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Film making “An international Student visits to Dutch organic farm run by female enterpreneurs “

Rural Development, Communication and Innovation and Gender students in Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Science made two films in Media Design for Social Change module 2016.

Media Design for Social Change Module 2016

The objective of this filming is to visualise through the eyes of International Student in the Netherlands in order to contribute to the development of e-learning materials for the module on Agricultural and Rural Service delivery and Social Entrepreneurship of ARI PhD Programme at Makerere University, Uganda.

These films were produced by 2 groups.

Eagle Studio visualises the shortened value chain of vegetables from working on the farm, vegetable bags distributing to consumers and shops directly from the farm, while visiting the farm and talking with the farmers and customers in the shop. The film visualises a case study of the production of a vegetables value chain through the eyes of International Students in the Netherlands.

The title is “Is she a farmer or an entrepreneur? An international visit to an organic farm in the Netherlands”.


While, Creative studio portrayed the young women entrepreneurs in agriculture in the Netherlands. The title is “Why did she choose to be a farmer? An international visit to Dutch female farmers”.


In a pre-production phase, students conducted research relevant to each subjects in order to understand deeply, and discuss their style and design of these films.

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Discussion in Eagle Studio

The footage for these films was recorded on 31 May 2016 at organic horticultural farm, Tuinderij De Stroom in Randwijk, the Netherlands run by three female entrepreneurs, and organic shop Lazuur where their clients can take their vegetable bags. Students from the both studio played a role as actor and/or actress, besides took responsibilities of taking list and assistant director as film crew.


Anmoniche Mtvewe (RDG) was impressed that these people on this farm is very organised. So he states “The filming on this farm was very good idea”. Furthermore, Linda Njoku (RDC) states “I will show this film to anybody, not to farmers also but to other people”.

In a post production phase, the transcript and the script were made from the footage and students discussed for a long time in order to prepare for the script.

The both studio watched and discussed the edited script. The films from two studio had a somehow overlapped such as sound, whereas they looked different films from the editing style and the objective. They discussed the effective order of reflection in Eagle studio film. In addition, the effectiveness of a private view from Nurul Aeni (RDG) in Creative studio film was also discussed. Dalawit Kahsay (RDG) stated “The informal discussion in Creative studio film will motivate women to become a farmer”.

The actresses commented, Tiwalola Akinsola (RDC): “It’s nice but I was a bit consciously”, Linda: “Watching the film remind me of the day” and Nurul: “ I am still nervous but nice informal and personal movie”.

Trend in Japanese “French Fries” market

Fried potatoes arrived in Japan in 1970 thanks to Osaka Expo!

Recently, the consumption of table potatoes is decreasing whereas, the consumption of “processing potatoes” is moderately increasing. (505,000 ton in 2013) Especially, the consumption of frozen potatoes per person is remarkable. (112,000 ton in 2013)

Amount of import (frozen potatoes) was 385,000 ton in 2012. The main export country is the USA, China, Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium. This number is increasing every year.

Recently, “Friets” made of European variety is becoming popular instead of “McDonald’s” and “KFC” fried potatoes. Fries are no longer “Junk Food”!!

Fries made of Agria in the Netherlands

One of famous 24-hour opened convenience stores, Lawson, launched a new style “French Fries” made of “Bintje” grown in Belgium, NL, France and Germany in 2015.


Other convenience store, Ministop, provides 4 different kinds of potato snacks.
1) A thick cut: Bintje? (Germany)
2) Hushed potato: Hokkai kogane (Hokkaido/Japan)
3) Natural cut: (USA)
4) X fried potato: Agria (Germany)

Of course, Danshaku (Irish Cobbler) still dominates a Japanese potato market even in a processing industry.

I hope that a healthy (hippy) burger and fries culture will be common in Japan soon!

Source: Ministry of Agriculture(2013)

Great BBQ made by a great farmer

I visited “in’t Anker farm” in Zeeland, south part of the Netherlands. Though the farm land situate under the sea level, not big problem for cultivation because the Netherlands has a great irrigation system.

