Satoyama~Authentic Japan

We will expand the field of view from efforts focused on satoyama, the natural areas around farmlands, to include satokawa and satoumi bordering rivers and the sea, and will collect, share and disseminate a wide range of practical information such as matching these efforts with existing industries, sales and distribution networks for new products, and tourism from abroad.

A tale of two cities’ castles, and how they survived the centuries

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

Every municipality has a characteristic or landmark that its residents think of as their symbol. On July 29, the 18th...

Restaurant Uozen

Robbie Swinnerton
Contributing writer

Creative, sophisticated, local: Regional bounty on the plate When chef Kazuhiro Inoue and his wife, Mariko, decided that they’d had...

Island town’s wave of reform reverses tide of depopulation

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

A small island in the Sea of Japan has managed to put the brakes on depopulation by preserving and improving...

Tonoya-Yo

Robbie Swinnerton
Contributing writer

Reinvigorating rustic traditions with finesse and flair Tonoya-Yo, chef Yotaro Sasaki’s atmospheric inn and restaurant in the rural heartland of...

Pesceco

Robbie Swinnerton
contributing writer

A young chef makes waves with his creative hometown cuisine Perched on the waterfront of the Shimabara Peninsula, looking out...

Art triennial revitalizes rural Echigo-Tsumari region

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

The 16th Satoyama Cafe, a talk session organized by the Japan Times Satoyama Consortium and moderated by its secretariat chief,...

Cuisine régionale L’évo

Robbie Swinnerton
contributing writer

Regional dining redefined at newly opened gastronomic auberge in the Toyama mountains If you are among those who believe that...

Think globally while eating locally, then spread the word

Maiko Muraoka
contributing writer

Food can be an effective tool for regional promotion. Every region has its own unique food — a delicacy that...

Dancing the cycle of birth and death at Kiyomizu Temple

Eri Karatsu
Dance Base Yokohama, Artistic Director

On March 11, 2021 — exactly 10 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and a year after the day...

Biobalance holistic probiotics turn manure to resource

Maiko Muraoka
contributing writer

The world has been dealing with issues of various kinds of waste, from toxic waste to food loss and marine...

NTT ArtTechnology shows regional art anywhere, anytime

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

Culture can be a powerful tool to invigorate a region because everything else — the economy, society, education, people’s lives...

First Ronnie Prize aims to revive traditional Japanese crafts

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

JapanCraft21, a volunteer group that aims to reinvigorate Japan’s traditional crafts, is launching its first Japan Traditional Craft Revitalization Contest,...