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SDGs' badge made in Keihoku Kyoto
Don't you hear "SDGs" in the news for the past year or two?SDGs are "Sustainable Development Goals" and there are 17 goals and 169 targets. Simply put, let's aim for a sustainable society.As a side note, there was the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) formulated in 2001, which were development goals for developing countries. And at the United Nations Summit in 2015, the MDGs were upgraded to SDGs so now that not only developing countries but also all countries could work together to create a sustainable society. Don't you often see people wearing SDGs badges on their chests these days?To be honest, I think it's a bit trendy and a bit tacky. It's probably made in China and didn't care so much about the environment in the process. Are those the SDGs?" I wondered.One day as I was thinking about these thoughts of SDGs badges, a guest came to my office.That was Mr. Nakai from Nakai Electric Construction Company.Mr. Nakai "We decided to make SDGs badges at our company, and when I got to know about the SDGs and I was impressed by it. I want to many people know about it and I want to work together with many people on it. "He brought a flyer and showed me.Me "Ohh yes!? That's a good idea.Mr. Nakai: "I have been done a lot of things to revitalize Keihoku, but we realized that the best way to revitalize a community is to create a place to work. So I collaborated with the Genta Yasui Art Labo an artist working in Keihoku, and decided to make SDGs badges. By making badges, we're gonna make a new job opportunity in the community!Let me tell you why the SDGs badges' motif is glasses. Each person sees things differently. but by sharing common goals through the glasses, we can work together and make impossible to possible."Me "Oh, I see. sounds good."Mr. Nakai: "When I wore the SDGs badge, people would ask me questions about the SDGs, so I studied more about it so then I could explain them properly. It would be embarrassing if I couldn't explain it to people, as my company is making it. I found out it's great to wear it. Because by wearing it, you are expressing to others your commitment to the SDGs, so then you can change your behavior and you can start talking about SDGs through the badge easily. You can spread the SDGs' actions and make more connections.Me: "Yes, that's great! Please make one for me with my company name "Satoyama Design"!"So, I ordered one.I really sympathized with Mr. Nakai's passion, and the fact that Mr. Yasui(Yasui art Labo) made it by hand is also good.And a stylish design. You can put your company's logo on the right side.The material is brass and the price is 5,800 yen (excluding tax). Mr. Nakai specializes in electrical work, but he's also very good at welding plumbing, and in the last few years he's been making his own lighting fixtures using Keihoku wood, combining electricity and woodworking.This time, they are working on the badge.The idea of an electrician hiring an artist is a rare one, isn't it? It's interesting.In the context of the SDGs, the 17th goal is "Achieving the goals in partnership."From there, the region is revitalized.The photo is Mr. and Mrs. Nakai are along well.World peace begins with home peace. If you would like an SDGs badge, please contact them below.Nakai Electric Construction Co.Seller: DMY GNDPlease contact them at email@example.com (to order by phone, please email them with the title and mention that you would like to order a badge by phone).Click below to apply.https://forms.gle/Jt1istHXczpB7Bq57 Please read the article about Genta Yasui Art Labo as well.
Protect the forest with little tricks
The other day, I participated in the "technical training to protect the forest road surface with little tricks" in the Kyoto-city forest in Keihoku, which was organized by the forest management group and Kyoto City.In recent years, torrential rains have caused mountain slopes landslides all over Japan.This time, before such a large-scale disaster occurs, we are trying to protect the mountain by using little tricks such as planting trees and using civil engineering techniques on the slightly collapsed slope to prevent disaster.The lecturer was Mr. Takada, a forest advisor for Kyoto City, and civil engineering companies stuff and a local lumberjack.・Little trick 1Appropriate planting speciesEach tree species have a suitable place, so we planted trees in suitable areas for each species.Documents I got on the event.It shows where to plant which species./Key points for planting trees・Plant three trees in one placeThis allows the tree to compete with other trees and grow faster than planting a single tree.In addition, two out of three trees can die, so it's a risk hedge as well.Planting three plants should be done with a good balance of lighting and other factors.Plant two trees on the south side, plant one in between, etc.・Observe the seedlings carefully before plantingIn some cases, the stem of the seedling is bent, so it is easier for them to grow if they get planted in a similar environment in which they were originally grown.Also, larger seedlings roots may be curled up in seedling pots, so you should untie them.・Harden the soilAfter planting, harden the soil well to prevent it from falling out. You can check by pulling them out if you can it's not hard enough.・Protect the seedlings from fungesWhen planting, make sure that the bacteria in the soil don't get to the roots of the seedlings.If the seedlings' roots are damaged, the seedlings will get sick.・Protect trees from the deerIn areas where there are deer, the tree sprouts are eaten by the deer and die, so I put a net over them. When you put up the net, you should fix the net underneath so then deer cannot get in under the net.