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Seek Sustainable Japan (previously Seeking Sustainability Live) is an interview series with "good people doing great things in Japan". SSJ started in 2020 to give us hope by sharing the insights and good work of others. This interview centered talkshow seeks out better options in life, work and travel by talking with insiders and experts across Japan. How can we enhance our quality of life, yet have less impact on the environment and still have successful businesses and economies? There are ...
 
Hi I'm JJWalsh, a Hiroshima, Japan based sustainable travel consultant, content creator and guide. Every Tuesday, I will be exploring great travel destinations in Japan I've had the pleasure of visiting to introduce the successes and hurdles and potential for better tourism and travel. This podcast is an extension of the Seeking Sustainability Live Talkshow-Podcast launched in 2020– interviews with good people doing great things with a lens on sustainability innovation and insights in Japan. ...
 
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Fritz Schumann is from (East) Germany and has a long interest in Japan. Here he talks of coming as a student in 2009 and then as an exchange student and now a passionate writer, filmmaker, photographer and journalist who is passionately interested in sub-cultures and telling the stories of marginalized groups in Japan. Fritz is a talented visual jo…
 
Fritz Schumann is a talented visual journalist who has been working on meaningful Japan stories by making powerful documentary films and writing stories about people whose stories are important, but rarely told. LINKS Okunoshima - Japan's Poison Gas Factory Documentary https://okunoshima.video/ All Fritz documentary films on VIMEO: https://vimeo.co…
 
What is zero-waste look like in actuality, does it really mean zero-waste?! This is the audio for an article I wrote on MEDIUM titled "Zero-Waste Branding Scrutiny" in response to an "insight tour" I gave to a visiting journalist who wanted to add Kamikatsu to his book, but was disappointed. This informs me as to how I need to do future tours and o…
 
What is zero-waste look like in actuality, does it really mean zero-waste?! This is the audio for an article I wrote on MEDIUM titled "Zero-Waste Branding Scrutiny" in response to an "insight tour" I gave to a visiting journalist who wanted to add Kamikatsu to his book, but was disappointed. This informs me as to how I need to do future tours and o…
 
00:00 Welcome Stefanie Sekich-Quinn 00:43 Passion started in childhood 02:30 Save the Trestles Campaign 06:50 OKTie Wooden Glasses on Etsy 07:30 Policy & Implementation 11:00 State by State Report Card 15:30 Collecting Data 18:00 Public access to beaches 19:20 Outdated thinking 21:20 Real Estate Value & Risk 23:00 Hawaii's Vulnerability Assessment …
 
Today's Topics: 00:00 JJWalsh & Tove Kinooka Intro 00:35 Hawaii vs Japan 01:00 Little Hands Product 02:15 Ichion Forum ESG Event 05:11 Women Inspire Event 06:13 Women in Law Event 09:34 Re-Use Hawaii Deconstruction 11:30 One Young World 15:23 Online Courses Sustainability 19:45 Ahead of compliance 20:43 Hacking Sustainability BCCJ 23:50 Plastic Pol…
 
00:00 Welcome Stefanie Sekich-Quinn 00:43 Passion started in childhood 02:30 Save the Trestles Campaign 06:50 OKTie Wooden Glasses on Etsy 07:30 Policy & Implementation 11:00 State by State Report Card 15:30 Collecting Data 18:00 Public access to beaches 19:20 Outdated thinking 21:20 Real Estate Value & Risk 23:00 Hawaii's Vulnerability Assessment …
 
Today's Topics: 00:00 JJWalsh & Tove Kinooka Intro 00:35 Hawaii vs Japan 01:00 Little Hands Product 02:15 Ichion Forum ESG Event 05:11 Women Inspire Event 06:13 Women in Law Event 09:34 Re-Use Hawaii Deconstruction 11:30 One Young World 15:23 Online Courses Sustainability 19:45 Ahead of compliance 20:43 Hacking Sustainability BCCJ 23:50 Plastic Pol…
 
