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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.

On islands in city of Kure, community-building flowers

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing Writer

At a time when depopulation is a common woe in rural areas around the nation, one district stretching across two...

Big goals: Soccer clubs work to revitalize their regions

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

The sports industry was one of the first and foremost to suffer from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and...

Tsukuba ‘bar’ guides both visitors and revitalization efforts

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

On the outskirts of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, there is a homey place called Tamaribar, a play on words combining...

Venture firm, nonprofit revitalize Tohoku and beyond

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

Eleven years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck the Tohoku region. While many now living outside the...

État d’esprit

Robbie Swinnerton
Contributing writer

Innovative, modern Okinawan cuisine rooted in local foods and flavors Dinner at Restaurant État d’esprit opens not in chef Yasuhiro...

NTT collaboration learns how to plant a sustainable well-being city

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

NTT Urban Solutions recently acquired a new certification of international guidance on the operation of smart cities over its development...

Fukuyama, City of Roses, to host world convention and expo

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

The World Federation of Rose Societies’ 20th World Rose Convention will be held in the Hiroshima Prefecture city of Fukuyama...

Involving locals helps promote and preserve Japanese geoparks

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing Writer

There are 169 UNESCO global geoparks in 44 countries. In Japan, there are 44 national geoparks certified by the Japan...

Kataori

Robbie Swinnerton
Contributing Writer

Hyperseasonal regional cuisine for the ultimate in destination dining When it comes to depth of flavor and intense regional focus,...

On Shimokita Peninsula, geopark dining and robot tours

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing Writer

Enjoying beautiful views and eating local delicacies are the best parts of traveling for most people. Now there is a...

Nihonryori Takamura

Robbie Swinnerton
Contributing writer

Edo-style dining in Akita on the Sea of Japan coast Hidden away in the residential backstreets of Akita, Nihonryori Takamura...

Chimikepp Hotel

Robbie Swinnerton
Contributing writer

Michelin-starred modern French cuisine deep in the mountains of Hokkaido Surrounded by thick forest, Chimikepp Hotel lies deep in the...

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