In the farm, winter wheat,sugar beet, sugar mais, potatoes for fried potatoes, seed potatoes and onion are cultivated. As well as that the family farm takes care of 70-80 cows including calves and bulls in nature area.

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Seed potatoes

As you might have known, the Netherlands is one of the biggest seed potato exporters. This is the reason over 1,600 seed potato specialist cultivate them in 35,000-38,000 ha and over 950,000 ton were harvested every year. 70% of the harvested seed potatoes is exported all over the world!

The farm also cultivates Agria, breed by Agrico, as seed potatoes. Agria has long round shape, peel and tuber color are light yellow and can be used for table potatoes and processing potatoes.

The farm adopts 5 rotation(winter wheat, sugar beets, sugar mais, onion, potatoes) though 3 rotation(wheat, sugar beet, potato) or 4(wheat, onion, sugar beet, potatoes) is common in the Netherlands. Additionally, when they use 50-60mm seed potatoes, they are cut half normally. However, he has a different policy like not using knife. Because it has a risk for spreading diseases.

Through the story, I am impressed on the safety policy!!



Not only for research and interview but also I enjoyed delicious BBQ there!
I felt reliable because I faced the great family who had grown the ingredients and understood how to grow them.
Of course, I liked their very kind hospitality and personality!


The farm has a grocery shop which you can buy their and their neighbour products.
I highly recommend to drop in Dutch farmers to buy the true products!!

●Practical information

Boerderijwinkel  “in ’t Anker”
address: Schoorse Bredeweg 1, 4423 PA Schore
tel: NL 0113-341455
web page: http://www.boerderijwinkelintanker.nl/
e-mail: info@boerderijwinkelintanker.nl
open: on Saturdays from 8:00 to 12:00 pm and on Wednesday from 14:00 to 18:00.
On the other days, they can open when they are at home. Closed on Sundays.

Process of learning generates a difference

My friend is taking a make-up master course in Amsterdam.
I went to the school to be a model because her teacher suggested to bring Asian model for a practice.
It was my pleasure to be a part of  her practice 🙂

The course was impressive way to learn make-up for me!

In the morning, the teacher showed the example of  today’s make-up style.
(though I was not be there in the morning)

In the afternoon, each student created their own style make-up based on the teacher’s example in the class room.
Color, material, balance seem to be free choice.
Teacher and her tutors went around and sometimes gave advice to my friend.
However, everyone  gets their make up on.

I guess Dutch innovative mind comes from education or process of learning.

On the other hand, in Japan I remember that we had to follow teacher’s technique in school art class.
Once I draw my favorite motif, teacher let me start it over.
In Japan, skill with the basic is more important than artistic creation.
After we acquire the fundamental skill, we believe artistic aspect should be learned.

Difficult to say which is better, but apparently, it is different between 2 countries!
It might be reason why Japan has a lot of manufacturer and the Netherlands has leading IT and consulting industry.


Potato variety (1) Agria

As an individual research project, I will introduce some Dutch potato varieties to you.

I cannot explain of Dutch potatoes without referring to “Agria”.
So this time I mention Agria.

The breeding had been finished in 1986. In spite of quite old variety, it is still one of the most brilliant and promising varieties in the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands you can easily find this variety in Albertheijn and/or Patat (French Fries) stand.
I believe most people living in the Netherlands have already eaten it unconsciously!

The following is basic information

– Skin color is yellow
– Tuber color is yellow
– Tuber shape is oval long
– Tuber size is big
– Early maincrop
– High yield
– Quite floury cooking type

Agria is suitable for a range of uses including French Fries, processing, organic purpose as well as table potatoes.

How to cook
I like making handmade French Fries using this variety.
Agria is quite floury but chewy character, thus, it would be suitable for French Fries, baked potato and Japanese potato salad(not completely mashed different from Dutch creamy potato salad).

