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Seaside municipality turned cycling mecca

Satoyama Consortium Nov 25, 2018

Seaside municipality turned cycling mecca

Onomichi is a city on the southeastern coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, facing the Seto Inland Sea. Shrines, temples and many traditional buildings stand against the mountainside to the north of the city. Having been designated as a Japan Heritage by the Agency for Cultural Affairs ...

Snapshots celebrating Japan's rural beauty

Satoyama Consortium Nov 4, 2018

Snapshots celebrating Japan's rural beauty

The Japan Times Satoyama Consortium held a photo contest to further expand interest and awareness in satoyama — a Japanese term referring to woodlands in rural areas maintained by area residents. The general public and relevant parties, including local governments, submitted photos in hopes ...

Consortium gains two additional partners

Satoyama Consortium Oct 21, 2018

Consortium gains two additional partners

In a bid to strengthen its efforts to transmit relevant information, the Japan Times Satoyama Consortium recently signed partnership agreements with two Tokyo-based associations. The consortium, launched in January and headed by The Japan Times Chairperson and Representative Director Minako Suematsu, aims to promote the ...

Diverse slices of daily life seen around Japan

Satoyama Consortium Oct 7, 2018

Diverse slices of daily life seen around Japan

Tabica is an online service that connects hosts from all over Japan who offer hands-on activities straight out of their daily lives to guests who want to experience a little bit of someone else's day. It is run by Gaiax Co., a social media creator, ...

Woodworking meets forest revitalization

Satoyama Consortium Sep 23, 2018

Woodworking meets forest revitalization

A wooden, grid-like building with a huge window measuring 8.5 meters in height stands in Nishiawakura, a village in northeastern Okayama Prefecture. This is the office and studio of Youbi Co., a group of creative woodcrafters led by Representative Director Masayuki Oshima. He was, and still ...

Hiroshima sake brewery with a zesty twist

Satoyama Consortium Sep 2, 2018

Hiroshima sake brewery with a zesty twist

Mikado Lemon, a sparkling lemon sake, is the first product of Naorai Inc. on Mikado Island in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture. Founder and CEO Koichiro Miyake spoke about his sake, organic lemon orchard and the future of sake at the sixth Satoyama Cafe on July ...

Eelgrass on the rebound in coastal district

Satoyama Consortium Aug 19, 2018

Eelgrass on the rebound in coastal district

The Japan Times Satoyama Consortium organized a two-day study tour in Okayama Prefecture on June 8 and 9, centered on inspecting successful models of sustainable societies. The first day (featured in a July 16 article) was spent in Maniwa, while the second took place ...

Premium beef produced in natural paradise

Satoyama Consortium Jul 29, 2018

Premium beef produced in natural paradise

Despite being the least populated prefecture in Japan, Tottori boasts a wide variety of unique attractions centered on its rich nature, including crystal waters, old-growth forest, as well as the blessing of the sea. Thanks to such an unexploited environment, the prefecture in the Chugoku ...

Woods offer opportunities for prosperity

Satoyama Consortium Jul 15, 2018

Woods offer opportunities for prosperity

The Japan Times Satoyama Consortium organized a two-day study tour in Okayama Prefecture in June to learn about creative efforts made by two cities, Maniwa and Bizen, to establish a sustainable and circulating society. The consortium aims to help relevant parties promote their activities related ...