Peer-reviewed paper on revitalizing rurality published on "Journal of Rural Studies"

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A peer-reviewed paper ” Revitalising rurality under the neoliberal transformation of agriculture: Experiences of re-agrarianisation in Japan” co-authored by Prof. Shuji Hisano (Kyoto University, Project Member), Prof. Motoki Akitsu (Kyoto University, WG2 Chair) and Project Leader Steven R. McGreevy was published on an international journal, Journal of Rural Studies. “Revitalising rurality under the neoliberal transformation of agriculture: Experiences of re-agrarianisation in Japan” by Shuji Hisano, Motoki Akitsu, Steven R. McGreevy Abstract: Rural places are continually experiencing socio-economic change and the conceptual frameworks of re-de-agrarianisation and re-de-peasantisation were devised to explain agrarian transformations in a broad sense. Following empirical studies from other geographical contexts, this paper revisits the concepts of re-de-agrarianisation …

Peer-reviewed paper of WG1's research on land use in Kyoto City published on "Sustainability"

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A peer-reviewed paper “Urban Agriculture as a Sustainability Transition Strategy for Shrinking Cities? Land Use Change Trajectory as an Obstacle in Kyoto City, Japan” co-authored by Kimisato Oda, Christoph Rupprecht, Kazuaki Tsuchiya (The University of Tokyo) and Steven McGreevy was published on an international journal, Sustainability 10(4). “Urban Agriculture as a Sustainability Transition Strategy for Shrinking Cities? Land Use Change Trajectory as an Obstacle in Kyoto City, Japan” by Kimisato Oda, Christoph D. D. Rupprecht, Kazuaki Tsuchiya and Steven R. McGreevy Abstract: Can shrinking cities harness population decline to improve their sustainability by repurposing land use, for example, for localizing food production? Whether such a transition is feasible depends on …

Paper on Wakayama GIAHS site published in "Sustainability"

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A peer-reviewed paper “The Minabe-Tanabe Ume System: Linkage of Landscape Units by Locals” by Prof. Yuji Hara at Wakayama University was published in “Sustainability 10(4)”. “The Minabe-Tanabe Ume System: Linkage of Landscape Units by Locals” by Yuji Hara, Yuki Sampei and Hirotaka Tanaka Abstract:This paper focuses on the Minabe-Tanabe Ume system, which was designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in December of 2015. Because landholdings reflect historical social connections among various landscape units, we quantitatively examined the landscape characteristics of the system by preparing digitized spatial data and performing geographic information system analysis. We also examined the consensus building process among different stakeholders toward GIAHS recognition, as …

Web Seminar: “Why the local economy is a big deal — and what the ‘Totness & District: Local Economic Blueprint’ tells us about it” (Kazuhiko Ota, Project Researcher)

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I organized a web seminar (or webinar) entitled “Why the local economy is a big deal — and what the ‘Totness & District: Local Economic Blueprint’ tells us about it” in the evening of the 27th of June. At this webinar, I summarized some of the interesting and important points from “Totnes & District: Local Economic Blueprint,” a summary report by the REconomy Centre Totness, a citizens’ group in Transition Town of Totness, following “the leaky bucket theory”. The leaky bucket theory compares a local economy as a bucket and money as the water in the bucket. Water is poured into a bucket, which represents sales of items and/or services …

Kyoto Kodawari Marché 29: “Kodomo-Shokudo x Organic: Creating ‘Good’ Food Together” (Fumi Iwashima, Project Research Associate)

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The 29th of Kyoto Kodawari Marché was held at Kyoto Prefectural Office on the 10th of June and FEAST Project organized an event there entitled “Kodomo-Shokudo x Organic: Creating ‘Good’ Food Together” together with the Working Committee for Council for Future of Food and Agriculture, Kyoto. As one out of six children in Japan now lives in poverty and more and more children are eating alone, citizen and volunteer groups are reacting by creating kodomo-shokudo (children’s cafeteria or canteens), places where children are able to eat for free or a very reduced price together with someone within their own community. In Kyoto, there are several kodomo-shokudos including our collaborators for …

Kyoto Kodawari Marché 29: Mapping the Future of Food in Kyoto (Norie Tamura, Senior Project Researcher)

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At Kyoto Kodawari Marché 29 held at the Kyoto Prefectural Hall on June 10th, FEAST Project collaborated with NPO Tsukaisutejidai wo Kangaeru Kai (The Association for Ethical Waste Disposal Awareness) and its affiliated company limited, Anzennousan Kyokyu Center (Safe Produce Supply Center Ltd.) to organize an event “Painting delicious Kyoto: Let’s map out the future of food in Kyoto!”. What kind of “future of food in Kyoto” do the participants of such a marché event envision as ideal? The particular objective of this event was to visualize and understand these ideal visions. Four posters with different background sketches were prepared for the participants to add “their ideal future of food in …

Food as Ingredient for Memory: The exhibition “Food-scape in Mindscape” (Masahiro Terada, RIHN Visiting Associate Professor)

