Satoyama pp 41-79 | Cite as

Satoyama Landscape Transition

  • A. Tsunekawa


A British botanist by the name of Robert Fortune visited the Yokohama area of Japan in 1860, at the end of the Edo era. His writings described the traditional satoyama landscape (Fortune 1863):

I often walked into farm communities. The houses were built on cultivated lands at the foot of the mountains. In behind, there were woodlands and in front there were paddy fields. Roofs were thatched, resembling those of temples but not as fine and solid. It was a typical view of countryside that there were, without any exception, irises growing on top of the roofs (Yedo and Beijing).


Paddy Field Pine Wilt Disease Scenic Beauty Laurel Forest Crown Projective Area 
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