To leave the satoyama culture for the future using Sakihama as an example



  • The Commemorative Foundation for the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan, 1990 (Expo ‘90 Foundation)


  • 24/08/2016

  • REGION :

  • Eastern Asia


  • Japan (Iwate Prefecture)


  • This study examined how the satoyama*1 culture has been and is being passed on to future generations in the Sakihama district of Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture, through literature searches, on-site investigations, and interviews. The results of the study are summarized as: 1) Overview of the Sakihama district (Location and land use, Population trends, Industry, and Domestic culture), and 2) Characteristics of the satoyama culture (Spatial linkage between satochi*2, satoyama, and satoumi*3, Inheritance of domestic wisdom adapted to weather and climate from the past, and Inheritance and development of the culture through the relationships among people). *1 An environment where people use nature and nature is conserved by the people who use it, on the border of sato (lit. village) and yama (lit. mountain) *2 Areas such as agricultural land and human settlements *3 A section of ocean that coexists with a nearby populated area. While this study found serious damage caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the associated tsunami, through which many valuable assets were lost, it was encouraging to learn that people have started to resume passing on and restoring the culture and blessings of mountains, villages and the ocean. The history and culture that have been passed down through the strong connection of mountains, villages, and the ocean are valuable regional resources. In this study, the researchers realized that it is important to carry out and improve activities to connect spaces with spaces, people with people, and the past with the present to pass on the valuable satoyama culture.


  • Linkage between mountains, villages and the ocean, industries in satoyama, lifestyles, domestic wisdom

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