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I heard this piece today by author Alex Kerr about Iya Valley.



I wanted to share it, but also ask what innovative practices have you seen to help these villages buck the trend of depopulation?

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Thank you for sharing KAIR....and also the town's English website.

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We have the Sosa Project in our city. It's not really orientated towards tourism but more aimed towards helping people move from the city to the countryside. They do some good work and have various events through the year.

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Zasso Nouka wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 8:38 pm
We have the Sosa Project in our city. It's not really orientated towards tourism but more aimed towards helping people move from the city to the countryside. They do some good work and have various events through the year.
That's pretty much what we used to move to the countryside, very helpful overall.
First attending a seminar event thing and getting loads of info from the various areas in Fukushima, after that we did some 2 day tours and work experience seeing what the different areas were like. It's a great way to meet the locals and get an overall feel for your potential future home.
They also helped us find our accommodation/farm which was a huge help.
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There are quite a few rural tourism aka Inaka Kurashi short trial type things for local Japanese.
And then theres the pukka tourist thing for the incoming foreign tourist.

I shall list a few of both most are Kansai centric.. just because I am too lol.

https://authentic-visit.jp/
and their Youtube channel which looks woefully out of date
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1xMIl ... shelf_id=0

Various rural/agricultural touristy things in the Kinki area
https://www.maff.go.jp/kinki/seisaku/ki ... cat02.html

Not touristy but more for experiencing Inaka Kurashi without taking a headlong dive into it

https://www.furusato-web.jp/lifestyle/try-living/

https://www.wakayamagurashi.jp/life/short-stay

https://concierge.kyoto-iju.com/event/otameshiiju

I could go on forever lol but I won't.

Last mention which of course everybody knows is WWOOFing..

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@DocDoesFarming, hi. I live in Iwaki, but am interested in moving to Aizu. Would you have information on the seminars you mentioned? I'd be interested in such an event, tour, and work experience.

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DocDoesFarming wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 1:39 pm
Zasso Nouka wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 8:38 pm
We have the Sosa Project in our city. It's not really orientated towards tourism but more aimed towards helping people move from the city to the countryside. They do some good work and have various events through the year.
That's pretty much what we used to move to the countryside, very helpful overall.
First attending a seminar event thing and getting loads of info from the various areas in Fukushima, after that we did some 2 day tours and work experience seeing what the different areas were like. It's a great way to meet the locals and get an overall feel for your potential future home.
They also helped us find our accommodation/farm which was a huge help.

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cook015 wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 12:07 pm
@DocDoesFarming, hi. I live in Iwaki, but am interested in moving to Aizu. Would you have information on the seminars you mentioned? I'd be interested in such an event, tour, and work experience.

Thanks,
Tim Cook
We were thinking of originally moving to Aizu, changed our minds after everyone mentioned how cold it gets in the winter. Area looks amazing though.

We went to a Farming Fair/Seminar in ふるさと回帰支援センター in Yūrakuchō.  There's also this site: https://www.furusato-web.jp/ which gonbechan linked that has links to seminars and also work experience trips.
Looks like the last event they had was in January however there are others in other places up and down the country. https://www.be-farmer.jp/service/event/

With the whole corona business I'd be surprised if they held any big events this year although on one of those sites it looked like they had an online fair of some kind.

Hope this helps.
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The Okumikawa region in Aichi has a program that enlists 8-10 people each year for a 9 month contract, with the goal of establishing new business or enterprise in the area, and thereby (hopefully) increasing population and jobs. So it's not for tourists, but a kind of leg up and advice, introductions and connections to other relevant people in the area. There is monthly financial support- not sure how much it is this year, as well as guidance for members to reach their goals. Monthly interviews and presentations seem to help groom people for the business world as well as help refine business plans and goals.

http://spdesk.mikawayamazato.jp/

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Just spent 4 hours waiting to do a Furusato Zoom seminar that didn't happen because no one wants to come to Fukushima apparently.
Lame.
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