My WWOOF experience at Nakagomi Orchards was 100% positive.
In total, I stayed on the orchard for over 1 month and I even returned twice to visit in the years following.
I have been travelling and working in Asia for 4 years! Japan was the place I started my travels and in the 4 years of travelling I would consider TWO of the hundreds of places that I've visited home. Nakagomi Orchard is one of my homes, Fressegasse Restaurant in Karuizawa is another, and Toronto, Canada, my birth place, is as well.
Kazu an his family were NEVER rude to to me or their customers in my presence.
We worked for 8 hours a day but were treated VERY well. On our days off we were taken to Mt. Fuji and taken out to restaurants on occasion. We were given drinks and whatever food we wanted during out breaks and we could talk with fellow WWOOFers and work at whatever pace we wanted to work.
During my stay at Nakagomi Orchard there were a total of 11 volunteers besides me and every one of us enjoyed our time. Two girls from Thailand even returned to Nakagomi Orchards a year or two after I met them volunteering on the farm. Their farming practices may not be ethical in some people's eyes but a WWOOF host is not required to farm organically and they're allowed to make money from their farming. I don't agree with burning garbage and I told Kazu that I didn't agree. If he decides to continue doing so then I can't hate him for it.
I don't know what else to say!
If Van didn't like the work environment then he should have left! If he thought he was being asked to work too long then he could have asked to work less! During my stay I asked Kazu for a day off and he immediately said yes!
I'm sorry for his discontent while staying at Nakagomi Orchards but they were the opposite of how I felt!
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