Hello Podcast listeners- apologies for the long absence, working from outside my normal studio at home in Japan has been a bigger challenge than expected, but I am back and rearing to go. Over the next few weeks, I am taking a break from the usual focus on Japan, to add insights from my break in Hawaii which also help us see issues and successes in…
 
Hello Podcast listeners- apologies for the long absence, working from outside my normal studio at home in Japan has been a bigger challenge than expected, but I am back and rearing to go. Over the next few weeks, I am taking a break from the usual focus on Japan, to add insights from my break in Hawaii which also help us see issues and successes in…
 
After many years away from my childhood home, being back in Oahu, Hawaii this year was illuminating in many good and bad ways. Most of the examples here are focused on the main island of Oahu - the business and government center of the Hawaiian islands. Actually, I had expected Hawaii to be further along in some sustainability focused areas and sur…
 
Last year food-stylist author Hannah Kirshner gave us insights into her book on her experiences in a small rural town in Ishikawa- she learned how to make sake, grew organic rice, hunted for boar and wild ducks, made charcoal, turned wood into bowls, and worked at a stylish izakaya bar that started her incredible journey. This time, Hannah joins us…
 
Historian-authors Oleg Benesch and Ran Zwigenberg give us insights from their interesting book about Japanese castles which is now in paperback format: BOOK: Japan's Castles - Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace (3/2020 - Cambridge University Press) Japan's castles have had interesting transitions in how they were rebranded throughout history- e…
 
Last year food-stylist author Hannah Kirshner gave us insights into her book on her experiences in a small rural town in Ishikawa- she learned how to make sake, grew organic rice, hunted for boar and wild ducks, made charcoal, turned wood into bowls, and worked at a stylish izakaya bar that started her incredible journey. This time, Hannah joins us…
 
Foraging for food in forests, rivers and oceans is an important aspect of human survival throughout history and in Japan, there is still a use of and admiration of foraged foods as a part of the seasonal appeal of dishes. Watch the Video of this talk here on YouTube Winifred Bird spent years researching and writing stories of people across Japan wh…
 
Historian-authors Oleg Benesch and Ran Zwigenberg give us insights from their interesting book about Japanese castles which is now in paperback format: BOOK: Japan's Castles - Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace (3/2020 - Cambridge University Press) Japan's castles have had interesting transitions in how they were rebranded throughout history- e…
 
John Rucynski has published a collection of essays written by international residents of Japan who are deeply engaged and passionate about Japanese culture, lifestyle, sports, traditions, design and art in a book he edited called "A Passion for Japan". Buy the Book Here. I was so impressed by the variety of different views of life in Japan from the…
 
Hannah Lewis introduces the Miyawaki method devised by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki in this book about international success stories for this small scale forestry method that can take as little space as a carpark for 6 cars (but recommended to use at least a tennis court sized space). Watch the video of our talk here on YouTube Hannah Lewis Web…
 
Foraging for food in forests, rivers and oceans is an important aspect of human survival throughout history and in Japan, there is still a use of and admiration of foraged foods as a part of the seasonal appeal of dishes. Watch the Video of this talk here on YouTube Winifred Bird spent years researching and writing stories of people across Japan wh…
 
Dr.Ran Zwigenberg is associate professor at Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on modern Japanese and European history, with a specialization in memory and cultural history. Ran Zwigenberg has taught and lectured in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Japan. Zwigenberg’s first book, Hiroshima: The Origins of Global Memory Cultur…
 
John Rucynski has published a collection of essays written by international residents of Japan who are deeply engaged and passionate about Japanese culture, lifestyle, sports, traditions, design and art in a book he edited called "A Passion for Japan". Buy the Book Here. I was so impressed by the variety of different views of life in Japan from the…
 
Dr.Ran Zwigenberg is associate professor at Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on modern Japanese and European history, with a specialization in memory and cultural history. Ran Zwigenberg has taught and lectured in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Japan. Zwigenberg’s first book, Hiroshima: The Origins of Global Memory Cultur…
 