Tubers have some resistance to Golden nematode: RO 1 and 4 and quite resistance to Spraing, Erwinia, Yn-virus, Yntn-virus and Late Blight-tuber.

However it has low resistance to Golden nematode: PA 2 and 3, Common Scab, Powdery Scab, Blackleg, Wart disease 1, 2 and 6.

Harvested Agria! The stem is longer than other varieties.

Mixture of Cultures; Markthal

Markthal opens from 1st Oct in Rotterdam!

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It is the first indoor market in the Netherlands!
I think “indoor market” is great idea because the Netherlands is a changeable-weather country.
Combined with residency apartment, parking and enterprises.


Inside the unique architecture, there are approximately 60 grocery shops in the spacious place.
Many shops are selling local products such as cheese made in Rotterdam.
As well as that you can find some unique vegetables(I found Japanese “Shishito” but it was 14 euro!!!!).

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I would like to mention two crucial points in the market.


In the market you can find unfamiliar products easily.
This vegetable shop introduces some unique vegetable (from exotic to new variety) to customers via consultant and/or workshop. During our visit, kids came into the shop for their school trip to discover new vegetables!

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The herbs are really unique!!! One of them tastes like garlic, the other one is cucumber, another is oyster…
Can you imagine it??


The fungus shop was also attractive!!
Have you ever seen such PINK fungi?

2) Mixture of various cultures

In the market there are some different-flavour shops and cafes like Chinese, Moroccan, Indonesian, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, Suriname and etc..
It is crucial to be run by people who originally came from the country.
It means “Authentic cuisine”!

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I love exotic cuisine, for instance, Turkish, Moroccan, Indonesian and Suriname food!
Fortunately, I know such shops in Amsterdam, but I sometimes hesitate to step inside a shop because in the shop people from the country hang out with acquainted shopper and a clerk so I become acutely aware that I am a stranger for them.

However, in the market, the shops are situated in open space and the decoration/design are modern.
So everyone even us can stop in the interesting shops without any hesitation and has an opportunity to talk with clerks who know their own food better than us.

I think the behaviour is a big first step to accept different cultures naturally.
The Markthal is one of the important place for cultural interchange!

* Be careful, don’t buy the products in the market without checking the price! Some shops are super luxury.
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Secret garden between buildings

Honestly, I don’t want to write about the secret garden… to keep it secret!

This ALMATUIN is unique atmosphere and laid-back place in Amsterdam Zuid, busy business area.
Originally, it was a school garden. They moved place this year and now they rent 128 small square gardens based on Permaculture.


However, they do not only rent a garden, but also organize various workshop such as yoga, cooking, gardening… and training course, party and etc!!!

I would love to remark that the outside cafe is great!


Not luxury! Not precious table setting! Self-service! Self-payment in a jar! Good price!
If you love natural flavour and garden scenery, you can sit in the garden sipping a cup of organic tea!
※caution; coffee is unfortunately made by senseo.

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I enjoyed the delicious beans and bacon quiche! Of course, the beans were harvested in ALMATUIN!

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In Japan, my grandparents used to have their own edible garden. Hens…as well!
It was common to make our own food in the garden until 70s/80s although it is in the city.
However, the garden was changing to parking lot and new building… Nowadays I rarely find it… 😦

On the other hand, young generation are enthusiastic about gardening in balcony and/or city garden!
Differently from the Netherlands, most Japanese renters work in garden weekends only because we work in office until late evening 😦  In weekdays some employed administrative men are watering, weeding…
That’s why the rental cost is twice as expensive as Dutch garden.

Let’s enjoy social life as well as working!
Let’s be lazy sometimes!

Local Goods and Foods

“Local production for Local consumption”
=地産地消 (chisan-chisyo in Japanese) is being a hot topic all over the world.

I went to Indie Brands LOCAL GOODS weekend market in Amsterdam.
On the market, products purely designed and made in Amsterdam are sold – food and non-food!