・Trees like slopes Garden trees, for example, are planted on a flat surface, but I've heard that trees basically grow stronger when planted on a slope. Because of drainage, and it's natural, etc.Little trick 2Use of expired fire hosesExpired fire hoses are usually just disposed of, but they are still strong enough. It's a great way to reuse them.Little trick 3uses mesh and stakes to prevent further erosion where water flows on the slope.little trick 4Use eco planter.It's made of woodchips that will get decomposed after a while. It looks nice as well.The tree planting is very deep and interesting.I hope that these little tricks will be used in the forests in your area to protect the mountains.And actually.Satoyama Design(our company) and Perspective(company) and local forester are making "Forest of Crafts" project in Kyoto city forest.(Perspective is co-chaired by Ms. Matsuyama, who teaches Japanese traditional crafts(Kogei) to people in Japan and abroad through educational programs, and Mr. Tsutsumi of Tsutsumi Asakichi Lacquer studio, who tries new ways to use lacquer while preserving tradition.)Japanese traditional craftsmanship symbolizes the sustainable relationship between people and nature and between people and their lives. In order to reconnect these relationships, the Forest of Craft proposes a harmonious and sustainable society by creating a platform that connects people with nature and people with people through forest creation and making new items.The first step in the forest is to plant lacquer trees and paulownia trees. (In Perspective, we held a workshop on making lacquered paulownia surfboards in Keihoku last year.)In addition, we are preparing for workshops and other events so that many people can feel closer to the forest.We are planning to hold workshops such as tree planting, charcoal making, wild grass enzyme juice making, woodfired bath, bushcraft, camping, off-grid related thing, eco-DIY, etc. on a regular basis after April, so we would like you to join us.The delightful mates of the Forest of Craft (from left to right, Tonoshita-san, Matsuyama-san and Tsutsumi-san).Sounds like fun, doesn't it?The ladder will be a bridge between you and the forest. LOL.We are looking for individuals who are interested in planting trees and companies who are willing to sponsor the project.Contact Us---------.Perspective, Inc.firstname.lastname@example.org(Matsuyama)orSatoyama Design075-748-103321-3 Nishi Choda, Shuzan-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyotofukumoto@satoyama-d.comHP: www.satoyama-d.com
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I heard a craft exhibition is ongoing by local welfare centers for people with special needs is being held in AWL Keihoku (Kyoto Seminar House), so I went to take a look.(AWL-Keihoku is a public accommodation with many large and small seminar rooms. Adults can stay for 2,950 yen including tax. And students are cheaper. You'll find more information about it in the next article.)The craft exhibition is held in Keihoku every spring by four welfare centers: Keihoku Yamaguni no Sato, Shakunage welfare workshop, Sonobe workshop, Miyama Ikuseien.Let me show you all the wonderful works at the exhibition.①Keihoku Yamaguni no Sato's worksUnique pictures and works using Saori weave are cute.I buy coffee sometimes at a convenience store, so I bought a tumbler for coffee. Then I can refuse a one-use cup.(Please note that the machine coffee drip machines do not fit the tumbler sometimes .)These wooden cars move up and down like a worm. Used polished logs of Kitayama cedar. I bought it for my son.②Shakunage welfare workshopThe work of Saori weaving is wonderful.Coaster and Sandals used tearing cloth weave.③ Miyama IkuseienThe retro patterned cushion is exquisite.④ Sonobe Welfare WorkshopThe lamps and plates with stained glass were beautiful.Accessories and chopstick rest are also nice.I was just going to have a look, but I ended up buying various things.All the handmade works were warm and very nice. It was a great exhibition.The exhibition will be held until March 29, so please visit there.Even if you can't go to the exhibition, some of the works of Yamaguni sato satogo and Shakunage welfare workshop are sold at the roadside station Woody Keihoku.--------------AWL Keihoku (Kyoto Seminar House)2 Toridani, shimonaka-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City075-854-0216Kyosemi.or.jp
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Hand made New Year's card
Happy New Year!!I hope you will have a great Year!Did you send New Year's cards?We made our company's New Year's cards by ourselves.In recent years, the use of New Year's cards have been decreasing, and I think that many people do so by email or telephone nowadays.And some companies do not send New Year's cards in consideration of the environment.I understand that way. But at the same time, I want to keep the analog traditions in order to fight with the too convenient world. This year we made a simple wooden stamp.Stamping one by one makes a nice taste.They are same but different that what we like about handmade. Each one has own expression and warmth.We introduce you to the warmth of Satoyama this year as well! I wish you the best 2020!
Hand made laurel swag
The other day, a gardener friend gave me laurel leaves with the branches.Laurel seems to be commonly used for garden trees, and it seems better to prune it regularly.So, this time I got a share of laurel.Laurels are called lauriers or bay leaves and can be used as spices.And if you put it in a rice bag or a closet, it will also help repel insects.(If you use it in a closet, put it in a mesh bag.) The laurel I got was hanging on a wood stove for a while. And my wife made a swag for the children's room by using the laurel. The laurel is already super dry, but it is quite nice looking.My wife decorated it nicely with vines with red and dark blue fruits that grew around.There is a bear bell at the top of the swag.My wife says,"I put the bear bell for wishing my children don't have a bear attack."Sounds good! Why don't you make a swag by yourself!?I think it's easy, just bundle dried flowers and just hang them. You can make something swag.