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How is the experience of eating narrated and memorized? When observing ‘eating’ as habitus in the lifeworld, we encounter problems of memory and subjectivity of eating. How the experience of eating remains in her/his memory is one of the fundamental elements that determine how she/he eats in the present. A centenarian remembers what he ate in his childhood vividly in detail. Since the beginning of FEAST Project, I have been making short films under the sub-project entitled “Narrative of Hundred Years of Food”. From 11th to 18th May, 2018, I had a chance to exhibit the research results of the field work that I conducted last year as a visual …

A Civic Meeting for Future of Farm and Table in Kyoto launched! (Aki Imaizumi, Project Researcher)

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On March 23rd, a kickoff meeting for “Shoku to Nou no Mirai Kaigi, Kyoto (Council for Future of Food and Agriculture, Kyoto; CFFA Kyoto)” was held at mumokuteki hall in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto. CFFA Kyoto is an open platform for Kyoto residents to approach the food-related issues from their own perspectives and explore possible strategies and solutions. Anyone who is interested in the food-related issues is welcome to join! Two themes for this first meeting were “promoting organic produce” and “promoting Kodomo-Shokudo (children’s cafeteria).” Organic produce is priced higher compared to non-organic one, resulting that those working with limited budget, including Kodomo-Shokudo, are unable to use. Those involved in organic …

Witnessing the birth of a new concept “Community Supported Trade” (Mai Kobayashi and Maximilian Spiegelberg, Project Researchers)

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We spent the weekend of March 3rd and 4th at the 『百姓一喜』(Hyakusho-ikki). The title for this event can be translated as the peasant revolution, but they used the character for “happiness(喜)”, rather than “riot(揆),” which had the same pronunciation. It was a second gathering of its kind that took place in Nantan, Kyoto. The event by the same name that took place one year ago was what created the group that calls itself Kyoto Organic Action (KOA), the core members of this group was the organizers for this event. Having decided relatively late to join the event, we are grateful for the organizer for taking us in, despite there being …

Model, Prizes, and Leaf litter: Challenges of personality rights (Mai Kobayashi, FEAST Project Researcher)

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I’d helped him with a reference letter for a scholarship for his studies at the College of Natural Resources (CNR). Sonam Phuntsho was a student of one of our research collaborators at the college. We soon found out that he had received the scholarship and since then, we had kept in touch over facebook messenger. It was one regular work day when Sonam sent me a photograph. It was a lady carrying a pile of leaves to use as bedding for her cattle. I had written a paper on the practice of using a plot of forest for this practice called Sokshing, and he thought I would be interested. It …

Ready for more-than-human? Measuring urban residents’ willingness to coexist with animals (Christoph Rupprecht)

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A peer-reviewed paper “Ready for more-than-human? Measuring urban residents’ willingness to coexist with animals” by Christoph Rupprecht (FEAST Project Researcher), which includes the research outputs of WG1, was published on Fennia-International Journal of Geography. Abstract: In the context of rapid urbanisation, geographers are calling for embracing non-humans as urban co-inhabitants. But if animals and plants are seen as ‘out of place’, sharing urban space can lead to wildlife conflicts. We therefore need to better understand residents’ willingness to coexist if we are to work towards more-than-human cities. This study quantitatively compared residents’ preferences toward sharing their neighbourhood, as well as perceptions of belonging across urban green space in two geographically and culturally distinct cities: …

Forum “Towards the future of organic farming: Thinking about good life and society with young farmers” (Yuko Kobayashi, Project Research Associate)

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Forum “Towards the future of organic farming: Thinking about good life and society with young farmers” was organized by NPO Tsukaisutejidai wo Kangaerukai (The Association for Ethical Waste & Disposal Awareness) and its associated organization, Anzen Nousan Kyokyu Center (Center for safe agricultural products) at Coop-in Kyoto on February 18th, and FEAST Project was invited to conduct visioning and gaming workshops as a part of the forum. A total of 70 people joined this event, which made the event very lively with enthusiastic discussions and kids’ chuckles and laughs. FEAST Project has been organizing a number of workshops to explore better futures of agriculture and food, employing various methods such as …

Effect of dolomite and biochar addition on N2O and CO2 emissions from acidic tea field soil

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A paper entitled “Effect of dolomite and biochar addition on N2O and CO2 emissions from acidic tea field soil” by Dr. Shigeto Sudo (Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NIAES)) and Prof. Akira Shibata (OIC Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University), Chairs of WG4, was published on PLOS ONE. Abstract: A laboratory study was conducted to study the effects of liming and different biochar amendments on N2O and CO2 emissions from acidic tea field soil. The first experiment was done with three different rates of N treatment; N 300 (300 kg N ha-1), N 600 (600 kg N ha-1) and N 900 (900 kg N ha-1) and four …

Workshop “The future of local food and agriculture in Kameoka City” (Hiraku Kumagai, Kyoto University)

