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.

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,...

Tottori game meat spices up dinner table while curbing waste

Maiko Muraoka
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Game birds and animals have been attracting attention in recent years in Japan not only as healthy, flavorful delicacies but...

Mutsu turns waste into grapes, dolphins and history into tourism

Maiko Muraoka
contributing writer

The city of Mutsu in Aomori Prefecture, at the northern tip of Honshu, has inspiring examples of how a rural...

Citizen revitalization projects take root in Tsukuba district

Maiko Muraoka
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

In the Oda district of the city of Tsukuba, citizens are starting to engage in projects aimed at revitalizing the...

Living history: You could spend a night in a castle

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Although castles are one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations, not many people know you can actually spend a night...