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Re: Fukuoka memorial

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  • iyo.farm@ymail.com
    ... Yes, I am sure they would and it might surprise them how much interest and respect there was for him and his ideas. It would take gaiatsu (outside
    Message 1 of 6 , Aug 11, 2012
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      --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, "Linda Shewan" <linda_shewan@...> wrote:

      >Would locals possibly be more responsive to a memorial if they could see it bringing tourists & income to their area?

      Yes, I am sure they would and it might surprise them how much interest and respect there was for him and his ideas. It would take gaiatsu (outside pressure) to show them. Ehime/Iyo is a notoriously conservative area.

      The problem then might be the issue of "ownership" and the family. Who "owns" Fukuoka's legacy, the family or the world?

      On one level, the family does but, on the other they don't as they do not follow it entirely ... cannot perhaps. I think Fukuoka's legacy is far bigger than just them, perhaps even bigger than their vision of what it is ... certainly bigger that the petty problems with neighbors and the local JA/MAFF (ministry of agriculture/farmer association) which, in my opinion, are holding such a thing idea back at present. In Japan, it is often such hard work to try and get something new started what with all the negotiations of everything from laws to everyone's egos.

      However, I don't know all that involved, which is why I was interested in asking what others thought of the idea and for feedback. Who is there out there who might support such an idea?

      Personally, I think it might be more immediately beneficial to promote a wider spectrum of organic and natural approaches/products/materials ... to promote wider discussions around preserving nature and the environment.

      One has to remember how far ahead of his time and how idealistic Fukuoka's vision was but also that it was a reflection of his time and that there are other demands and other solutions required now in this time. Not everyone is ready to aspire to his vision, not everyone has the circumstances and resources to do so ... but to keep the discussion alive, to inspire and centralize research into the area, to support examples etc would all be very worthy.

      My feeling it that it would also be good to have somewhere to which stored knowledge of traditional rural activities for when the big crash starts.
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