Most of us feel like our garbage issues are over once we put it out to be disposed of or it goes "away" in the bin, but garbage and waste management costs every society around the world a lot of money and manpower and it is something that every one of us is involved in, so isn't it worth trying to make it more efficient and better managed? Read mor…
 
So excited to pass this 400th episode milestone in June of 2022 after starting the series in April of 2020 - what a journey. This talk is an AMA (ask me anything) session of common questions I get and the philosophy and insights about the show. I'm passionate about the next 100 over this pivotal year in Japan- thank you all so much for your interes…
 
Most of us feel like our garbage issues are over once we put it out to be disposed of or it goes "away" in the bin, but garbage and waste management costs every society around the world a lot of money and manpower and it is something that every one of us is involved in, so isn't it worth trying to make it more efficient and better managed? Read mor…
 
What is the best way forward for the Japan travel planners, managers, guides and those working in hospitality as we prepare for the borders to open and international travelers to be welcomed back. Watch the video of the talk here. Alex Kerr is an author, speaker, consultant and visionary who founded the Chiiori trust- a chain of successful rural gu…
 
What is the best way forward for the Japan travel planners, managers, guides and those working in hospitality as we prepare for the borders to open and international travelers to be welcomed back. Watch the video of the talk here. Alex Kerr is an author, speaker, consultant and visionary who founded the Chiiori trust- a chain of successful rural gu…
 
At Robert Yellin's beautiful gallery in Kyoto, here is the first on-location livestreamed interview with "good people doing great things" across Japan as a new sub-series of the Seek Sustainable Japan talkshow series. The audio is a bit echoey (sorry podcast listeners) but I am working on improving the audio for future on-location talks like this -…
 
Georgia and Japan have had a long international relationship for business with over 600 Japanese businesses in the state employing 35,000 people. This has led to many years of intercultural relations between Japan and the US in Georgia for shared culture events. Recently, a traditional Japanese temple bell has established between a small rural town…
 
Rebecca Otowa is an inspiration to anyone who is deeply invested in a life and career in Japan. Here we talk about 3 of her published books and she reads some parts to us as well. Talk VIDEO here. Writers and artists like Rebecca are so important to give us important insights into the integrated experience as both an outsider and insider in Japanes…
 
Rebecca Otowa is an inspiration to anyone who is deeply invested in a life and career in Japan. Here we talk about 3 of her published books and she reads some parts to us as well. Talk VIDEO here. Writers and artists like Rebecca are so important to give us important insights into the integrated experience as both an outsider and insider in Japanes…
 
James Hollow MBE is the CEO of Fabric a sustainability-focused consultancy in Tokyo which did an interesting survey with Japanese consumers in 2021 which we talked about here on Seek Sustainable Japan: https://youtu.be/AxrT7d05WIk Now in 2022, Fabric has followed up with another survey to compare where consumers attitudes to sustainability and sust…
 
Wow! the 60th sustainable travel Japan episode- thank you all for your support in getting to this point. Some thoughts about sustainable travel and tourism here on things I've learned about the importance of travel for a more sustainable, peaceful and empathetic world. In 2019, I was training guides how to better communicate information and stories…
 
How can we tackle 2 major issues of sustainability in Japan- the two-thirds wastefulness of all good food that ends up in the garbage and the 20 million people living in Japan below the poverty line who struggle to fill their family tables with good food every day? Here Charles E McJilton tells us about how starting his organization in Tokyo has be…
 
Bobby Okinaka has had a long connection to Japan and now finds himself seeking opportunities in rural Japan which has led to a passion for taking care of the soil and creating sustainable community building projects in Niyodogawa Kochi. Bobby Okinaka lives in Niyodogawa where he is working on sustainably focused projects like renovating old houses …
 
Ted Taylor is a writer and travel guide who loves long wanders around Japan and sharing insights about culture, tradition, history and folklore he learns along the way with his audience and visitors. Here we talk about his philosophy to enjoy life and travel in Japan as well as some of his writing projects and explorations. Edward J. Taylor is a mu…
 
