2017.9.21

Report:FEAST Project Research Retreat: Deep reflections on the shores of the Mother Lake (Steven McGreevy, Project Leader)

On August 28~29th, we held the 4th FEAST Project research retreat, this time in Shiga Prefecture, overlooking the Mother Lake, Biwako. The retreat is a precious opportunity to gather working group chairs, executive committee members, and those working at FEAST HQ in RIHN to discuss our progress, pla...

2017.9.11

Report:Road to LCA App (1) – FY2017-2nd WG5 Meeting (Yuko Matsuoka, Project Research Associate)

Climate change, pollutions, loss of diversity, lack of successors, unfair trade, obesity… though we have heard various issues surrounding sustainability, we barely get to know how these issues are linked to our daily lives. We might be aware that these problems are caused by our modern, convenient a...

2017.9.5

Report:New research takes off with bees (Maximilian Spiegelberg, Project Researcher)

Acarine mites research

In summer the whir of the cicada dominates the Japanese soundscape. To me and my colleagues Christoph Rupprecht (FEAST Project Researcher), Rika Shinkai and Kan Seicyou (RIHN Visiting Researchers) came this summer additionally also the buzz of the bees. With the globally recognized importance of ...

2017.8.18

Report:RIHN Open House 2017 “Share ? and ! this summer” (Yuko Kobayashi and Yuko Matsuoka, Project Research Associates)

For this annual event, the institution-wide efforts are made to organize a wide variety of events so that the local communities can feel more familiarity with RIHN. The activities of FEAST Project included card game and video game to explore the ideal future of Kyoto food, voting for “what is import...

2017.8.4

Report:Two consumers’ focus group discussions were conducted for the research on future vision of Thai consumers on sustainable food consumption practice (Kanang Kantamaturapoj, Mahidol University/WG2)

Two workshops were set up in Bangkok on 15 July 2017 with Thai consumers to investigate consumer perspectives on future sustainable food purchasing and eating out. Transition theory is used as a framework of this study. The development  of  novel  solutions  for  more  sustainable  food consumpti...

2017.7.24

Report:Joining a nest of Activist Scholars (Mai Kobayashi, Project Researcher)

A belated update on my trip to participate in Elikadura21 -- The Future of Food and Challenges for Agriculture in the 21st century. The gathering took place in Vitoria Gasteiz in the Basque Country from April 24th to 26th 2017, and it was the seventh of its kind. The main organizers were the   the I...

2017.7.12

Report:Invited Lecture in Obihiro City, Hokkaido (Norie Tamura, Senior Project Researcher/WG3 Chair)

I was invited to the General Meeting of Higashi Hokkaido Mokuzai Kyokai (East Hokkaido Logging Association)  in Obihiro City, Hokkaido on June 2nd, 2017, at which I gave a lecture entitled “Thinking about the Future of Forestry: Policy, Resources, Distribution and Society.” The invitation was mad...

2017.7.4

Report:WG4 Meeting with Stakeholders in Tsukuba (Takeshi Osawa, Shigeto Sudo, Ayaka Kishimoto-Mo, Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences-NARO/WG4)

On June 19th, 2017, WG4 organized a meeting with stakeholders working on environmentally sustainable agriculture at Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The participants included those from agricult...

2017.6.19

Report:Playing with food in FEAST’s gaming workshops (Astrid Mangnus, Utrecht University)

On the 11th and 28th of May, FEAST hosted two gaming workshops in a series of activities around the future of food in collaboration with Prof. Joost Vervoort and myself, visiting researchers form Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Earlier activities include three backcasting focus groups for the f...

2017.6.14

Report:Visiting Kushiro City, Hokkaido (Norie Tamura, Senior Project Researcher and WG3 Chair)

I visited Kushiro City, Hokkaido from May 31st to June 2nd, 2017 with a specific objective to learn about how local people try to make the best use of Yezo shika deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis). Working Group 3 of FEAST Project works around the theme of sustainable food production that is also in ...