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The petunias are beginning to bloom!

The petunias are beginning to bloom!

With the warm weather recently, the flower have started blooming earlier then last year. The flowers are just beginning to bud, but in no time the valley will be covered in vibrant color. The pink flowers blooming in beautiful contrast to the blue sky and Boso Mountains in the Kujyukuri Valley make for picturesque scenery!
Don't miss out on the chance to see it for yourself ♪
For up to date information on the flowers, see the link below.
 

New born♡

Our last lamb to be born this year was born on 3/20 (Tuesday)☆

The staff let out a sigh of relief with the end of the birthing season.

This year, 50 mother sheep gave birth to 65 adorable lambs. Mother Farm has been bustling since the start of spring!

We look forward to their healthy growth and development♡

Be sure to visit Mother Farm and catch a peek of the baby lambs while they are still young, innocent, and prancing about♪

Two Big Picking Events in Spring

■Strawberry Picking■
Mother Farm’s strawberry picking is not all you can eat, but rather is priced by weight. We recommend it for visitors who do not want to worry about time or would like to bring small children who cannot eat very much★
Since you only pay for what you pick, the price is incredibly reasonable! After picking, enjoy your strawberries in the pasture where we have a break area complete with condensed milk for dipping.
The strawberries are grown in a 3 dimensional 7 layer tall hydroponics system. This way of growing means that facilities have large walkways with easy access to strawberries while standing or in a wheel chair.

◆Date◆1/13(Tentative)- Late May
*Closed on Tuesdays.
◆Time◆
January・・・Weekends and Holidays 9:30~ (Weekdays 10:00~ )
February・・・Weekends and Holidays 9:00~ (Weekdays 9:30~)
◆Place◆ Fruit Farm

◆Fee◆ 200 JPY per person and 200 JPY per 100g
(Ex: 300g of strawberries is 800 JPY)
*First come basis/ Will close based on field conditions.
*Not all you can eat.

 

■Fruit Tomato Picking■
At Mother Farm’s tomato picking, you can choose from 5 varieties of mini tomatoes including Aiko, Yellow Aiko, Cindy Sweet, Tuscan Violet, and Piccolo Canaria (orange tomato). There is a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and you can pick as many as you like.

◆Date◆12/23(Holiday Saturday) – Late May
*Closed Wednesdays.
◆Time◆Weekends and Holidays 9:00~
*January 9:30~
        Weekdays 13:00~14:00
◆Place◆Fruit Farm (East Fields)

◆Fee◆100 JPY per person and 150 JPY per 100g
*First come basis/ Will close based on field conditions.
*Not all you can eat.

Spring Fest Meet the baby lambs!

■Grand Sheep March《“Love” written by Sheep》■

Special Valentine Event! At Mother Farm’s famous “Grand Sheep March,” the marching sheep move in such a way to write out different symbols. Spring is a time overflowing with hope, birth, and love, so the sheep will spread out across the pasture forming a heart. One lucky couple will also be able to enter the heart and profess their love!! In order to move the sheep around, perfect coordination between the shepherd and sheep dogs is needed. Come and see this display of exquisite coordination between man and animal.

●Date● 2/10(SAT)~18(SUN)
●Time● 12:30~(About 15 min)
●Place● Sheep Pasture

●Admission● FREE
*Canceled in the case of rain.
*No dogs allowed.

 

■A Lamb’s Story■

Spring is for the lambs as well as a time for new life. Watch as the newly born lambs grow, from their birth to when they separate from their mother. At first, they are inseparable from their mom, but not long after they can be seen frolicking with other lambs and grazing all by themselves. This day-to-day transition is what makes up the “Lamb’s Story” and it is about to begin.

 

■The Birth of a Lamb■
Baby lambs will start being born at the “Sheep Pasture,” the rush begins between February and March!! If you are lucky, you might just see one born with your own eyes!
◆Date◆ 2/3(SAT)~3/30(FRI)
◆Time◆ 10:30~16:00
◆Place◆ Sheep Pasture

 

★Hear from the Caregivers★

Each day after the “Grand Sheep March,” the animal caregivers introduce the sheep’s behaviors and characteristics. Back by popular demand is last year’s public weigh-in of the baby lambs in buckets. Don’t miss your chance to get an adorable photo!!
◆Date◆ 2/3(SAT)~18(SUN) Holiday Weekend
◆Time◆ 13:00~13:15

◆Place◆ Sheep Pasture

◆Admission◆ FREE

■Baby Lamb’s First Grazing■

It’s finally time to make their debut!
The adorable little lambs enjoy grazing with their mother.
It is their first time out in the world and they are full of excitement and anticipation! Some of the lambs make sure to stay close to mom, while others are more adventurous and explore. Don’t miss this chance to see the lambs during their first graze!

