The Organic Festa is a once a year event that gathers organic farmers from all over Japan that create food products without relying on agricultural chemicals or chemical fertilizers. The event is enjoyable for all with special workshops to learn about and experience organic farming. There is also a number of relaxing cafes and food stalls to rest at.
Girls’ Day Celebration
Hyakudan Hina Doll Festival
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo in Meguro is celebrating Hina Matsuri (Girls’ Day) with a stunning display of ornaments set up at eight of its most graceful rooms. The annual decoration, which attracts thousands of visitors every year, features around 500 dolls on display, collected from across Japan.
For Mental And Physical Balance
It’s no wonder that the temple fitness trend has been on the rise in Japan—it provides both the serenity of a traditional religious institution and professional guidance to achieve mental and physical relaxation through exercising. This time, the Toyokawa Inari Temple is organizing an afternoon pilates session for ten people at its premises. Book in advance, bring a towel and fitness wear, and say namaste to this unique experience!
Last Chance Illuminations
Toshimaen Winter Fantasia
We will soon be shifting into spring, so enjoy the last few illumination opportunities! ‘Photogenic’, as Toshimaen names this year’s illumination, is a word just right to describe its beautiful lights and …continue reading
The 2nd “Magical Wine Tour” will be held, a domestic wine event that attracts passionate creators who were popular last year. This year as well as last year, 6 small-scale, high-quality wineries from all over Japan and 6 popular restaurants in Nagoya will work together in a team. It is not just enjoying wine but also enjoying pairing with foods from a restaurant.
In 2015, Tove Kinooka took another step in the direction of sustainability in Japan by co-founding Global Perspectives Japan, a consultancy that offers sustainability leadership development and organizational transformation. Through the fledgling company, Kinooka and co-founder Gavin Dixon work to foster responsible and sustainable business practices in organizations, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Launching a business and tackling issues as complex as sustainability is not without challenges but Kinooka is driven to succeed. Savvy Tokyo sat down with her to find out about her journey and why she decided to become an advocate for sustainability in Japan.
Tove Kinooka, Director & Co-founder at Global Perspectives Japan, a sustainability leadership development and organizational transformation consultancy
From English Teaching To Sustainability In Japan
What brought you to Japan?
I was working in the UK in horse racing when my racecourse merged with another. I got cut and wasn’t sure what to do, professionally or personally, but I was single and had no financial obligations. I saw an advertisement to teach in Japan for a year. I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures. Japan was a country I knew nothing about, and I’d never been to Asia, so I thought why not. I thought it would be for a year—it’s now been 21 years.
How did you make the move from teaching?
I decided quickly that teaching English wasn’t my thing, but I enjoyed living in Japan.
As a teacher, I had focused on personal development and mindset rather than language, so I moved into corporate training focusing on developing skills and a global mindset. After having kids, long hours in training programs became difficult so I moved into management, developing new programs and training staff.
The clients were multinationals and Japanese companies from all industries, from new recruits to …continue reading
More than 25 Japanese wineries from all over Japan visited! Please appreciate Japanese wine which is getting more and more attention recently.