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FEAST-WG 2 has organized a series of three workshops “The future of local food and agriculture in Kameoka City” in Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture on Sep 27th, Oct 16th and Nov 20th, 2017. Seven of us were part of the organizing committee: WG2 chair and members, Prof. Motoki Akitsu from Kyoto University, Prof. Mari Nakamura from Nagoya Bunri University, Norie Tamura, FEAST Sub-leader and RIHN Senior Researcher, as well as Steven McGreevy, FEAST Project leader, Yuko Matsuoka, FEAST Research Associate, Ryo Iwahashi and myself from Kyoto University. The 13 participants were those engaged in various agrifood-related issues ranging from agriculture, nutrition education to food processing etc in Kameoka City. The …

Reporting of my participation at the XXII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (Ayako Kawai, The Australian National University)

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I joined the XXII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology held from 28 Nov 2017 to 1 Dec at the University in the Philippines, Baños. I am currently a PhD student at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, focusing on seed saving practices in Japan. I am also a project member of FEAST. This conference has been held since 1985, and promotes ecological perspectives for research, education and practices. The conference title this year was ‘Envisioning Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures: Celebrating diversity, pursuing integration, and developing livable communities’. Presentation and paper sessions were organized based on the following four themes. (1) Health, …

The 1st RIHN/UCB International Workshop (Norie Tamura, Mai Kobayashi, Daniel Niles)

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On November 6-7th,  the first RIH/UCB International Workshop “Food, Agriculture, and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond” to commemorate the signing of a memorandum of understanding was held on the Berkeley campus. Norie Tamura (WG 3 Chair/Seniro Researcher), Mai Kobayashi (Project Researcher) and Daniel Niles (Associate Professor) gave talks on the WG3 research outputs as follows: Part I. Food and Agriculture Session 2. Organic agriculture and scale: Balancing environmental and consumer demands Mai Kobayashi | What we see from Bhutan and its relationship with ‘organic’ agriculture Bhutan has been portrayed as a “lighthouse” in the world of organic agriculture since its announcement to go 100% organic at …

The 1st RIHN/UCB International Workshop (Steven McGreevy)

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On November 6-7th,  the first RIH/UCB International Workshop “Food, Agriculture, and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond” to commemorate the signing of a memorandum of understanding was held on the Berkeley campus. Steven McGreevy, Project Leader, gave a talk on the WG2 research outputs as follows: Part I. Food and Agriculture Session 1. Urban biocultural food production & Food security Steven McGreevy | Scaling to holistic local food security: directions in agrifood system sustainability assessment How do we measure the transition from an unsustainable agrifood system to a sustainable one? Various scholars, institutions, and citizen groups have created a diverse set of tools for evaluating agrifood systems to aid …

The 1st RIHN/UCB International Workshop (Christoph Rupprecht)

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On November 6-7th,  the first RIH/UCB International Workshop “Food, Agriculture, and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond” to commemorate the signing of a memorandum of understanding was held on the Berkeley campus. Christoph Rupprecht, Project Researcher, gave a talk on the WG1 research outputs as follows: Part I. Food and Agriculture Session 1. Urban biocultural food production & Food security Christoph Rupprecht | Biocultural cityscapes: towards urban landscape stewardship Industrialized food systems leave cities vulnerable to food supply disruptions, disruptions likely to increase due to climate change. Urban residents also lack opportunities to self-produce food. Urban agriculture, community and home gardens, edible infrastructure, public fruit trees and informal gardening …

Visiting Berkeley for the 1st RIHN/UCB International Workshop “Food, Agriculture, and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond” (Steven R. McGreevy, Project Leader) 

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On November 6-7th, five of us from FEAST (Norie Tamura, Mai Kobayashi, Christoph Rupprecht, Daniel Niles, and myself) attended the first Research Institute for Humanity and Nature / University of California, Berkeley International Workshop to commemorate the signing of a memorandum of understanding. The workshop was entitled “Food, Agriculture, and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond” and was composed of eight sessions spanning two beautiful days at different venues on the Berkeley campus. FEAST was partly responsible for organizing Part I of the workshops, the first three sessions on “urban biocultural food production and food security,” “organic agriculture and scale: balancing environmental and consumer demands,” and “food …

FEAST Seminar “Future of Food and Agriculture in Nagano: The Role of Citizens in Transition to a Sustainable Society” (Yuko Kobayashi, Project Research Associate)

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Following the FEAST Symposium “Living with farmers’ markets: Transitioning to a sustainable society” in collaboration with Peace Flag Project at RIHN, Kyoto on November 23rd (Blog post is progress!), my next stop was Nagano. On the 24th, FEAST organized a seminar “Future of food and agriculture in Nagano: the role of citizens in transition to a sustainable society” at Gondou East Plaza in Nagano City. Currently, FEAST’s field sites in Japan are located in Kyoto City and Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture and Noshiro City, Akita Prefecture. From the next project year, activities in Nagano City will be also off and running. The objective is to build civic food networks with …