An ugly grey area of wall below the Arfican Garden has now been brought to life by two of our volunteers. 

First we had Scott (3rd from left below), an artist from America, who came in December and painted most of our - 'International Tree'. You should be able to tell that each fruit on the tree represents a country of one of our volunteers. So far we have 21 countries on there. Here's the full list.

UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Singapore, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Malaysia, Belgium, 
Bulgaria, USA, South Africa, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Japan

Mural 1

Group Photo 29

Then Yuam, from Korea / USA came recently, touched up the tree and then created the rest which shows some of the plants and animals from our land and surrounding area. There are wild boar, millipedes, bamboo, racoons, giant crows, and more. 

Mural 3
Mural 2


We still have half the wall empty for a future artist to cover. 

Thanks to Scott and Yuam

Visit Scott's website at 


Our raised bamboo beds and bamboo fence are finished and we are actually eating some of our own home grown food now. The fence has done it's job well in keeping the hungry pigs and racoons out. This time last year when we still had the flimsy excuse for a barrier the pigs or racoons came and devoured all our potatoes, but this year not a single potato has been stolen. 

As there is still so much work to be done in other areas we are not in full production yet but we are doing much better than last year. At the moment we have growing - potatoes, radishes, sweetcorn, aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers, pak chio, peas, lettuce, carrots, beetroot, asparagus, pumpkins, water melons, peanuts, shizo, parsley, rosemary, camomile, lemon balm, lemon grass, thyme, oregano, basil and mint.

The next step is to get some type of cover down on the paths and we have sourced some free horse manure which we will gradually mix into the beds to improve the soil structure. We put chicken manure down already which has added a lot of nutrients, especially nitrogen, but it hasn't improved the soil structure much which the horse manure will do a better job of. 

Here some pics and thanks to all the volunteers who worked on the garden but are no longer here, sorry you can't eat any of it!

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  • Peas.rotated

  • Thyme

  • Oregano

  • Mulberry

  • Sweetcorn

  • Biwa

  • Parsley

  • Shizo

  • Beetroot

  • Pak-Choi

  • Aubergine

  • Camomile

  • Carrots

  • Herbs

  • Lettuce

  • Potatoes

  • Tomatoes

  • Radish



One of our recent volunteers, Peter Ugilionici, is an amazing artist, particularly at cartoons. So we asked him to draw our three permanent residents, the real bosses of Slowlife Japan, namely Tama, Mi and Kobe - Chan. When Jonathan bougt the property I think the cats came with it. As you know from out previous article Tama-Chan was recently appointed to the position of Garden Master

If you would like Peter to do some artist for you then we can put you in touch


tama chan for blogMi_Chan_for_blog.png





cats all for blog 

We also built a cat house and put the potraits outside but somehow they must be getting scared off by their own image as they don't seem to use it and prefer to find shelter elsewhere.



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