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Nature-rich life with mountains, forests, rivers, the sea and heavy snow in winter


March 1st, 2017

Locally Grown Food and Soil

Sustainable and Circular Food System (Ikeda Town)

The majority of American farmland has been dominated by industrial farming, which is the system of chemically intensive food production. It was formerly hailed as an efficient solution that would enable...
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January 23rd, 2017

Spirit of Zen, Mind of Rei

In Eiheiji, a well-known temple of Zen Buddhism (Eiheiji town)

In order to ease mental stress, mindfulness has surged in popularity over the last few years in western countries, applying to various fields, such as medical care, education and business. ...
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November 20th, 2016

Unique blend of tradition and innovation

Mikuni-Minato (Sakai City)

There is a huge demand for new buildings and houses in Japan. Traditional buildings and houses have been disappearing as owners and developers choose to replace them with contemporary properties, instead...
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November 18th, 2016

Old Townscape on the Saba Road

Kumagawa-juku (Wakasa Town)

The Silk Road was an ancient trade route that connected Europe to China, a distance of over 7,000 kilometers. China’s exports tended to be silk, salt, teas, spices and porcelain....
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November 16th, 2016

Living together with Nuclear Power Plants

Local people bear the risk as well as enjoy the benefit. (Ohi Town)

Japan is an island nation, one with very few of its own energy resources, such as oil and natural gas.  As of 2012, its energy self-sufficiency rate was a mere...
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September 8th, 2016

A weird festival having roots in human sacrifice

OSHISSAMA-no-Owatari (Fukui City)

North America and other western countries have Thanksgiving Day in autumn, originally celebrating and thanking the blessing of a good harvest.  Japan has various kinds of local harvest festivals in...
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