Momoko Nakamura, "RICE GIRL"
Formerly, a television producer of food shows, RICE GIRL is a rice conservation advocate, on a mission to promote and preserve rice culture. Advocating to safeguard and celebrate the breath and depth of rice, and traditional Japanese natural farming and heirloom rice varietals.
She is often found roving the Japanese countryside, meeting with those who opt to farm using traditional natural methods. Rice that is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and sun-dried just as it should be. And not unlike wheat, heirloom and ancient varietals, farmed like they used to. It is truly a labor of love. This farming style respects our Mother Earth, and leans on the poetry that is the Japanese micro-seasonal calendar.
In supporting traditional Japanese natural farming, we vote for environmentally responsibility and cultural preservation. A positive vote for our global society. Rice farmers can continue to choose this farming style, so long as we continue to increase demand.
RICE GIRL has training rooted in Japanese culinary practices of yesteryear, and macrobiotics, is an enthusiastic consumer of the food memories and kitchens of our Japanese grandmothers, and simply wholly in love with rice.
From the hundreds of varietals and farming regions across Japan, RICE GIRL hand-selects rice and creates microseasonal blends under the moniker Kiki Musubi, and hosts events and participates in panel discussions and other talks domestically in Japan, and internationally.
She also serves as a consultant to support people and businesses connect with Japan.
And in 2019, RICE GIRL published “PLANT-BASED TOKYO”.