1) Coconut yogurt made by Abbot Kinney’s.
Inspired by souvenir from Los Angels, they started making it suitable for vegans and people with lactose intolerance.

2) Special local sausages made by Vanboef since 2014 (really brand new) are tasty.
They are made in the heart of Amsterdam!


3) As a lunch… Bulls and Dogs’s hot dog was super delicious!
It is one of the best hot dogs in Amsterdam! Of course, the sausage is made by Amsterdam butcher!

And…They are lots of attractive clothes, shoes, plant, box, coffee, pie, stationery, bicycle and etc etc..
Everything is produced locally! Despite they don’t mind if the ingredient/raw material are grown/produced in Amsterdam, everyone knows where the ingredient/material comes from.

and it was held in a former tram depot, it is really Amsterdam!
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On the other hand, in Japan chisan-chisyo is defined as “local grown for local consumption” by Ministry of Agriculture since 1981.
So it is kinds of local authority-led policy and movement not led-creators and city planners.
During the research, I have known that my hometown Aichi is the No.1 amount of production of cabbage, shiso, fig and quail egg.
I am proud of the fact, however, I prefer more creative projects using the local products not only serious one.

I think that things we, japanese should learn from Amsterdam is flexible thinking, light-footwork and creativity!













Vegetables (Europe vs Japan)

I was really surprised to watch a Japanese TV programme about a Dutch agriculture.

According to the programme, the Netherlands has made it the second world’s leading exporter in agricultural fields including “Smartagri”, which is a unique automated IT system specific for agriculture.

On the other hand, Japan faces a crisis with an agricultural fields because now we rely on imports for about half our food supply and the number of self-sufficient rate is decreasing.

So the programme said that we should follow the Dutch agricultural system and idea.

I’ll talk about the issue anytime soon but today I’m going to talk about what different vegetables are there in Europe and Japan.


Firstly, I was impressed to see beet, chicory and root celery. Probably, they exist in Japan but they’re not familiar to us.


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We can enjoy a tasty beet salad in the Netherlands.


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I like a chicory gratin with ham.
Due to the price in Japan, maybe chicory is not common.
As below, they are packed separately and seem to be gorgeous, aren’t they?

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Root celery

Actually, I don’t know a correct recipe of root celery but I’ve had a soup and salad.
These were much more tasty than the appearance.

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Next, I’ll show Japanese/Asian unique vegetables to you.

I miss “Shungiku”, “Shiso”, “Yuzu”, “Myouga” and “Gobo” because it’s impossible to find them in Amsterdam except Shiso(Someone grows Shiso as a herb) and Gobo(thanks to BIO).
Probably, you cannot imagine them from the name.

Shungiku(garland chrysanthemum)

The smell is very unique thus I’m attracted even though I hated it in childhood.
I like using it as an ingredient of “Nabe” (like a shabushabu, shukiyaki).

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There are two kinds, one is Green and the other one is red.
They also have a unique smell and various efficacy.
For instance, it effects an antiseptic property and regulates the functions of the intestines.

I love eating them with sushi or salad, however, it’s possible to use it as a pesto like a basil.

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You might have already known “Yuzu” because I can enjoy a tasteful ice cream with Yuzu flavour in Amsterdam.
Yuzu’s peel is a key flavour for Japanese traditional dishes and desserts.
Not only dishes but you also can make Yuzu jam and dissolve it with hot water to have a cup of delicious Yuzu tea.

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It’s called “Japanese ginger” but I don’t think so.
It’s refreshing taste and used as a seasoning.
It’s NOT star BUT fascinating supporting role!

Gobo(burdock roots)

They seem to be branch! Maybe for Europeans it must be awful to try them.
However, they’re good for your health because they are rich in dietary fiber.

If you’re interested, you can find them in BIO market, Turkish shop or Chinese shop in Amsterdam.


I still have tons of unknown food/drink/vegetable between European and Asian.
Therefore, when I find an interesting vegetable, I’ll share it to you!