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World Cultures eJournal

UC Irvine

Like a Bonsai Tree: Models of Food Production and Nature in the Northern Kanto Plain of Japan


The initial phase of this project attempted to discover cultural models of nature underlying discourses of food production in central Japan. The results show a pattern calling for human intervention for successful farming. Furthermore, the need for human intervention appears to be underscored by a cultural model that raw nature must be ‘humanized’ on relational terms to be cognizant in the local context.

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