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Rebuilding Faith: Fukushima Farmer Finds Support at Tokyo Farmers Market

Takako Kimura at the Nippori Farmers Market.

Takako Kimura at the Nippori Farmers Market in Tokyo. As a customer at Tokyo’s Nippori Farmers Market starts filling the katakuchi (shallow bamboo basket) that Takako Kimura holds for her, Takako speaks up. “It’s from Aizu Wakamatsu. Is it ok?” The woman, busy scanning Takako’s table groaning with daikon large and small, negi (long onions), broccoli and other... Read More

Nine Good Reasons to Find a Farmers Market in Tokyo

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With supermarkets and convenience stores on almost every block and food cooperatives that deliver right to the door, why take the extra time go to a farmers market? The answer lies in the variety these markets offer in terms of location and atmosphere, not to mention the produce and expertise found nowhere else in the city. From Kichijoji’s busy little market to the United... Read More

Eight Innovative Ways to Keep Cool in Tokyo

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Tokyo is not just the biggest city I’ve ever lived in, but it is easily the hottest. Coming from the American Midwest, I’m accustomed to heat and humidity, but in small doses. Usually, a week of withering 99-degree heat and high humidity settles in like a hot wet blanket that can’t be shaken off. It’s about then that the western sky visible through my mother’s... Read More

More Expert Advice from the Ekberg’s on Living Green

The Ekberg’s shared so much good information during the time we spent in their home interviewing them about their green remodel that we broke it into a few different articles here. Tips on how to take advantage of natural energy in the home as well as water saving techniques are all part and parcel of their holistic thinking for a One Planet Home. Read on and see what other... Read More

Remember to be Holistic! The Ekberg’s Expert Advice on Greening Your Home

Peo and Satoko shared countless tips during our visit, and we touched on the main points in the story of how they re-designed their new apartment. Whether planning a remodel or renting an partment, try to imagine your home as an eco-system in which you eat, find your clothes, and spend your time. As Peo often says, “Think holistic!” Then the steps to change become... Read More

Redefining Sustainability One Room at a Time: A Visit with Peo and Satoko Ekberg

Peo and Satoko Ekberg at home in Tokyo.

Peo and Satoko Ekberg don’t sit still for long. As sustainability consultants and practitioners with thirty-five years of experience between them, the two have guided organizations large and small to ecologically greener pastures. During that time they have also managed to lead annual eco tours to Sweden, Peo’s home country, write four books about their ideas and experiences,... Read More

A Guide to Food Buying in Japan Puts the Answer in Your Pocket

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Buying food in a foreign culture can be as intimidating as it can be exhilarating. A new country, more often than not, means new vegetables and fruits, some bearing only a slight resemblance to beloved favorites from home and others so different, they are a tad frightening. A new culture also presents new cooking challenges – a lack of an oven or only two burners on a stove, for... Read More

Udo: Good Things Grow in Odd Packages

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  Udo (Aralia cordata) is one of the stranger vegetables to be met in a Japanese market. It’s length alone – sometimes half a meter or more – can be intimidating. Add pale hairy skin with a blush of maroon near the center growth joint, a curl of leaves resembling a withered hand, and you have a decidedly freakish-looking vegetable. Yet, those that pass this wild... Read More

Harvest of Hope vegetable delivery service from WaNavi Japan

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Eco+waza is pleased to bring you news of a new vegetable delivery service from Hokkaido which has been set up by WaNavi Japan. This great service not only provides you with healthy and delicious vegetables but supports victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake as well. What is Harvest of Hope? Harvest of Hope is a collaborative project between Hokkaido Hopeland and WaNavi... Read More

Nanohana no Kurashie: A Recipe for Spring in Japan

Nanohana- With the moon in the east And the sun in the west. – Yosa Buson, 1716-1783 One of spring’s first greens (or winter’s last, depending on how you look at it) nanohana 菜の花 are as cheerful as they are delicious with their bright green leaves and yellow flowers. It’s easy to imagine the signature bright blooms glowing in the mix of first and last... Read More