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What Is Satoyama?

By Yoshihiro Narisawa

I like to call my style of cooking Innovative Satoyama Cuisine.

It’s difficult to find an equivalent word for satoyama in Western languages. Translating literally, sato means a village or community and yama means forest. Japan is an island country, and approximately 67 percent of its land mass is covered by forests. The people of Japan have always coexisted with their surroundings by making the best of nature’s blessings, and as such satoyama is the embodiment of sustainable living whereby people coexist with the natural world in a symbiotic relationship.

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