Presenting Research Outputs on Beekeeping in Japan at Asian Apicultural Association conference 2018

FEAST HQ WG3_Publications

Maximilian Spiegelberg, FEEAST Project researcher, joined “Asian Apicultural Association Conference: Bees, Environment and Sustainability” which took place in Jakarta, Indonesia from Oct 22nd to 25th. This conference brought together researchers, beekeeper, and trader from across Asia. A lot of the sessions focused on natural science aspects and did include all kinds of honeybees present in Asia. He presented on his Japanese case studies entitled “The new force of beekeeping is an old one: about hobby beekeepers in Japan”. The new force of beekeeping is an old one – About hobby beekeepers in Japan Research background Beekeeping in Japan can be divided into hobby, semi-professional, and professional practice. While professional beekeepers …

FEAST Project at the World Social Science Forum 2018! (Steven R. McGreevy, Project Leader)

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From September 25th to 28th, many of us from FEAST HQ attended the World Social Science Forum 2018 in Fukuoka, held at the Fukuoka International Congress Center. Since RIHN was one of the consortium partners for the Forum, it was important for the institute to have a significant presence at the event. It was also a time to show the potential of the new research programs for integrated, cross-cutting discussions of relevant themes and concepts. We were surprised to learn that all three FEAST session proposals and the Program 3 session proposal were accepted. Indeed, RIHN’s fingerprints were all over the Forum program, with nearly 10 sessions in total. When …

Report on the 15th International Conference of the East-Asian Agricultural History in South Korea (Fumi Iwashima, Project Research Associate)

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The 15th of International Conference of the East-Asian Agricultural History (hereinafter ICEAAH) was held at Seoul National University in the Republic of Korea from September 12th to 14th, 2018, of which I had a privilege to be part and present my research. ICEAAH is organized in order to comparatively look at agricultural production, rural communities, and agricultural/rural policies in East Asia and catalyze a broader and deeper understanding. Three East Asian countries of Japan, the Republic of Korea, and People’s Republic of China take turns to host conferences every one to two years. This round of ICEAAH happened to be comparatively small-scale with approximately twenty participants due to some circumstances. …

Peer-reviewed paper on new farmers published in Canadian Journal of Development Studies

FEAST HQ WG3_Publications

A peer-reviewed research paper on new farmers “Agrarian pathways for the next generation of Japanese farmers” by Steven McGreevy (Project Leader), Mai Kobayashi (Project Researcher) and Keiko Tanaka (WG3 Member/University of Kentucky) was published in Canadian Journal of Development Studies (Sep 2018). <Abstract> Japanese agriculture and rural communities are in decline and fewer young people are becoming farmers. Young heritage farmers and a new generation from non-farming families face multiple barriers to pursue farming as their profession or way of life. Using mixed methods, we examine cases of new farmers establishing themselves in Kyoto and Nagano, Japan. We uncover and analyse a set of representative pathways travelled by new farmers …

A short film "First Harvest" documenting Kyoto University of Arts and Design Beekeeping Club is now released!

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A short firm “First Harvest” is now ready for viewing, which Rika Shinkai of the FEAST Mitsubachi Team interviewed a beekeeping club at Kyoto University of Art & Design with Dr. Martin Gruber, a visual anthropologist at the University of Bremen. <First Harvest> The film ‘First Harvest’ introduces some of the Kyoto University of Arts and Design Beekeeping Club’s activities. Under the guidance of their teacher a number of students come together regularly to keep a colony of Japanese Honeybees on the premises of their University. The film juxtaposes interview material and observational footage of the students’ first honey harvest. ‘First Harvest’ deals with beekeeping practice and the acquisition of …

RIHN Open House 2018: Narrative, Taste, and Identity: What is your dish of 100 years? (Masahiro Terada, RIHN Visiting Associate Professor)

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Every mid-summer, the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) welcomes the public for the Open House event. This year’s RIHN Open House, which was held on the 27th of July, drew more than 900 visitors.  FEAST organized five event booths for the Open House: “Food tent of Bhutan,” a visual installation of fieldwork record in Bhutan; “Let’s go cycling to look for paddy field in Kyoto city,” an interactive experience of fieldwork using a go-pro camera; “What is the food which you cannot buy in the supermarket?,” a word cloud on white board; “Food Policy Council Game” at RIHN Game Café,” a simulation board game; and finally “What is …

