Japanese Approaches to an Eco-Life
Putting Tradition to Work for the Environment
As one way to help preserve the environment, many Japanese today are looking to the past, seeking inspiration in traditional cultural aspects like reverence for nature or taking careful care of things to extend their useful lives. Their ecologically friendly lifestyles hint at ways to safeguard the health of the global environment for future generations.
- Keeping Mount Fuji at the Peak of Beauty
Mount Fuji has always been spectacular at a distance. But up close an excess of garbage has tarnished its beauty in recent years. This problem sparked a movement to clean up the mountain and conserve its natural environment. It’s an effort that’s more important than ever now that Mount Fuji has become a World Heritage site.
- Cooking Up a Do-It-Yourself Lifestyle
Uotsuka Jinnosuke, an expert on food culture, has for many years espoused in books and lectures the virtues of living a waste-free life. His approach to daily life is a way of protesting the overconsumption that characterizes contemporary Japanese life, raising the question of what true affluence means.
- A Breezy Style of Green Urban Living
The Kaze no Mori “collective housing” project in Tokyo offers residents the luxury of living next to a lush Japanese garden, providing cool summer breezes to reduce air-conditioning use and refreshing views year-round. Its combination of modern conveniences and traditional ingenuity is a model for environmentally friendly urban design.