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"Satoyama" Global Management -- Structuring society and the economy to balance comfortable communities with the Earth

2011-3-4 (Fri) 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, March 4, a special event, a concert held in conjunction with a symposium on the topic of "'Satoyama' Global Management -- Structuring society and the economy to balance comfortable communities with the Earth" will be held in the Shinsaibashi area of Osaka City. Because this unique event combines a concert and a symposium, the producers are calling it a "con-posium"...

First, a brief explanation of the Japanese concept "Satoyama."

Satoyama is a Japanese term for a mosaic of mixed forests, rice paddy fields, dry grain fields, grasslands, streams, ponds, and reservoirs and the people residing in that area. Farmers use the grasslands to feed farm animals. Streams, ponds, and reservoirs play an important role in providing water to paddy fields and fish farmed as a food source. However, Satoyama does not simply apply to such areas, but refers to a way of living that balances human activities with local ecology and environment in order to enrich both the humans living in the area and the natural environment. In short, both humans and the natural environment profit from this mutual arrangement; in a sense, both take care of one another.

There is a growing understanding of the importance of adopting the Satoyama approach to enrich both local economies and the environment, a Japanese idea and ideal that we should inherit with pride as a resource for achieving comfortable, sustainable economic activities in various fields.

This "con-posium" is being held in order to contribute to the development and understanding of Satoyama.

Following Japanese a taiko drumming performance, lectures on Satoyama will be delivered.

In addition to various lecturers, taiko performers, we have invited IDA Hiroko, NHK newscaster and certificated weather forecaster, Dr. WANI [alligator], the Osaka University's mascot character, and Machikane expedition team members.

Date & Time: Friday, March 4, 2011,  1:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Venue: Inner court & Hall on the1st floor, St.Grace Villa, Shinsaibashi, 1-1-18, Shin-machi, Nishi-ku, Osaka City

Sponsored by: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Scientific Research funded by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Theoretical History of Creating Order not based on the Concept of Community

In cooperation with: Osaka University Global Collaboration Center

Date: 2011-3-4 (Fri) 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL), Osaka University

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