Seminar about Future of Food and Agriculture in Nagano at the Monthly Meeting of NAGANO Agrifood Society

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On the 28th of August, a monthly meeting of “NAGANO Nou to Shoku no Kai (NAGANO Agrifood Society)” was held in Matsushiro, Nagano, at which Steven McGreevy, FEAST Project Leader, had an opportunity to give a talk entitled “Future of food and agriculture in Nagano: The role of citizens in transition to a Sustainable Society”. Despite the fact that way more food than human require are produced on the planet, people suffer from famine in many parts of the world. And if we look at Japan in particular, its food miles are notoriously ranked number one in the world and at the same time Japan is dependent on virtual water. …

Visiting an Organic Farm in Keihoku, Kyoto (Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin, RIHN Visiting Research Fellow/Chulalongkorn University)

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From June 15 to 16, FEAST project researcher (Mai Kobayashi) and I (visiting researcher from Chulalongkorn University) visited an organic farm located in Keihoku district in northern Kyoto. The farm we visited is named “Tagayashi-uta Farm,” which literally means “plowing song farm.” There, I was given a great opportunity to experience working on a small scale family farm in an up-land mountainous village of Japan. As a researcher interested in sustainable upland agriculture economies in Thailand, this visit was particularly significant as I was able to exchange knowledge based on each other’s experiences, and compare the different challenges and strategies seen between Japan and Thailand. Nami and Naoya, the farm …

Research Papers on agri-food eco-branding tools in Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture

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Journal articles on agri-food eco-branding tools and “Cool Vege®” as WG4 research outputs was published in Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture Vol.81, No.3 (Oct 2017). “Co-designing Agri-food Eco-branding Tools for Supporting Sustainable Regions” Ayaka W. Kishimoto-Mo (NARO-NIAES), Shigeto Sudo (NARO-NIAES), Yusuke Tanabiki (Rikkyo University) and Akira Shibata (Ritsumeikan University) p.264-267 “Kyoto Kameoka Carbon Minus Project and Agricultural Eco Brand ‘Cool Vege®’” Akira Shibata (Ritsumeikan University) p.284-285

Research Paper on Food App in Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture

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A journal article on food apps as WG5 research outputs was published in Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture Vol.81, No.3 (Oct 2017). “Information Harvesters and Virtual Farmers: How Smartphone Food Apps are Enabling Consumers to Co-create more Sustainable Food Systems” Steven R. McGreevy and Christoph D.D. Rupprecht (RIHN-FEAST) p.288-p.291

Research Papers and Interview Article in Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture

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Three papers and one interview article as WG3 research outputs were published in Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture Vol.81, No.3 (Oct 2017). “Learning from GIAHS Landscapes” Daniel Niles (RIHN) p.260-p.263 “Conserving Local Crop Varieties – Cases from Iwaizumi-cho, Iwate Prefecture and Nanbu-cho, Aomori Prefecture” Ayako Kawi (Australian National University) p.272-273 “Expanding the Utilization of Wild Life Meat from the Viewpoint of Local Food System: A Case from Kushiro City” Norie Tamura (RIHN-FEAST) p.274-277 “Birthing a Small Economy – an Interview with the Representative of Kyoto Farmer’s Market” Interviewee: Atsuko Isaki, Interviewer: Mai Kobayashi (RIHN-FEAST) p.278-281    

Report on the survey in Kameoka published in "Journal of Food System Research"

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A report on the survey conducted in Kameoka City and its analysis was published in “Journal of Food System Research, 24 (3)”. “子育て世代の食卓および食品入手経路の実態-亀岡子育てネットワーク会員を対象とした3調査の結果から-(The conditions of food and means of obtaining food among generation with small children – from three surveys with Kameoka Kosodate Network members)” Mari Nakamura, Motoki Akitsu, Norie Tamura, Masashi Tachikawa Abstract:  In 2017, our research project will employ food ethic-themed workshops in Kameoka City. Diet surveys will offer workshop topics and gain more knowledge about the food habits and attitudes of Kameoka City’s housewives in their child-raising years. The survey outline is as follows: Step one is a questionnaire survey on eating habits and buying behavior; step …

