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November 2018

Living In Tune with Nature: Japan’s Connection to Wood

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THEME FOR November
Living In Tune with Nature: Japan’s Connection to Wood

Japan’s love and respect for wood are evident in everything from its forests to the homes people live in, the places they worship in and the instruments they play. The country and its people are striving mightily to preserve the living legacy they inherited?such as the magnificent cedars on the remote island of Yakushima?and the buildings and traditional arts and crafts fashioned from it.

FEATURES

Protecting, Growing and Utilizing Japan’s Forests

An interview with Kouji Makimoto, director-general of the Forestry Agency, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

People and Nature Transform a Wasteland into a Special Forest

The sacred forest around Meiji Jingu Shrine went through a carefully controlled evolution over the course of a century

Community Building in the Forest of the Golden Eagles

The AKAYA Project seeks to revive a vast forest ecosystem in Gunma Prefecture and provide shelter for endangered golden eagles

Yakushima: Island of Thousand-Year-Old Cedars

On a mountainous island off Kyushu, wooden giants that grew up tough in harsh conditions now thrive in protected splendor

A Life Dedicated to Wood and Community

Mitsuo Ogawa was disinherited for pursuing his love of building and rebuilding Japan’s wooden shrines and temples

The Merits of Traditional Japanese Houses: A Perspective from the Engawa

Insights into how the front porch of traditional Japanese wooden homes influenced family and community life

The Sounds of Tradition in the Art of Making Koto

A master koto maker muses about the look and resonance of his instruments and the paulownia logs he fashions them from

The Satisfying Union of Scandinavian Furniture and Japaneseness

Scandinavian furniture and culture have found a place in Japanese homes and hearts, and in turn derived design ideas from Japan

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FROM JAPAN TO THE WORLD
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A TRIP BY LOCAL TRAIN
Riding the Rails Along Hozugawa Canyon