greenery, the crisp air and clear night sky of winter—sensations experienced through our five senses always leave a lasting impression. However, the most memorable experience was when I caught my first wild boar through trap hunting. It was a massive boar with three legs, raging and untamed. The sensation of its life colliding directly with my inexperienced self was truly terrifying.
Q: What does nature represent to you?
Nature allows us to realize how incredibly small we are when we immerse ourselves in the intricate web of living beings and the cycle that encompasses life and death. It reminds us of our humble existence within the grand scheme of things.
Q: What has nature taught you?
Nature is uncontrollable, brimming with life and death. Within it, we come to realize that righteousness and arrogance hold no meaning. We learn to accept and embrace this truth, fostering a sense of awe and reverence.
Q: What do you hope that people will get out of experiences with you as a guide?
A chance to reconsider what kind of lifestyle we will create in the future. We want to meet, nurture, create and talk with you.