Crafting a Community with Tatsuhiro Akashi

Born in the Spirit of Adaptation   Okayama Prefecture’s long tradition of high quality manufacturing was not born out of pure coincidence. The district of Kojima, translated literally as “child’s island,” has long been hailed as a mecca for crafted goods by enthusiasts worldwide. However when you look at Kojima on a map, you will not see an island, but instead a crescent shaped peninsula. This is due to the fact that modern Kojima is primarily made up of reclaimed tideland. The waters and wetlands that once surrounded this island, now reformed peninsula, were exceedingly high in salt content, and therefore the reclaimed land was wholly unsuitable for growing common food crops such as rice and barley. High salinity in...

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