産土 / Ubusuna short trailer
made by Koji Hirose (Professional Trailer Maker)
Ubusuna is a word with Shinto roots. It means the land where people were born and the kami (gods) that watch over them and their home. With Mt. Fuji’s recent and much-trumpeted recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is perhaps no better time for us to put aside tourist marketing slogans and nationalistic pride, and truly consider the future of Japan’s mountains and the communities that still reside there.
Sustainability is an issue more vital than ever in post-Fukushima Japan. All-electric mobility is now an affordable and attainable reality, but can Japan go back to a more eco-friendly way of making communities? Edo was at the time the largest city in the world — just as Tokyo boasts to be today — yet it was also surprisingly ecologically efficient. The Japanese excel at crafting small systems; Edo had one in place to recycle the historical metropolis’s garbage into fertilizer for farmland. Likewise the sadly disappearing satoyama style of mountain agriculture is a superb model of small-scale farming in tune with its surrounding resources.