Learning beehive experience in Kameoka (Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin, RIHN Visiting Research Fellow/Chulalongkorn University)

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On June 12th, FEAST’s researcher Max Spiegelberg, RIHN guest researcher Rika Shinkai and I joined a small international session on the Asian Honeybee Apis cerana and the beekeeping practices organized by Professor Fumio Sakamoto at Kyoto Gakuen University in Kameoka, who is also the founder of Kyoto apis cerana japonica Lab.  Besides us, also Tai Ezumi from NPO Terra Rennaissance, promoting beekeeping within a project on community development in a landmine contaminated area in Cambodia as well as Ikumi and Yuichi Shiga from the Japanese Bee Weekend Beekeepers Club among others attended. We learned that different types of honeybees have different habitats. The Asian bee (Apis cerana) has 4 sub-species …

Peer-reviewed paper on urban agriculture in "Sustainable Sciences”

FEAST HQ WG1_Publications

A journal article “Assessing urban agriculture potential: a comparative study of Osaka, Japan and New York city, United States” co-authored by Prof. Yuji Hara, WG1 Chair and Associate Professor at Wakayama University, was published in Sustainable Science. Abstract: In this study, we examined urban agricultural production potential in New York city (NYC) in the United States and Osaka in Japan in a comparative study not only due to their similarities in population and region size but also differences in historical geographies and urban formation processes. We utilized available high-resolution land-use- and land-cover data to map and empirically compare size, land use, and spatial patterns of sites of current urban agriculture …

Report on the“International Workshop: Sustainable Development and Commons in East Asia” in RIHN Humanity&Nature Newsletter

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On the 11th and 12th of February, the“International Workshop: Sustainable Development and Commons in East Asia” was held in Kyoto, inviting researchers from SSK Research Center on the Commons and Sustainable Society, Jeju National University in Korea and Prof. Margaret Mackean, the inductee of the 9th Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto. With the objective to share history, current situation and challenges of the commons in Japan and Korea, advance understanding, explore how the study of the commons will develop in East Asia, which may ultimately provide implications for a sustainable society, the spirit of the discussion was high for the entire two days! Norie Tamura, Senior Project Researcher, contributed the report …

Paper on wild meat utilization published in "Nogyou to Keizai (Agriculture and Economy)"

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A special topic on the potential of utilizing gibier (wild meat) was featured in “Nogyou to Keizai (Agriculture and Economy)” Vol. 84, No.6, in which an article “Distribution and consumption of wild meat in Japan: Creating a local food system*” by Norie Tamura (Project Senior Researcher/WG3 Chair) was published. In her article, she pointed out that utilization of wild meat may serve a double purpose of wildlife management and regional development, but at the same time, there are a number of issues that require careful considerations. She, therefore, laid out those issues to understand what needs to be considered to create an efficient and sustainable system to utilize wild meat. …

FEAST at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2018 in New Orleans (Christoph Rupprecht, Project Senior Researcher)

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After our five sessions on food system transitions at the AAG 2017, another team of FEAST and friends of the project made their way to the AAG Annual Meeting 2018 in New Orleans. The chance to meet, listen to and present to 9,000 researchers from a variety of fields is an experience that we didn’t want to miss! Mapping urban food production Localizing food systems is one way to bring sites of production and consumption back together again. From urban agriculture and gardening to local food systems of bread, the two sessions (Mapping Urban Production I, II) provided a chance to hear about stories from Kyoto, Manila, Detroit, Calgary, the …

Kyoto Organic Action: impressions of the project after the "Peasants’ revolution" gathering (Guilherme Raj, Wageningen University)

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“Kyoto Organic Action” (KOA) was created in the beginning of 2017 during a gathering of organic producers in the Nantan area, northwest of Kyoto City. Kentaro Suzuki, owner of the “369 local & organic yaoya” veggie delivery company, organized the event aiming to boost the dynamics and interactions between farmers, distributors and vendors – something that he didn’t see happening when he moved in to Nantan. During the event, the idea of sharing the transportation costs and logistic system of organic products with buyers in Kyoto City led to what is, today, called “Kyoto Organic Action” (KOA): an organization aimed to decrease the distribution costs of agriculture goods produced by …