About our Project– 47 Japanese Farms

47 Farms is a three and a half year project examining Japanese agriculture through interviews and working farm stays with farmers and community leaders in each of Japan`s 47 prefectural entities. As the aftermath of the nuclear crisis that followed the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami unfolds, there are looming fears about radiation in Japan`s food and water supply. Japanese consumers and agriculturists are considering what the implications of the March disaster will mean for them and their country. Simultaneously, Japanese politicians are debating whether or not to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multilateral free trade agreement that some Japanese farmers fear will usher in the end of Japan`s agricultural industry. Even as these conversations and debates continue, a quiet minority of organic farmers throughout Japan struggle to grow organic produce and to develop and preserve lifestyles that combine elements of both tradition and innovation. The vignettes in this blog tell the stories of farms and farming families across Japan, showcasing a side of Japanese culture far from the more familiar images of skyscrapers and crowded trains, but one that is equally vibrant and impressive.

If you have ideas or suggestions for us, please feel free to leave a comment, or to contact us at 47japanesefarms@gmail.com

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5 Responses to About our Project– 47 Japanese Farms

  1. Andy Savur says:

    That was very interesting. I look forward to many more informative blogs.

    In Yamanachi Prefecture, Ogihara-san was against organic agriculture. Would that include what we know as “organic” in the U.S?
    On the other hand, in Hyogo Prefecture, Fujiwara-san seemed to embrace organic farming.

    • littlecannoli says:

      Thanks for the comment! Indeed, the opinions of farmers we have spoken with seems to be wide-ranging and diverse. As for definitions of “organic”, the terms seems to be thrown around a lot less here in Japan than in the United States. I think one reason for this is because many realize that growing purely organic crops in Japan is an extremely difficult thing to do. The term “pesticide free” is instead used much more commonly, since pesticide use is something that a farmer can much more easily control. As in the U.S., the term “organic” seems to mean different things to different people, and it doesn’t seem like the law has codified one strict definition that can be used as a standard.

  2. uday kiran says:


    I have following questions regarding the farming in Japan. Kindly try to resolve them, if possible.

    1. What kind of Information and Communication Technology services (or softwares) the japanese farmers use for themselves and to talk with farm advisors?

    2. What resources generally the farm advisors use to capture farmer’s problem and deliver a solution?

    • littlecannoli says:

      Hi uday,

      Our experience is that most Japanese farmers are only beginning to use the sorts of tools you describe, as most farmers in Japan are running small-scale operations. You might want to contact Robert, who is linked to in our Shizuoka prefecture entry, since he has more direct experience with agricultural technology.

      • uday kiran says:


        Is it possible to provide the details of Mr. Robert. I would like to know more about the ICTs the japanese farmers use in their fields, and their extension problems.

        uday kiran rage.

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