Step 1. Start with out-of-control grass, a few wild daisies and lots of weeds.
Step 2. Gather your favorite cutting tool.
Step 3. Hack away until you can see the stepping stones below the weeds.
Step 4. Bag up clippings and do research to figure out how to throw them away.
(They are rejected if put in burnable trash, any local Japanese friends wanna give advice?)
Step 5 Enjoy the hydrangeas and a conversation with the farmer who is flooding the rice paddy in preparation of planting rice.
I learned he works as a Junior High English teacher in a neighboring town. Studied American Literature in University and had noticed I was talking in English to my computer on the balcony earlier that morning. So he decided if he saw me outside he would say hi to me.
He told me I spoke "English beautifully!" =0).
Turns out he had seen/heard me as I was Skyping my family in Minnesota
and I was showing them (via my laptop computer) the rice paddy.
My 6 year old nephew had yelled out "Hi, Farmer Guy!"
I guess you never know just how far 'Minnesota Nice' will travel!