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.

Local trading companies develop circular economies in two areas

Emi Maeda
Contributing writer

Minamioguni is a small town with a population of less than 4,000 located in the middle of Kyushu on the...

Kamakura Kitajima

Takeo Terao
Contributing writer

Forging a new culinary tradition in Kamakura Kamakura Kitajima occupies a renovated old house in a neighborhood dotted with historic...

‘Learn locally, think globally’ at two unique universities

Maiko Muraoka
Contributing writer

The 24th Satoyama Cafe, held on July 1 by The Japan Times’ Sustainable Japan Network, featured two unique universities, Satonova...

Don Bravo

TAKEO TERAO
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Italian restaurant innovates in suburban Tokyo Don Bravo is neither located in a rural area abundant with nature, nor in...

Villa Aida

TAEKO TERAO
Sustainable Japan Magazine writer

Pushing boundaries with cuisine rooted in place Located in Wakayama Prefecture, Villa Aida isn’t surrounded by great scenic beauty or...

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...

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