2017 国際助成プログラム International Grant Program      
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(Project Title)
The Preservation and Bonds of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan’s "Forest with Traditions" that connects the seas, villages, rivers, and mountains
李 春 子
Choonja Lee
Kobe Women's University
(Grant Amount)
企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


In Eastern Asia, there widely exists a “Forest with Traditions” that deeply relates with regional society and the seas, rivers, and mountains. It is the space in which festivals, which are the origin of the traditional performing arts, are carried out, and it is also the landscape that spreads to the five senses. The culture of ‘forest with tradition’ as a common theme in east Asia has been facing multiple difficulties including the lack of understanding, the ecological damage caused by humans and natural reasons. This project deals with the utilizing Eastern Asia’s “Traditional Forest’s Cultural Prose” and festivals, traditional performing arts, conservation activities for cultural inheritance through documentation with film, and to investigate the co-existence of nature and human society. connecting local people with experts, examining and analyzing the topics of ecological conservation, and suggesting a plan for solving the problems of conservation to government and regional society. making a bond of mutual learning and sharing of information about “failure and success” through a network that connects regional society in Eastern Asia, and connecting the culture of the “forest with traditions” to the future.

実施報告書・概要 (Summary of Final Report)


In East Asia, there is a “traditional forest” culture that is widely exist and closely related to the natural environment of mountains, rivers, and the sea, and local communities such as regional magazines, disasters, and traditional culture.
In this project, the following activities were carried out with the “Traditional Forest” as, A Water Source Forest, B Grove of the Village Shrine, C Riverside Forest and D Maritime Forest.

1. In order to promote the succession and re-recognition of the traditional forests in East Asia, the traditional forest culture and conservation activities was being "visualized" in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan .
It will be released widely with Screenings through Facebook, providing shrine's photograph in Homepage for free of charge, and much more.

2. For practical conservation of the “Traditional Forest”, the region and experts were connected, and research and ecological conservation solutions were proposed to the government and the local community.
A “bond” has been established that connects nongovernment organization with local people in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, across countries and cultures.

3. Publication of “Yaeyama no Gyoen” (Yuju Shorin, March 8, 2019) and “the compilation of 100 East Asian "Traditional Forest” Cultural Magazine" are scheduled to be published in February 2020.
We want to contribute to the mutual understanding and peace of East Asia by connecting the “traditional forest” culture that connects mountains, rivers, villages and the sea to the future.