Dr.Yoko Iwamoto is an Associate Professor and researcher at Hiroshima university who is studying ocean aerosols and nutrients in Japan's Seto Inland Sea as well as in the Oceans. A lot of her research shows the effects of human behavior and climate change on the oceans and fisheries in the Seto Inland Sea area of Hiroshima, Japan. #sustainability #…
 
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) held a World Youth pitch competition in April which Nana Sekimoto from Hiroshima joined with her idea GOMIMIN: an app for people to get points while they pick up trash. Nana's pitch was the runner-up winner, so she will have $1000 USD to help get her idea into a reality. In this talk, Nana will introduce…
 
Rochelle Kopp is also an advocate for trees, parks and preservation of green spaces in Japan's big cities. As a self-described tree-hugger, she has been raising awareness of plans to cut down thousands of trees including 100-year old trees in Tokyo. In 2021, she led a campaign to spare the trees in Tokyo's famous Yoyogi park and is now working to s…
 
Ted Taylor is a writer and travel guide who loves long wanders around Japan and sharing insights about culture, tradition, history and folklore he learns along the way with his audience and visitors. Here we talk about his philosophy to enjoy life and travel in Japan as well as some of his writing projects and explorations. Edward J. Taylor is a mu…
 
Entrepreneur Lee Xian Jie is a Singaporean who studied in Tokyo, worked in tourism as a guide in Kyoto, and is now a community builder and entrepreneur in Ryujinmura village, Wakayama - deep in the Kumano mountains, where is he preparing to open his own cafe and guest house. In this talk, Lee tells us about the old houses he has been renovating for…
 
In this talk, co-organizers of the May 14 Women to Inspire a Sustainable Japan event, Tove Kinooka and JJWalsh, give a summary of the May 14th, 2022 event in both Tokyo, Hiroshima and online. As we share some insights from our events and how we hope it will develop and grow in the future, it can also be a good model for other event planners and org…
 
Entrepreneur Lee Xian Jie is a Singaporean who studied in Tokyo, worked in tourism as a guide in Kyoto, and is now a community builder and entrepreneur in Ryujinmura village, Wakayama - deep in the Kumano mountains, where is he preparing to open his own cafe and guest house. In this talk, Lee tells us about the old houses he has been renovating for…
 
Brett Rasmussen is originally from the US and first went to live on this remote island called OJIKA in Nagasaki prefecture as a JET ALT teacher. He then worked in tourism and now found a passion for restoring traditional old houses and structures (minka/kominka). Brett works on Ojika island and elsewhere in Japan under the name “Okibi”. In this tal…
 
Simona Zollet is originally from Italy and is now a researcher and educator at Hiroshima university who is focused on rural areas around the Chugoku-Shikoku areas of Japan. Here we talk about some of Simona's insights about successful case studies that she has found in small rural communities and interesting similarities and differences in comparis…
 
Simona Zollet is originally from Italy and is now a researcher and educator at Hiroshima university who is focused on rural areas around the Chugoku-Shikoku areas of Japan. Here we talk about some of Simona's insights about successful case studies that she has found in small rural communities and interesting similarities and differences in comparis…
 
Dr.Meng Qu (Mo) is originally from Shanghai, China where he worked with universities on digital design projects. Since coming to Japan, Mo has doing interesting research on small island communities in the Seto Inland Sea areas of Hiroshima, Okayama and Kagawa prefectures through his studies and research at Hiroshima University. Watch the video of t…
 
Stéfan Le Dû is a sustainability and decarbonization specialist in Japan who is now the Representative Director and COO of the Codo Advisory which has its headquarters in Fukuoka. Codo Advisory is an Environmental transition advisory for Japanese businesses and international investors, with a focus on decarbonization. Watch the video of our talk he…
 
Japanologist Alex Kerr joins the Seek Sustainable Japan talkshow once again to share some of his insights from his keynote, as well as beautiful traditional features of Minka houses, the challenges and experiences at the 2022 Minka Summit event in rural Kyoto which brought reuse and old house enthusiasts together from across Japan. http://alex-kerr…
 
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