Category Archives: Japan

Walkers Are Welcome goes international

I have learnt the joy of walking the footpaths.  Through walking you realise the beauty and abundance of nature.  I would like to spread the culture of walking in Japan. So said Ms Ruriko Izawa, member of the planning committee … Continue reading

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A new inclosure-movement?

A century and a half ago we thought the inclosures were coming to an end—about the time that the Open Spaces Society was formed. Indeed, I said as much in Japan to an international audience on commons, and commiserated with … Continue reading

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Global commons and their communities

What is the role of community-based organisations (CBOs) in protecting and managing commons, and how do they relate to non-governmental organisations (NGOs)?  At the recent conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons in Japan, I chaired … Continue reading

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Kikigaki: making history now

Kikigaki is Japanese for ‘listening and writing’.  At the conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons at Kitafuji there was a display of posters with stories of people who lived and worked locally on the slopes … Continue reading

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Random reflections on life in Japan

Japan is a friendly, polite country; it feels safe.  In Fujiyoshida few people spoke English, but they made a great effort to understand and be understood. The menus, which would otherwise have been unintelligible, were much helped by illustrations.  Outside some … Continue reading

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The boundary between heaven and earth

The fifth station on Mount Fuji (Tenchinosakai) is said to be ‘the boundary between heaven and earth’.  It’s a shame that it has been so abused.  This is where the vehicular road ends, and the site is dominated by a … Continue reading

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Lin’s legacy

On 5 June, on behalf of the Open Spaces Society I received the international Elinor Ostrom Award for the society’s work on commons.  This was at the 14th global conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons … Continue reading

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