2012 研究助成 Research Grant Program  /  カテゴリーB: 個人奨励研究  Category B (Individual Research)
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The Role Played by Traditional Apiculture of the Japanese Honey Bee as "Asobi Shigoto (Playful Work)" in the Conservation of the Local Eco-system
溝田 浩二
Koji Mizota
Environmental Education Center, Miyagi University of Education
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企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


 The concept of minor subsistence is attracting interest as a framework for understanding the relationship between man and nature. Although the direct translation of minor subsistence into Japanese is "fukujiteki seigyo" (auxiliary livelihood), recently it is often translated as "asobi shigoto" (playful work) since such activities as collecting edible wild plants and mushrooms in the hills and fields or fish and shellfish at the water's edge comprise a considerable element of "play". The work of "asobi shigoto (playful work)", which is the enjoyment of the contest of wits with nature and the skillful taking of its bounty, is made viable by the skillful utilization of the workings and organization of nature and is not passed on to successors unless it has a sustainable style which gives consideration to the circle of life. There does seem to be hidden a clue for building a truly bountiful and sustainable society. In this study, attention is directed to the traditional apiculture of the Japanese honey bee, as "asobi shigoto", which has been successively passed down in Tsushima City of Nagasaki Prefecture, to conduct a field survey focused on the way in which man and nature relate to each other. Furthermore, by analyzing the data obtained, the local knowledge which has been accumulated in time and space will be extracted to understand the role played by the apiculture of the Japanese honey bee in the conservation/regeneration of the local Eco-system. The present study is also an attempt to visualize the relationship between man and nature which has become difficult to see in modern society.

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