Introduction

We are excited toyBc0hztVk_w7JYyFDOBr74VwYBryzNpueHwQvB9298k announce our new project, TOYOUKE NO MORI.
TOYOUKE NO MORI is located in a beautiful hill in Nara. Away from city life and getting immersed in countryside living with a farm, we aim to create a community where people share the abundance and a true joy of life.
So far, we have leased 3,000 square meters of forestland and started cultivating a fertile soil for the farm, created infrastructures including refurbished old structures as two temporary housings, and started to host our initial programs. Next, we plan to purchase land and construct a new studio and accommodation facilities.
This next step will require 5 million yen(~$500,000).  Please join us in our effort and help us create a new model of a sustainable community. Your contribution will be an essential part for our beginning.
Thank you very much for your support and faith in our work.


<TOYOUKE NO MORI Purpose>
The YAMABE NO MICHI (a mountainside path), where ancient people walked, is located in a beautiful green hill on the eastern side of the Nara valley.
Along this path, many ancient tombs exist. In the vicinity of TOYOUKE NO MORI, there are many places with deep connections to Japanese feminine cultures and traditions.

In Nara, at a birthplace of Japanese ancient culture, we women will inherit and pass on the natural farming principles and philosophies that our ancestors have kept alive.
Through farming and eating, we receive and appreciate the blessings from the heavens and the earth and become one with the Mother Earth that cherishes all forms of life. Moving away from city life and getting immersed in countryside living with a farm, we can transform ourselves from the material-based values and live in a simple and truly rich life.
The TOYOUKE NO MORI project aims to cultivate a community where people feel their hearts and are connected with the sensibility of beauty. In this community, people create and realize their dreams and a life of abundance.

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The internet allowed us to access the world from anywhere and makes it possible to live locally with a global perspective.
We are now entering the era of economy based on the sun’s energy to co-exist with nature by harnessing the blessings of the sun, wind, water, and the earth.
While networking with world wide, we create a space for keeping and spreading the traditions of Japan’s beautiful culture and learning and exchanging practices with other cultures for living humbly in harmony with nature.

 

Screenshot 2015-07-22 17.21.00A symbol of TOYOUKE NO MORI captures the image of a dogu (a clay female figure made during the prehistoric Jomon period) and written within are the characters 豊受 (Toyouke), which means “receiving abundance.” These characters represent the spirit of rice, which has been handed down for over 2,000 years as a symbol of life in Japan.


<TOYOUKE NO MORI Three Pillars>

  • Sense of oneness to all living things
  • Mindfulness and an importance of daily life
  • A network of friends around the world with whom to share the traditions of Japan
  • and to learn from each other

<TOYOUKE NO MORI Offerings>

  • Edible education
  • Farm
  • Lodging
  • Eco-tourism/Pilgrimage
  • Restaurant

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<TOYOUKE NO MORI Projections>
△ 2015 ~
Leased 3,000 square meters of forestland and started the creation of TOYOUKE NO MORI infrastructures.
For temporary housing, refurbished old structures using recycled wood and flooring and created two buildings for two million yen (~$20,000).
Provide programs to practice mindful living through samu (the Zen practice of daily work including cleaning and fieldwork).
By 2016, we will establish current accommodation facilities. Until 2017, concentrate on creating fertile soil at the farm.
△ 2018 ~
Plan to construct a new studio and accommodation facilities that incorporate Japanese architectural technology.
Plan to purchase land and construct facilities for a cost of 50 million yen (~$500,000).
Host programs that provide mutual learning opportunities from everyday work at the farm and house.
Host pilgrimages from visitors abroad and organize ecological tours.

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Community Vision
Make an organic farm collective.
Create relationships with chambers of commerce, non-profits, universities, and city government.
Expand the concept of eco-tourism, spreading Nara’s local values, with food and traditional hospitality. Collaborate with tourist industries including hotels, inns, and restaurants.
Increase self-sustainability of the region. Create new attractive professions fostering small businesses based on organic living. Establish a sustainable community model with increased local employment.
From Japan, support the establishment of sustainable communities across pan-Pacific and Asia.

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