I'm living in Aioi, Hyogo prefecture. Been here about 3 months. Landed a job, so I'll be here for at least a year - trying to establish a network with some permie-minded people. I've met some great Japanese farmers through WWOOFing, but the general populace in the urban area where I live is pretty content to get their nutrients from the local grocery corporations. As I make slow progress with the language, I'm desperate to uncover some information regarding fresh local produce and how to get my hands on it. I'd also like to set up an army of containers for some vegetables for my building, but locating resources is difficult. Anybody having similar problems?
On the prowl for permies in Japan... drop me a line if and when you can!
I am a newbe here in Tokyo originally from the Chicagoland area. I discovered this forum while looking into cob homes. I am just getting started and need some help. Does anyone know any good intern programs that I can start off with or get some hands on learning in reference to the whole art/science of permiculture?
I was planning on making a trip to the US or Canada to get my feet wet in a cob building workshop. Any suggestions?
Crip- How's things? Any chance you know Bill of Bliss Sailing? I spent some time with him this past summer and I think I recall your name coming up. Actually, maybe via countrysideliving or sail-japan, too. I didn't realize you were so near where I am. Maybe we can meet up sometime...
I've been in Japan for 6 years in Numazu, Shizuoka. I've attempted a little organic garden in my backyard (Yeah, I live in a house in Japan) but I grow little more than a few tomatoes. basil, chili, long beans, chard and herbs. I have just started getting into permaculture and forest gardening. I really am just a beginner gardening but I do enjoy it.
I sometimes go foraging on the mountain I live on, Mt Ashitaka, and in my search to finds native wild food I came across this amazing bloke, Shikigami on the Izu Peninsular.
Student, "Do you like gardening?"
Me, "Yes. I even have a worm farm at home."
Student, "Ewh! You eat worms?!"
He was giving me directions and I was powerless to resist. I cannot resist this tiny ad: