2023.3.27  24 seasons 03.21 - 04.04 vernal equinox 72 sub-seasons 03.26 - 03.30 no.11 Cherry blossoms begin to bloom.

“Regional Development Project Utilizing Traditional Foods ‘Akajaga (Red Potatoes)’ and ‘Awabatadaizu (Awabata Soybeans)”

Gunma Prefectural Seta Norin High School, Plant Biology Research Department

The aging population is a serious issue for the town of Kanna in Tano County, Gunma Prefecture, and as a result, its precious genetic resource has begun to vanish. Through efforts to revive and utilize the cultivation of "Akajaga (red potatoes)" and "Awabatadaizu (Awabata soybeans)," the research department is contributing to the preservation of the region's genetic resources and its revitalization.

2019.12.26 Read more »

Connecting Bumble Bees and the Future, Creating a Sustainable Town – The Nagoya Cultural Path Bumble Bee Project

Aichi Commercial High School Unesco Club

In order to help build a sustainable community, the Aichi Commercial High School Unesco Club launched the "Nagoya Cultural Path Bumble Bee Project" and began urban beekeeping on the roof top of the high school. With a focus on bumble bees, the students are undertaking a wide range of activities including the development of products and initiatives that attempt to achieve the SDGs.

2019.12.26 Read more »

Establishing a regional brand of vegetables grown on regionally recycled food waste

Okaeri Yasai Project

This project takes food waste from supermarkets, school lunches, restaurants, homes, etc. and recycles it into compost. Then the vegetables and rice grown using the compost are returned to supermarkets, schools, hotels, etc. as “Okaeri Yasai” (Welcome home vegetables).

2018.12.26 Read more »

Children’s hometown building – “Oyster Farming Experience”

Ishinomaki Shiritsu Ohara Elementary School

This initiative, which began in 1999, has thrived even after the Great East Japan Earthquake thanks to the support and cooperation of parents, guardians, and the regional community. The school aims to help nurture children, who will one day contribute to restoration, by providing a comprehensive education that includes a class on forestry where students are given an opportunity to experience every process of oyster farming, learn about food, and the bio-richness of the sea.

2017.12.27 Read more »

“Protecting Lake Biwa by eating” – Shiga regional cuisine education

Shibukawa Elementary School, Executive Committee on Shiga Regional Cuisine Education

To develop a deeper affection for the region, this committee teaches children about Shiga's regional cuisine. Teaching children about the regional cuisine and ensuring that the food culture lives on ultimately helps protect Lake Biwa's environment. That is why, with many people's collaboration, the committee established the "Shiga Regional Cuisine Museum."

2017.12.27 Read more »

Various partnership spreading from local cooperation through raising plants to make fruit syrup

Dongri-Kurabu for Natural Life in Forest Co.

The Dongri-Kurabu for Natural Life in Forest Co. makes fruit syrup from plants native to the region. Fruit used to make syrup comes from plants, for example Gamazumi (Viburnum dilatatum), that have been cultivated from seeds. The club is currently cultivating over 800 saplings.

2016.11.18 Read more »

Let’s get rid of abandoned bamboo forests by eating bamboo

Specified Non-Profit Corporation Kamome

Kamome is a volunteer group that takes care of abandoned bamboo forests. Exasperated by super resilient bamboos that keep growing back, the group began an initiative - "Let's get rid of abandoned bamboo forests by eating bamboo" - which aims to develop food products using bamboo.

2015.11.06 Read more »

Hiyori Kitchen

Hiyori Kitchen

The Hiyori Kitchen's key concept is to develop a "new food culture for Ishinomaki" with a fresh set of eyes. It is a restaurant that was established as a center for research, discovery, and development of new foods and recipes unique to Ishinomaki and transformation of these assets into a resource for tourism.

2014.10.10 Read more »

Cooking of traditional foods of the Shiga and Lake Biwa area

Eco idea kids, Lake Biwa

Children who participate in this program discover Lake Biwa's rich bounty by learning how to cook the traditional foods of Shiga Prefecture, as well as coming to love and have pride in their region. This initiative also aspires to the creation of a new food culture through the fostering of relationships.

2013.11.03 Read more »

Green Lantern

Green Lantern Supporters

Choosing local foods, restaurants and pubs is an easy way to practice local consumption.

2013.04.03 Read more »