Presides over the Wild Nature School
I run a wild school based on the concept of restoring the wild in us. As an agricultural producer, he also grows vegetables on his wild farm, the Ban, using mainly pesticide-free, fertiliser-free and no-till farming methods.
As curator of the "wild", I would like to invite various lecturers to the "Wild Nature School" and explore with you, sometimes through fieldwork and sometimes through classroom lectures, what kind of wildness we used to live with and what kind of mythical world we used to live in.
About the "Wild Nature School"
Our concept is to "reclaim the wild within".
In the process of developing civilisation, man has lost many powers in exchange for comfort and convenience.
The power to coexist with animals and insects, the power to fight healthily, the power to help others, the power to heal oneself, the power to think for oneself, the power to live, and such wild powers seem to be increasingly lost in recent years.
Having lost the power of the wild, man fears nature, which he cannot control, and fills the world with man-made objects, relies on medical treatment for fear of disease, and tries to solve everything with whatever technology is superior at the time.
It may be in the nature of the human animal to try to control nature, and this may be natural, but humans are also inherently part of the greater nature.
In an over-controlled environment, the natural ability of living things to resist disease diminishes, or they feel stressed and seek nature.
But if we look around when we are looking for nature, in many cases there has been excessive human intervention and the ecosystem has become unbalanced and degraded. You could say that nature has also lost its wild power.
In the long run, degraded nature will recover and build new ecosystems after the end of human civilisation.
But if we can build a civilisation that is in harmony with nature, society will be more enjoyable, more interesting and longer lasting.
The School of the Wild aims to be one of the triggers for the creation of such a new civilisation.
It is a school where people can enjoy learning and exploring such things as how to use their bodies, how to improve their ability to prevent disease, the wisdom of indigenous peoples, methods of natural regeneration and methods of food production in harmony with the ecosystem.
One of the fields in our proposed curriculum [Creating Edible Forests] has native sawtooth oak (acorn) trees.
We hope that the acorns in the Edible Forest will remind us of the joyful rituals of the past, and that we can gradually recover the wildness we have forgotten.
Guides to the Wild
Meet the teachers of The Wild Nature School.
[Edible Forest Creation] Instructor / Puppeteer
He works for a forestry company in Sagamihara City, where he is involved in the maintenance of water source forests. He also works with local people and volunteers from other places to maintain Fujino's forests using methods that "cannot be done by company operations or public works".
As an instructor at the "Wild Nature School"[Creating Edible Forests], he helps prepare for the planting of "trees that provide food", with a macro perspective that sees the mountain as a single ecosystem, and a micro perspective that sees the soil mycelium and the ecosystem around it.
Mr Hirai also has a job as a 'string puppeteer', a traditional art form that at first glance seems far removed from forestry.
[Edible Forest Creation] Instructor / Doctor in Botany
He studied plant ecology as an undergraduate and worked as an environmental engineer in environmental assessment for a construction consultancy for about 20 years before going into business for himself. He now works freelance and makes his living surveying plants and birds.
He lives in a traditional four-storey house in former Fujino-machi, Midori-ku, Sagamihara, and is currently exploring the possibility of using the plants around him in everyday life (food, fuel, medicine, etc.).
At the 'Wild Music School' she teaches workshops mainly on fieldwork, with a focus on 'edible forest creation'.
Coordinator / Holistic Social Entrepreneur
Graduated from Kyoto University, Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science. After working for Recruit Co., Ltd, she became a holistic social entrepreneur. She is currently involved in bodywork that reconnects people to themselves and the world through their physical senses, food that connects them to the earth, community building based on agriculture, and the creation of collective houses where people can help each other in raising children and in old age.
In the Wild Music School she works mainly as a facilitator and coordinator, guiding participants and cooking the natural food served at the workshops.
*Holistic: The theory that the whole, the basic organism of reality, has an existential value greater than the sum of its parts. At the same time, the idea that an individual does not exist in isolation, but is connected to everything in its environment.
Ban's partner / former wild dog
Arna always watches over the activities of her representative, Ban. She originally embodied the wildness of the mountains of the Sanyo region. Does not like to be approached. Loves to eat. If she is approached by Aana, it is because she is urging him to eat.
ARANCK means 'star' in the Native American Algonquin language.
List of courses
Lectures on dogs and hunting (classroom)
Cultural anthropology, Benin tribes (classroom)
Physical art and philosophy of Kobudo (workshop/classroom)
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