The Traditional Rural Landscape of Japan

  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi
  • Robert D. Brown
  • Izumi Washitani
  • Atsushi Tsunekawa
  • Makoto Yokohari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages II-XI
  2. R. D. Brown, M. Yokohari
    Pages 1-7
  3. K. Takeuchi
    Pages 9-39
  4. A. Tsunekawa
    Pages 41-79
  5. N. Kuramoto, Y. Sonoda
    Pages 81-109
  6. S. Nakagawa
    Pages 111-147
  7. K. Iiyama
    Pages 149-178
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 209-229

About this book


Japan’s traditional and fragile satoyama landscape system was developed over centuries of human life on mountainous island terrain in a monsoon climate. The carefully managed coppice woodlands on the hillsides, the villages strung along the base of the hills, and the carefully tended paddy fields of rural Japan made possible the sustainable interaction of nature and humans. Radical changes in the middle of the twentieth century led to the abandonment of satoyama landscapes which now are being rediscovered. There is a new realization that these woodlands still play a vital role in the management of the Japanese landscape and a new determination to manage them for the future. This multifaceted book explores the history, nature, biodiversity, current conservation measures, and future uses of satoyama. The information presented here will be of interest in all parts of the world where patterns of sustainable development are being sought.



Biodiversity bioenergy development ecosystem environment landscape ecology landscape planning sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi
    • 1
  • Robert D. Brown
    • 2
  • Izumi Washitani
    • 3
  • Atsushi Tsunekawa
    • 1
  • Makoto Yokohari
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory of Landscape Ecology and PlanningGraduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of TokyoBunkyo-ku, TokyoJapan
  2. 2.School of Environmental Design and Rural DevelopmentUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  3. 3.Laboratory of Conservation EcologyGraduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of TokyoBunkyo-ku, TokyoJapan
  4. 4.Institute of Policy and Planning SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukuba, IbarakiJapan

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