I see, seems like it's a bit different and I think the setting is leaning more towards fantasy. It's not exactly what I'm looking for but I might look into it further.
I haven't really played the series after it moved into handheld and the wii. The wii releases seems to have especially changed a lot in terms of art direction and as it explores other themes like circus and adding a bunch of animals like ostriches and alpacas if I remember correctly. Seems like the current Harvest Moon series are now developed by western developers and I do hope that Story of Seasons might get a console release in the future.>>23632
It does get a bit tedious after some time but then again it is the central part of the game, I tend to find myself enjoying farming more so than rearing livestocks. The PSX release lets you hire the Harvest Sprites to tend to your farm but I'm not sure if it's available from the beginning of the game.