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Panel groups share marine protection efforts

Satoyama Consortium Apr 21, 2020

Panel groups share marine protection efforts

Fishermen, divers, nonprofits and other organizations are working in communities across Japan to conserve marine and coastal environments that have been threatened by natural disasters, unbalanced marine ecology and other factors. A two-day event on topics related to satoyama (mountains and woods used and maintained ...

Ibaraki group offers cultural workshops

Satoyama Consortium Mar 23, 2020

Ibaraki group offers cultural workshops

Spinning cotton, crafting traditional decorations and cooking hand-picked edible grass are just a few of the activities organized by the Tsukuba Green Tourism Association, a collection of some 15 local organizations and individual members in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. The association, which started ...

Design projects strive to revitalize village

Satoyama Consortium Mar 8, 2020

Design projects strive to revitalize village

Kito Design Holdings is striving to achieve the ultimate goal of revitalizing what used to be the village of Kito in Tokushima Prefecture in a sustainable and creative way to make it a miraculous place where all residents and visitors are happy. A national dam ...

Footgolf World Cup kicks off in Tochigi

Satoyama Consortium Mar 4, 2020

Footgolf World Cup kicks off in Tochigi

The World Cup is coming to Japan this year. No, not the Olympics, and that is not a typo about last year’s rugby tournament. Japan will host the global championships of footgolf this autumn when as many as 1,000 people are expected to descend on ...

Coastal town opens up to sailors, cyclists

Satoyama Consortium Mar 1, 2020

Coastal town opens up to sailors, cyclists

Onomichi Mayor Yūkō Hiratani shared some of the city's recent efforts to attract more tourists during a recent interview with The Japan Times at his office in the new city hall that opened in January. These efforts follow the city, located in the southeastern part ...

Proper data breakdown key to good policy

Satoyama Consortium Feb 23, 2020

Proper data breakdown key to good policy

"Data forms only part of the truth. It does not explain everything," said Naoyuki Sawa at the 11th Satoyama Cafe held on Dec. 16 in Tokyo. Co-hosted by the Japan Times Satoyama Consortium, the Chiiki Ouen (regional support) Bash community organization established by Gaiax Co. ...

City events raise environmental awareness

Satoyama Consortium Feb 16, 2020

City events raise environmental awareness

Located on the Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori, the northernmost prefecture of Japan's main island, Honshu, the city of Mutsu — with a population of about 57,000 — has been making constant efforts to keep the city attractive for both residents and visitors. Mutsu Mayor Soichiro ...

Tomonoura: Seto Inland Sea historical port

Satoyama Consortium Jan 26, 2020

Tomonoura: Seto Inland Sea historical port

Tomonoura is a port town situated on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea in the city of Fukuyama in eastern Hiroshima Prefecture. Located in a unique site where the tides flow east to west, the port is known throughout Japan as a place ...

Tourism growth through casting a wide net

Satoyama Consortium Jan 12, 2020

Tourism growth through casting a wide net

With over 5,000 articles produced mainly by international staff writers and guest contributors, tsunagu Japan is ripe with recommendations for inbound travelers destined for city streets bathed in neon, untamed corners of the archipelago and all the spaces in between. "I lived abroad when I ...

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 ...