Mi-chan: The Fabled Goat of Yugawara
While our office is located in Omotesando, Akiya Hunter Matt Ketchum relocated from Tokyo to Yugawara last year to integrate with the local community, learn about Inaka lifestyles, and, of course, scope out some killer akiya. Oh, and to reduce the likelihood of contracting Coronavirus, too.
As a result, we’ve come to know Masato, a retired engineer and akiya enthusiast who, a few years ago, purchased an abandoned corporate retreat and single-handedly converted it into Share House Yugawara. As a result, he also picked up some abandoned farmland which needed to be reclaimed from the wild.
With his background, Masato isn’t averse to using industry-accepted tools, however as a DIY pro and talented recycler, he prefers to implement more sustainable, natural practices. Livestock is a well-known solution for cutting back overgrowth, and goats rule supreme in that category. After a bit of research, Masato was able to locate and acquire the Goat with the Most: the venerable Mi-chan!