The 23rd RIHN Regional Seminar "Towards bee-friendly cities – co-creating urban futures" @Nakagyo Ward Office (Maximilian Spiegelberg, FEAST Project Researcher; Rika Shinkai, RIHN Visiting Researcher; Aoi Kimura, RIHN PR Section; Yasuhisa Kondo, RIHN Open Team Science PL; Christoph Rupprecht, FEAST Senior Researcher)

FEAST HQ Events, Report, Seminar & Workshop

FEAST bee team together with Nakagyo Ward Office, RIHN PR Section and Open Team Science Project organized the 23rd RIHN Regional Community Seminar “Towards bee-friendly cities – co-creating urban futures” at Nakagyo Ward Office on November 4th. Kyoto Branch of Wild Bird Society of Japan and Public Interest Incorporated Association Kyoto City Greenery Association also played a vital part in this event as partners, and Japanese-Bee Weekend Beekeepers Club, NPO Citizens Environmental Foundation, Horikawa Midorino Machizukuri Kai (Horikawa re-greening club) and Rakusai Shizen Nouen (Rakusai natural farm) as supporters. When the participants list filled up quickly during the registration period, we already got a hint that alike many other cities …

Workshop on Future of School Lunch in Obuse, Nagano

FEAST HQ WG2_Publications

On the 24th March, a visioning workshop on future of school lunch was help in Obuse, Nagano Pref. Approx. 40 people mainly from Obuse joined this workshop and explored how the ideal school lunch should look like in 30 years from now. “Tsutaeru Shoku to Nou Link Net Shinshu”, an information paper on Nagano’s food and agriculture, has published a report about this meeting, which you can access from here  (in Japanese).

Report on the 2nd seminar of Food Policy Council, Kamoka 2018: “Making Kameoka an organic town!” (Ryo Iwahashi, Project Research Assistant)

FEAST HQ Report, Seminar & Workshop, WG2

On the 19th of November, the 2nd seminar of “Shokuto Nou no Mirai Kaigi in Kameoka (Food Policy Council, Kamoka) 2018: Making Kameoka an organic town!” was held at Galleria Kameoka, Kyoto. This seminar was composed of two parts: a keynote speech titled “Connecting with the world, connecting in the regions: Experiences in Ichijima Town, Hyogo Prefecture and international trends in organic farming” by Mr. Shinji Hashimoto, an organic farmer in Ichijima Town, Tanba City, Hyogo Pref., followed with Q&A session and the workshop in which the participants talked about their background and presented what they thought was necessary to make Kameoka a town of organic farming. Mr. Hashimoto started …

Serious Board Game Jam 2018 (Kazuhiko Ota, Project Researcher)

FEAST HQ Report, WG2

“Serious Board Game Jam 2018 (hereinafter, SBGJ2018)” was organized at RIHN on November 23rd and 24th. “Serious game” refers to a game focusing on social issues such as healthcare, education, disaster control, public health, business management and “game jam” is an event at which participants are divided into teams and develop a game within a limited timeframe. SBGJ2018 was planned and organized in a way to achieve three objectives: 1) to make best use of RIHN’s research outcomes to date; 2) to develop “fun” but “serious” board games and make them open access; and 3) to network with various actors relevant to game development. It made this 2-day event quite …

Workshop “What does school lunch mean to society?” at NPO Tsukaisute Jidai wo Kangaeru Kai and Anzen Kyokyu Center’s Organic Seminar Series (Norie Tamura, Senior Project Researcher, and Fumi Iwashima, Project Research Associate)

FEAST HQ Report, Seminar & Workshop, WG2

On November 10th, 2018, we organized a workshop titled “What does school lunch mean to society?” as part of Organic Seminar Series at Patagonia Kyoto hosted by Tsukaisute Jidai wo Kangaeru Kai (The Association for Ethical Waste Disposal Awareness) and its affiliated company limited, Anzennousan Kyokyu Center (Safe Produce Supply Center Ltd.) and co-hosted by RIHN and Working Committee for Shoku to Nou no Mirai Kaigi Kyoto (Food Policy Council Kyoto). Prof. Takayuki Dewa from Faculty of Letters, Ryukoku University started off the seminar with a lecture on the issues around and background of free school lunch services in Seoul, South Korea. This was meant to be a catalyst for …

Presenting Research Outcome on Reevaluation of Peasantry at the 66th General Assembly of the Japanese Association for Rural Studies

FEAST HQ WG3_Publications

Steven McGreevy, FEAST Project Leader, together with Mr. Naoka Matsudaira, our project member, joined “the 66th General Assembly of the Japanese Association for Rural Studies” in Takachiho in Miyazaki Pref. from October 26th to 28th, 2018, at which they had an opportunity to present their research entitled “the international and Japanese trends of reevaluations of peasantry: the similarities and differences”. <Abstract> The United Nations General Assembly 2017 highlighted the importance of family farming, which produces approximately 80% of food on this planet and officially declared “the Decade of Family Farming” from 2019 to 2028. However, whether family farming can survive in the years to come still remains uncertain, and the …

Presenting Research Outcome 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)

FEAST HQ Conference and Symposium, HQ News, WG1, WG2, WG3

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)

FEAST HQ Report, WG2

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!

FEAST HQ From the Field, WG3

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)

FEAST HQ Events, Report

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

FEAST HQ WG2_Publications

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)

FEAST HQ From the Field, Report

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

FEAST HQ WG4_Publications

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

FEAST HQ WG5_Publications

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

FEAST HQ WG3_Publications

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"

FEAST HQ WG2_Publications

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 …