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    Hello Everyone,

    My name is Doug and I live in Okinawa, Japan due to military obligations. I am currently finishing up my B.S. In Environmental Sciences. I will be separating from the military in less than a year and my family and I will be moving back to SW VA. I have an internship lined up on a small farm that specializes in pastured poultry, salad-bar beef, foraged hogs, etc. The owner/manager also has a very large permaculture modeled garden. My wife actually enrolled me into this course because she came across it and knew I would be very interested and benefit from it. I am here to gain a better understanding of implementing permaculture design into my own visions and understanding the benefits, as well as the challenges of such models. I am absolutely grateful for this opportunity and look forward to my time here.



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    Hello, Douglas! I am also living in Okinawa. I have done some work with permaculture in Florida, but have been here in Okinawa since September, 2013. I think that this island is amazing… and I see examples of permaculture in practice everywhere I look in the small villages as I see how people really look at integrating growing food even in the tiniest of lots of land.
    Have a wonderful evening!




    I realize this is an old thread but I’m really trying everything I can at this point. I am a master’s student of Social Anthropology and was looking to do my upcoming 6 month field work in Okinawa. My thesis looks at the relationship between sustainable living and autonomy (including freedom/independence from the market, state, or even emotional freedom).
    Do any of you know about any community in Okinawa that practices green living? My searches so far have not found any eco-villages or urban eco-collectives, unfortunately.
    If not, do you know anyone I could contact who might be familiar with green communities on Okinawa?

    Thank you in advance!

    Espen (Norway)



    Hi Espen,

    If you have a chance to check my reply, I would say Transition Towns in Okinawa would be a nice group to ask first. But I don’t know if any member speaks English.
    Ishigaki island, Miyako island and Yakushima island also be nice for your field work I guess.

    Emi in Yokohama



    Hi Espen,

    Did you find any green communities?


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