Relax by Kyoto mountain aroma essential oil
When I feel tired, I take a walk on a mountain road near my house. I like the smell in the forest it is very pleasant and relaxing.I could remember smells that I have smelled a long time ago.I wonder why and I searched about it.The sense of smell is the most instinctive of the five senses, and the information of smell is transmitted directly to the hippocampus of the limbic system. So that's why I could remember the smell clearly.Today I would like to introduce an aroma essential oil set "Kaori no Mori", by using this item you can enjoy the fragrance of the mountains of Keihoku in your daily life.The set has aroma diffuser and aroma essential oil that is used Keihoku cedar and Kuromoji(Japanese Lindera) essential oil blend.This essential oil distilled by Suginosei a local aroma oil maker and blended by Ms. Tamao Maekawa an aroma fragrance designer of Kyo-aroma Breath.The aroma diffuser was jointly developed by Ms. Maekawa and SATOYAMA DESIGN (my company). The material is used Keihoku cedar. We have been selling it for about 1 year in handmade markets, and since many people liked it, then we have started selling set "Kaori no Mori" with blended oil.The package design is designed by SATOYAMA DESIGN.I think it would be very nice for a gift.The inside looks like this. You can use this on the desk in the office. Cute isn't it?And of course, it smells good.To use, just drop a few drops of essential oil on the diffuser."Kaori no Mori" will be released soon at Roadside Station Woody Keihoku.(It will also be available in limited quantities in Satoyama design office.)There are 3 prices for "Kaori no Mori".Kuromoji Blend Set¥4300 tax includedOpen the door (a blend of cedar)¥4400 tax includedKyo Forest (a blend of cedar and Japanese maple)¥5500 tax includedPlease check it out.Ms. Maekawa says, "Essential oil is not only for aromatherapists and treatments, but also for more people to enjoy the fragrance of essential oil easily, so I decided to make this product. Suginosei's cedar and kuromoji are organic, the quality is guaranteed. Would you like to try Maekawa's original blend?If so good news for you.Do you know "GOOD NATURE STATION"? (a complex with restaurants and hotel and organic cosmetic shops) which opened in Shijo Kawaramachi the other day. On the 1st floor, at GOOD NATURE MARKET, the bio marche that sells many organic products will be held on Friday, December 13th.Kyo-aroma Breath will also open a store in Marche to hold aroma soap workshops and aroma cologne making workshops.The entry fee for the aroma soap workshop is 1,200 yen.You can make a beautiful jewel-like soap. It's almost a waste to use it. you can make original cologne from your favorite essential oil at aroma cologne making workshop. Workshop fees 1,000 - 1,500 yen.Of course, we also sell essential blend oil and "Kaori no Mori" diffuser set.Blended oil is sold from 450 yen for 1 ml, and recommended for those who want to try it.If you're interested in aroma essential oils, but don't know which one to choose, please try it!----Vio MarcheDate and time: Friday, Friday, January 10, Friday, December 13, 10: 00 ~ 15: 00Location (GOOD NATURE STATION 1F GOOD NATURE MARKET)318 6 Inari-cho, 2 chome, Shijo Sagaru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City(On January 10, the WS Workshop on Making Aroma Soap will be held in the hotel lobby on the 4th floor at 16: 00 ~ 18: 00.)Kyo-aroma BreathInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kyoaroma_breath/?hl=jaAddress: (SATOYAMA DESIGN) Nishichoda 21-3 Shuzan-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Hand made himmel ornament
I heard Christmas decoration has begun in the city.Christmas-like himmel ornament is decorated year-round in our living room.Himmel is a traditional ornament from Finland and other Northern Europe.Himmel means "heaven" in Swedish and is displayed in the room as "a wish for family happiness".This himmel's wheat straw was grown by our friend and my wife made this.(The snow crystal himmel is from Finland. My wife bought it. I've been believing that my wife made the snow crystal one as well until today.)How about getting one for your house?It's natural and cute.I wish for your family happiness.
Erba's wood stove made me a bit eco friendly
It's been 3 years since we started using a wood stove.And it's been working great.This stove was made by Erba kobo.Erba kobo is run by two artisans Mr. Hagiwara and Mr. Takahara.They do really good work.(CHeck the article of Erba kobo guesthouse. You can stay and see their works iron, pottery and felt.)The stove designed very simple and looking cool.I need this stove to survive in Keihoku's cold winter.The price of the stove is 120,000 to 150,000 JPY and 10 % tax. It's a bargain price!(Ask them the total included price with chimneys, transportation and construction. The price changes in the situation.)It may be not easy to use a wood stove in cities.Using the woodstove is suitable for Keihoku.It's easy to get firewoods, have a space for stock, neighbors don't care about smoke much, and it's cold in Keihoku.I spend 20,000 to 30,000 JPY for firewood in a season.And I correct some firewoods by myself which is priceless. I think it's a little bit cheaper than buying kerosene. And way cheaper than electricity. It's really good to know where the energy I use comes from. I feel great.Do you know where the energy you use comes from??It might from a nuclear power station or burning coal. It might be causing the environment problem without our notice.By using a woodstove, I think we can care more about the energy we use.And looking at fire warms your heart up.