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Satoyama – The Basics

What is satoyama?

Satoyama is a term used to describe the land between the mountains and the arable farming land.

Typically satoyama landscapes are a balanced mix of  forested areas and terraced rice fields irrigated by water running off the mountains on the lower slopes of the mountains. Satoyama ideally see man and nature working together, with forestry and agriculture managed to encourage a wide range of biodiversity.