●Date● 2/17(SAT)~3/30(FRI)
●Time● 12:50~16:00

●Place● Sheep Pasture

●Admission● FREE
*No dogs allowed.
*Entering the pen is prohibited.
*Canceled in the case of rain.

 

■Raising Sheep■

At the end of the birthing season, it is time for mother sheep to turn their efforts to raising their little lambs. After spending a short amount of time as mother and child in the birthing pen, the pair are united with other mother and baby lambs to get used to living with the herd. Seeing other sheep for the first time, the lambs are overflowing with curiosity. Check out the lambs at play, teasing each other, throwing tantrums, and all.
◆Date◆ 3/31(SAT)~5/11(FRI)
◆Time◆ 10:30~16:00
◆Place◆ Sheep Pasture

 

■Meet Mother and Lamb for the First Time■

Mother and baby lamb leisurely graze in the newly greening pasture. Not only a great photo opportunity, but also a chance to meet the baby lambs! It is their first time meeting the guests, so be sure to approach slowly. Their wool is so soft and fluffy♪
●Date● 5/12(Sat)~27(SUN)

●Time● Grazing Time13:00~16:00
Meeting Time 1)13:15 2) 15:40 (Each 20 min)
●Place● Sheep Pasture
●Admission● FREE
*No dogs allowed.
*Canceled in the case of rain.

 

■Baby Lamb Photo Studio■

Don’t forget the camera! Here is your chance to get a picture with the adorably fluffy baby lambs.

◆Date◆ 2/24(SAT)~4/22(SUN)

◆Time◆ ①10:45  ②13:15  ③15:15
※Weekends ①・② Only. (Each about 30 min)

◆Place◆ Multipurpose Hall “Baby Lamb Photo Studio”
◆Admission◆ FREE
*Pictures will be taken with guests’ cameras.
*Participation may be limited due to animal conditions.

For one day only! Capybara Bath ~Citron Version~

Now at Mother Farm, we are holding our “Capybara Bath” event, but on December 22nd (Friday), we will have a one day only winter solstice event “Capybara Bath ~Citron Version~.” It is said that infusing bath water with cintron on the day of the winter solstice is a way to avoid catching a cold.

Our two capybara stand still, their eyes squinted as the staff pour water over each of their backs. In the “Citron Version,” our staff have infused the water with fragrant “Citron” and Mother Farm picked “Mikan Oranges.” Enjoying both the aroma and the taste (!?), the adorable capybara warm up in the water♡

Nearby the bath, we will have a bucket filled with “Citrons” and “Mikan Oranges,” as well as the 20cm long “Lion Citron.”

■Bath Time■
◆Date◆ 2017/12/22 (FRI)

◆Time◆ 15:15~ (About 15min)

◆Place◆ Fureai Pasture
◆Fee◆ Free *May be canceled due to weather or animal conditions

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For Christmas Only! Christmas Zip Line Open❤

Glide through the air together with a friend connected by a fateful red string (red rope!?) decorated in hearts♪

Enjoy the view and walk in tandem through the air♡ Get a commemorative photo as well, making for the perfect Christmas memory♪

【Date】 12/23 (Sat/Holidays) – 12/25 (Mon)

【Time】 ≪12/23, 12/24≫ 9:30-12:00 ≪12/25≫ 10:30-12:00
【Price】 2,600 JPY (2 Person Price)

【Target Audience】 For eligible groups of two, eligibility below.
(Elementary School age to 69 years old, over 120cm tall, weight between 30kg and 110kg)

※Depending on height and weight, tandem riding may not be allowed.
 ※Tandem ride includes outward-bound ride only.
 ※May be canceled due to weather.
 ※Commemorative photo is by request only, riders must supply a camera.

⭐Christmas at Mother Farm
"Reindeer Sheep" and Santa Make Their Appearance
Gel Candle Making
X'mas Mini Rare Cheese Cake Making
An Adorably Delicious Snowman!?

An Adorably Delicious Snowman!?

Enjoy this seasonal menu item for a limited time only at Mother Farm! This snowman chowder is made using our handmade sausage.
A snowman made of rice, surrounded by chowder filled with delectable handmade sausage, be sure to grab a bite before it’s gone♡

【 Sales Date 】 Now until 12/25 (Mon)
 【 Vendor 】 Mother Factory Restaurant
【 Sales Price 】 1,180 JPY(inc. tax)

●Christmas at Mother Farm
"Reindeer Sheep" and Santa Make Their Appearance
Gel Candle Making
X'mas Mini Rare Cheese Cake Making

Winter Fest Opens Soon!

