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Rebuilding Faith: Fukushima Farmer Finds Support at Tokyo Farmers Market

Takako Kimura at the Nippori Farmers Market.

Takako Kimura at the Nippori Farmers Market in Tokyo. As a customer at Tokyo’s Nippori Farmers Market starts filling the katakuchi (shallow bamboo basket) that Takako Kimura holds for her, Takako speaks up. “It’s from Aizu Wakamatsu. Is it ok?” The woman, busy scanning Takako’s table groaning with daikon large and small, negi (long onions), broccoli and other... Read More

Nine Good Reasons to Find a Farmers Market in Tokyo


With supermarkets and convenience stores on almost every block and food cooperatives that deliver right to the door, why take the extra time go to a farmers market? The answer lies in the variety these markets offer in terms of location and atmosphere, not to mention the produce and expertise found nowhere else in the city. From Kichijoji’s busy little market to the United... Read More

Eight Innovative Ways to Keep Cool in Tokyo


Tokyo is not just the biggest city I’ve ever lived in, but it is easily the hottest. Coming from the American Midwest, I’m accustomed to heat and humidity, but in small doses. Usually, a week of withering 99-degree heat and high humidity settles in like a hot wet blanket that can’t be shaken off. It’s about then that the western sky visible through my mother’s... Read More

More Expert Advice from the Ekberg’s on Living Green


The Ekberg’s shared so much good information during the time we spent in their home interviewing them about their green remodel that we broke it into a few different articles here. Tips on how to take advantage of natural energy in the home as well as water saving techniques are all part and parcel of their holistic thinking for a One Planet Home. Read on and see what other... Read More

Remember to be Holistic! The Ekberg’s Expert Advice on Greening Your Home


Peo and Satoko shared countless tips during our visit, and we touched on the main points in the story of how they re-designed their new apartment. Whether planning a remodel or renting an partment, try to imagine your home as an eco-system in which you eat, find your clothes, and spend your time. As Peo often says, “Think holistic!” Then the steps to change become... Read More