By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

January 14, 2021

As I wrote before, my grandfather died when I was a 4th grader in elementary school. After he died, there was nobody to really take over the care of his coffee orchard, so I took on the task myself.

One of the tasks in maintaining our six-acre orchard was spraying herbicide. In those days, there were only two herbicides in general use: aromatic oil and 2,4-D. Since 2,4-D was a systemic herbicide that only worked on broadleaves, the majority of what I used was aromatic oil, which was a contact herbicide.

Spraying was done using my grandfather’s knapsack sprayer which leaked. I wore Japanese jikatabi without socks when I sprayed herbicide and did other agricultural tasks.

One day, I noticed a discoloration on the upper part of one of my feet and this progressed to cracking of the skin and severe itching.

My mom took me to the local clinic where one of the only two doctors in the area examined my foot. He took one look at it and diagnosed it as “Filipino Itch.” It seems that the Filipino farm workers engaged in spraying herbicide wearing sneakers and the aromatic oil caused a chemical dermatitis that was common among them.

My mom bought me some rubber boots and the Filipino Itch resolved itself in a week or so.

フィリピン人痒み

以前書いたように私のおじいさんは小学校4年生の時に亡くなった。その後、コーヒー農園の世話する人がいなかったので私が引き継いた。

一つの仕事は除草剤散布だった。当時には2種類の除草剤しかなかった。それらは接触型除草剤 である芳香油と浸透性除草剤 2,4-D2,4-Dは広葉用除草剤だったため、大半の散布は芳香油だった。

散布にはおじいさんの背負い式噴霧機を使った。それが古くって少し漏れていた。散布や他の農作業の時には地下足袋を履いていた。

ある日、足の上の皮膚の変色に気付いた。後に皮膚が割れて痒くなった。

母は地元の医院に連れてくれた。そこで先生(その頃地域には医師2人しかいなかった)が私の足を診て迷わずに『フィリピン人痒み』と診断した。地元のフィリピン人の農業労働者は私と同じように芳香油散布作業が多かった。彼らは散布の時にスニーカーを履くことが多かったので芳香油が皮膚炎を起こした。そのことから地元ではその皮膚炎が『フィリピン人痒み』と名付けられたそうだ。

その後、母はゴム長靴を買ってくれて『フィリピン人痒み』が約1週間で消えた。

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English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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