Commitment to Taste

The secret to the rice flavor at MAISEN is the commitment to 4 things.

 1) soil
 2) rice that has life
 3) the polishing process
 4) how to eat our rice correctly

Since our conception, we researched how to provide rice that is tasty at a reasonable price.
To this day, we continue research at our test farm.

Commitment to soil

People involved with agriculture are often concerned with soil preparation. Mr. Makino, having retired from the corporate world, began to question the true nature of soil preparation. Consulting experts about soil preparation, they explained that soil composition concerns the shape of crumb structure, and something about worms... But Mr. Makino was not convinced. Why is it necessary to use Organic Compost?

He came to the conclusion that it is important to make soil mineral rich because we consume important minerals from grains and vegetables. And, it is the farmer's duty to deliver vegetables that are full of minerals. Consequently, the soil needs to be mineral rich. Organic Farming is not just an idea, it is a method. Soil that is mineral rich is created by using organic compost so that microbes can thrive. This is how we approach soil preparation.

MAISEN's responsibility is to deliver safe and reliable products to you as well as protect this land that belongs to our grandchildren. (Click here for our commitment to safety and reliability)

For this reason, in our rice fields, we have not used chemical fertilizers. If chemical fertilizers are overused, the residue can be harmful to our bodies. The mud snails and small fish in our fields are proof of this.
During harvesting season, crows, herons, sparrows, wagtails, and thrushes follow our tractors. Our fields are like a paradise for living creatures. We attempting a variety of methods for rice plants to grow as strong and as naturally as possible.

Natural microbe farming

We sparingly use chemical fertilizer. You may then ask how we prevent harmful insects and diseases. What kind of fertilizer do we use?

The answer is "Natural Microbe Farming".When we hear "microbe", we think of microbes that are beneficial to human bodie. Some microbes aid the growth of rice plants, and some combat pathogenic bacteria or other harmful substances. At MAISEN, we utilize a microbe called phototrophic bacteria. In ancient times, there were many harmful substances such as hydrocarbon, sulfide, and chloride. It was an environment unsuitable for life. It was phototrophic bacteria that purified these toxic substances and brought oxygen to earth.

It does the following:
1 ) it eats substances that are harmful to rice plants and changes these substances into nutrition.
2 ) it reinforces the substances plants need for growth.
3 ) it prevents the soil from becoming sterile.
4 ) it creates an environment in which it is difficult for pathogeni bacteria to thrive.
5 ) it aids growth during drought.

As you can see, phototrophic bacteria possess excellent traits and can reduce harmful substances. It also gives nutrients to rice plants without having to use chemical fertilizers. We don't have to leave behind harmful substances that can harm humans or pollute our earth.

Using expert technicians we have managed to produce a high level of phototrophic bacteria. The oldest bacteria that purified our earth is playing a role in making our rice safe and delicious.

Plant base organic compost

Compost is one of the things that is necessary in soil preparation. Compost becomes food for microbes and ultimately becomes fertilizer for rice plants. However, ordinary, dried manure from livestock such as cows, pigs, chickens is used as organic fertilizer. In this case, fermentation takes place in the fields and the gas resulting damages rice plants. Moreover, there is a high possibility that the manure from livestock contains harmful medications such as antibiotics and growth hormones. This defeats the purpose of organic farming.

We uses harmless plant based organic substances, such as rice bran and vegetables, as compost. This is both safe and gentle to rice plants.

Growing young plants with space

Before planting, at the stage of growing young plants, ordinarily 180g of unhulled rice is sowed in a 30cm X 60cm box. But we sow only half that. In doing so, the stems of the plants grow thicker, and they bear more ears.

We also plant rice with larger intervals between each plant. Normally, about 75-80 rice plant bunches are sowed in 3.3m2, with about 8 rice plants in 1 bunch. At MAISEN, we plant only 50-55 rice plant bunches in 3.3m2, with about 3 rice plants in 1 bunch. When you look at our rice fields after planting, it does not look like we have finished planting. The young rice plants in this environment, with plenty of space, soon grow into a green carpet and bear much rice.

At the time of planting, we use liquid fertilizer which we mentioned in (1) and (2). However, young rice plants can't get to this fertilizer easily because it is injected 10-15cm underground. The young rice plants seek for the fertilizer on their own. They grow their roots to reach it.

This is how they grow thick and long roots which are necessary to support themselves.