The Seeds We Sow

"Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow." - Unknown

"The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life." - Wendell Berry

"A farm includes the passion of the farmer's heart, the interest of the farm's customers, the biological activity in the soil, the pleasantness of the air about the farm -- it's everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape. A farm is virtually a living organism. The tragedy of our time is that cultural philosophies and market realities are squeezing life's vitality out of most farms. And that is why the average farmer is now 60 years old. Serfdom just doesn't attract the best and brightest." - Joel Salatin, Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front

"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." - Albert Einstein

"The Seeds We Sow" Documentary movie of Takachiho, Miyazaki Pref. of Japan

This is a documentary movie about the people engaging in agriculture in Takachiho, Miyazaki Prefecture of Japan. It focuses on not only the rejoice of life in Takachiho, but some issues to be solved as well.

Production: Takachiho Town
Film・Edit : MoveEmotions Inc.

Approximately 92% of the site in forest that is mostly on sloped land, and despite these harsh conditions, people have been carrying out a composite system of agricultural forestry to sustain their lifestyles while striking a balance between conservation and the effective utilization of the forest.

The workings of this system have fostered the conservation of rare plants and animals that inhabit the forest and farms, beautiful landscapes that include sloping mountains covered in rice terraces, as well as traditional culture such as the religious performance known as Kagura, which brings the mythology and folklore of ancient Japan into modern times.

This composite system of agricultural forestry has been evaluated as a globally important traditional system and was certified as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) in December 2015.

GIAHS (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) are sites in which culturally important and traditional forms of agriculture, forestry, and fishing (agricultural, forestry, and fishery systems) are carried out. These sites are evaluated and certified by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and under this system, there are currently (as of February 2020) 52 recognized sites in 21 countries worldwide, with 11 of those sites located in Japan.