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Capturing the visual splendor of countryside Japan

Satoyama Consortium Nov 6, 2019

Capturing the visual splendor of countryside Japan

The Japan Times Satoyama Consortium held a photo contest to 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 submitted photos in hopes of capturing the beauty ...

New ideas for local rejuvenation, livelihoods

Satoyama Consortium Oct 6, 2019

New ideas for local rejuvenation, livelihoods

At an inaugural awards ceremony recently hosted by the Japan Times Satoyama and ESG consortiums to recognize parties for their activities in their respective fields, three winners in the satoyama category shared their efforts with the audience. Satoyama refers to rural mountains and forests tended ...

Hard-won eatery specializes in local dishes

Satoyama Consortium Sep 1, 2019

Hard-won eatery specializes in local dishes

In a once-abandoned rice paddy at the foot of Yokosuka's Mount Ogusu in Kanagawa Prefecture stands the result of one man's ambition — a restaurant that is a marriage of farm-to-table practices and preserving tradition. Located on the Miura Peninsula, Yasu Manaka's restaurant pairs the ...

Providing a new breath of life to businesses

Satoyama Consortium Aug 18, 2019

Providing a new breath of life to businesses

At a recent symposium organized by the Japan Times Satoyama Consortium, three panelists shared their experiences and thoughts on the theme of succeeding businesses in rural communities. The session on June 4 in Tokyo was moderated by Tadashi Matsushima, the owner of Setouchi Jam's Garden ...

Tasty bid brings Tottori Wagyu to Osaka

Satoyama Consortium Aug 4, 2019

Tasty bid brings Tottori Wagyu to Osaka

Although lesser known than other varieties of Japanese beef, Tottori Wagyu is of the highest quality and Tottori Prefecture aims to boost its exposure at a new restaurant in Osaka amid an increasing number of inbound tourists. Opened on July 14 by a subsidiary of ...

Torch relay aims to better connect people

Satoyama Consortium Jul 21, 2019

Torch relay aims to better connect people

As a company involved in the torch relay for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, NTT Corp. hopes to involve a wide variety of people who contribute to their regional communities as torchbearers. The organization also seeks to showcase its latest technology to help provide convenience ...

New way to tackle depopulation issues

Satoyama Consortium Jul 7, 2019

New way to tackle depopulation issues

At a recent forum in Tokyo, several municipal leaders stressed the importance of nurturing a pool of nonresident supporters who have a certain level of interaction with a municipality to rejuvenate regions, rather than just sticking to trying to increase the number of residents ...

Past methods can revitalize future society

Satoyama Consortium Jun 23, 2019

Past methods can revitalize future society

Satoyama refers to mountains and forests near rural villages that are maintained by residents for the sake of the sustainable use of existing natural resources. This model has been used and maintained for hundreds of years across Japan and is the concept behind "satoyama ...

Clean start for long-standing towel business

Satoyama Consortium May 5, 2019

Clean start for long-standing towel business

The city of Imabari in Ehime Prefecture has for over 120 years been one of Japan's major towel manufacturing hubs. Kayo Tango and her husband jumped into the world of towel production three years ago to save a towel manufacturer in the process of ...