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If we continue our current way of life, by 2030 two planets wouldn’t be enough to support us. This problem will not be resolved easily, and will require our generation to make great strides, to move past country borders and overcome the issue together.

In Japan the word ‘satoyama’ generally refers to the border zone between the mountain foothills and flat land near to a village. It is a place where people live in harmony with nature, harvesting its bounty but also being stewards of the land. When we moved to Kyoto’s satoyama we discovered wisdom about sustainability dating back over one thousand years. If there’s no one to inherit this wisdom, it risks being lost forever. This is why our approach is to gain a deep understanding of the region so that we can reinterpret that knowledge in a fresh way for the next generation, and where applicable, spread satoyama wisdom worldwide. For each project, we partner with creatives at home and abroad in order to create the ecosystem, and the international network that leads sustainable enterprise.

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    We moved to Keihoku from the city, and while spreading our roots we engaged with the locals on a person-to-person basis, building trust. Working together, we developed projects which sought to make the most of the resources in the region. These included a program for foreign visitors and an educational program by linking up with educational institutions overseas.

  • study tour

    The satoyama’s a vast and flexible classroom. Focused study programs that aim to solve local issues by making the best of nature, local industry, people and culture. We offer a space where enterprises and students with a thirst for a challenge can try out new projects or business ideas.

  • private tour

    Take in the beauty of the season in Kyoto’s satoyama with a local guide who is experienced in tours that offer an authentic experience of local life. Why not step out of the hustle and bustle of normal life, and embark on a bespoke journey into the wilderness created just for you.

  • local business design

    We support other rural regions develop their hospitality industry and create tourism programs. We share our community tourism expertise, linking up with local government and regional players, working together to create an ecosys- tem for business and an environment open to outsiders, which in turn creates a self-propelling business.

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⛰At ROOTS our mission is to share satoyama knowledge with the world. But what does satoyama mean anyway?
Generally it refers to the the flat land between at the foothills of the mountains and human settlements. It is a semi-wild environment where humans live in harmony with nature by stewarding the land. Japanese people have long depended on the satoyama for food and supplies for daily life and so it’s here we can find a lot of ancient wisdom that can help us live more sustainable lives today. Above are some of the areas where the satoyama way of life are particularly instructive.

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Good morning from Keihoku! After the rain yesterday it cleared up nicely for the national holiday today. The cold of Winter can be keenly felt in the mornings and evenings. Stay warm! What your plans for Culture Day?

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One of our strengths as a company is that most of our team lives in Keihoku and know the community very well. It allows us access and collaborations that are usually impossible for outsiders. ⠀

We are designers, educators, communicators, facilitators, guides, filmmakers, with expertise in traditional techniques from architecture to local food and natural dying. ⠀

The best part of all is to be able to work with like minded people who are passionate about solving problems and sharing knowledge 👯⠀

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Autumn is in full swing in Keihoku 🍂⠀
Recently we have been having a lot of fine weather too. Perfect for working in the fields or getting out for a walk or cycle.🚵🏽‍♀️⠀
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What are your favourite Autumn activities?⁠⠀
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🌲Forestry X traditional skills X architecture students⁠⠀
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We believe that hands-on experience allows students so ask more profound questions when problem-solving local issues. This is why we link up student groups with local experts, our Wisdom Meisters, and teach them traditional skills. ⁠⠀
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📷 Here some students from Hong Kong Poly U constructed a treehouse using trees that were damaged in a recent typhoon. They learned to break down the trees into usable lumber and constructed a functional treehouse in a week. ⁠⠀
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Hello! We are ROOTS. ⠀

We combine education and design to provide hands-on learning experiences and in-depth study tours from Keihoku, Kyoto. ⠀

We also work with other rural regions in Japan and overseas using design principles to solve local issues. ⠀

We want to grow our network of rural communities and design a more community based future together! Give us a follow to join in! ⠀

#kyoto #offthebeatentrack #authentickyoto #kyotoexperience #keihoku #visitjapan #anotherkyoto #studytour #communitybasedeconomy #regionaltourism #tradition #japaneseculture #designthinking ⠀
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