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Volunteering in Japan Article at Metropolis Magazine

Volunteers planting native species near Sendai as part of the Great Forest Wall Project . May, 2016 I firmly believe that volunteering is one of the best ways to meet people, get to know a community, and to lend a hand . It educates the volunteer about the world around them, often the one just outside the doorstep that should be the most visible but often goes entirely unseen for far too long. At home in the US I volunteered with a variety of organizations, and when we came to Japan I wanted to continue; however, there were a few challenges. Even eight years ago, there wasn't the same budding volunteer culture or a feeling for the importance of non-profit organizations. That, though, has started to change, and there is more interest in as well as a push for volunteers than ever before. It's a wonderful thing to see happening here, to see so many hands offered in order to help others. Read my story about volunteering in Japan and find out how to get involved.

Tokyo and Yokohama Regional Farmers Market: Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th

Good veg and more from Shizouka at GreenMarket Sumida! I'm home in the US for a visit, but these great markets are still going strong this weekend in Japan! Contrary to popular belief, winter is one of the best seasons for vegetables in Japan. Many of my favorites - winter greens and root crops - are at their prime this time of year, so head on our to snap up vibrant bundles of komatsuna, spinach, and some of the sweetest cabbage available all year long. Kamakura Farmers Market Every day This market is an absolute treasure of a small local affair featuring Kamakura heirloom fruits and vegetables raised in or nearby another one of Japan's former capitals. Head in early to get the best selection and pick up a loaf of Paradise Alley's charcoal-infused bread while you're there. They also make an excellent cup of coffee. 7am until sold out Map Ebisu Market Every Sunday A small handful of years ago, the Ebisu Market became a weekly Sunday event. Part of the or

Tokyo and Yokohama Regional Farmers Markets: Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th

Farmer and farmer-in-diapers at Nagoya's Organic Market. Snow flies just outside my window as I type, and I worry some about the winter vegetables down in my garden. I know they are hardy and that the cold only makes them sweeter (like me!), but still...All the more reason then to venture out to one of these most excellent markets and support the growers and producers who toil in the chill wind to bring those delightful leafy greens, scrumptious grains of rice and so much more to their stalls each weekend. Look especially for organic growers or those using organic products. It may not be perfect, but it is a step in the right direction for mitigating climate change, keeping land in production, and ensuring food security . Market of the Sun Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th The newest of Tokyo's farmers markets at two years old,  Market of the Sun (a.k.a. Taiyo Marche) , professes to be one of the largest. A short walk from Tsukiji Market and its wonder

Thursday Snapshot: Vegetable Lanterns at Shimane Caste

Wherever I go, it seems I run into vegetables. I happened to be in Shimane Prefecture last autumn just as they were celebrating their lantern festival. In the evening the castle grounds are aglow with light from lanterns with shades that depict a variety of stories, mythical characters, and stunning artwork. These two beauties were part of a series closest to the castle itself and depicted tomatoes on blossoming vines and a variety of mouth-watering mushrooms. Read more about my trip and the utterly fascinating ancient prefecture of Shimane here and then go!

February Farmers Markets in Tokyo and Yokohama

A Chiba farmer at Greenmarket Sumida. February is a month with a day devoted to love, Black History , and some very special birthdays. It is, then, a perfect opportunity to head to one of these great markets and show some love to small-scale growers and producers who do their best to keep our food sources diversified, delicious, and local. They are like little Food Tank Summits each week or month, dedicated to helping people build community around food and do what they can to lend each other a hand. Supporting these people is one of the easiest ways to move in a direction that is good for everyone everywhere. Fresh food never tasted so good. Greenmarket Sumida Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 5th Just over the bridge from Senso-ji is the newest market in the heart of the city. A collaborative effort between the local government and the same folks who manage Market of the Sun and Yokohama's Kitanaka Marche, Greenmarket Sumida aims to fill the supermarket gap in