Next year is the “Year of the Dog,” and this winter Mother Farm will be focusing on our sheep dogs with a ton of shows with the Makiba Animals. There will be all sorts of events to enjoy such as commemorative photo shoots with the sheep dogs, sheep dog challenges, the “Great Sheep March– Year of the Dog Edition” (our annual event in which 150 sheep line-up to form Chinese characters in the field), as well as horseback riding, events for good luck, and much more!


(An image of rapeseed blossoms. Rapeseed blossoms: mid-February~mid-April  )

As usual, early spring flowers such as “daffodils” and “rapeseed blossoms,” as well as “fruit tomato” and “strawberry” picking will also be available to enjoy♪So warm up with one of our many events, this winter at Mother Farm.


(An image of daffodils. Daffodils: until mid-February  )

Dates: 2017/12/9 – 2018/1/28

●The Sheep Dogs Join In!
Winter Animal Events


(An image of "The Great Sheep March")


(An image of "Fortune Pony")

Next year is the Year of the Dog and we have a ton of great events including a pony fortuneteller, a sheep marching event where 150 sheep line-up to form Chinese characters in the field, and many more events with our sheep dogs!
★Details Here
Try Sheep Herding! A showdown with the Sheep Dogs!
Farm Photo Study – Say Cheese with the Sheep Dogs
The Great Sheep March
Try your luck while horseback riding?!
Fortune Pony

●Start the year off with a magnificent leap!



Why not start of the New Year with a special bungee jump?
Free for a limited time for people of a certain age!
Born in the Year of the Dog?! Try Bungee Jumping dressed as a dog!
Bungee Jump in Costume!

●See, feel, and Taste!

Without delay, two new chances for fruit picking.

The popular “strawberry picking” and “fruit tomato picking” are back! Be sure to get yours through early spring.

・Strawberry Picking:  mid-January~end of May
・Fruit Tomato Picking: end of December~end of May

●Christmas at Mother Farm

“Reindeer Sheep” & Craft Events

The adorable “Reindeer Sheep” make their appearance once again! There are also a variety of Christmas themed craft events♪
"Reindeer Sheep" and Santa Make Their Appearance
Gel Candle Making
X'mas Mini Rare Cheese Cake Making

Bungee Jump in Costume!

Bored of just jumping?! Why not leap in a variety of costumes! Costumes include Mother Farm standards like horses and sheep, but you can also dress as rabbit, cheetah, or one of 10 other choices♪ Be sure to catch the fun on film and with commemorative photos!

【Date】Now until 12/31 (Sun)
【Fee】 2,000 JPY
*May be closed due to weather.
*Participants may not wear their own costumes.
*Must be between elementary school age and 65, weight must be between 38kg and 110kg.

Winter Fest
Try Sheep Herding! A showdown with the Sheep Dogs!
Farm Photo Study – Say Cheese with the Sheep Dogs
The Great Sheep March
Try your luck while horseback riding?!
Fortune Pony
Free for a limited time for people of a certain age!
Born in the Year of the Dog?! Try Bungee Jumping dressed as a dog!

☆Christmas Events☆
"Reindeer Sheep" and Santa Make Their Appearance
Gel Candle Making
X'mas Mini Rare Cheese Cake Making

Born in the Year of the Dog?! Try Bungee Jumping dressed as a dog!

We are looking for those born in the Year of the Dog!
If you were, you can get a discount on bungee jumping.
For those who would like, Mother Farm has prepared a special dog costume you can wear while taking the big leap.

【Date】1/1(Holiday Mon) – 1/8(Holiday Mon)
【Target】Those born in the year of the dog
【Fee】Bungee Jump Normally 2,000 JPY⇒ 1,500 JPY
*Please provide proof of birthday.
*May be closed due to weather.
*Must be between elementary school age and 65, weight must be between 38kg and 110kg.

Winter Fest
Try Sheep Herding! A showdown with the Sheep Dogs!
Farm Photo Study – Say Cheese with the Sheep Dogs
The Great Sheep March
Try your luck while horseback riding?!
Fortune Pony
Free for a limited time for people of a certain age!
Bungee Jump in Costume!

☆Christmas Events☆
"Reindeer Sheep" and Santa Make Their Appearance
Gel Candle Making
X'mas Mini Rare Cheese Cake Making