This month, we hear about a Japanese zero waste town, Kamikatsu, and one person’s social mission to turn Ayagawa (Kagawa) into a sustainable, circular society and transition town. Joining us is Shermain Pea and Toyo Miyoshi, both are currently based in Kagawa, Japan.
Shermain will share her month-long volunteering experience in Kamikatsu, where she helped out at a recycling centre, zero waste cafe, and zero waste academy. She will also tell us about her WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) journey, which led her to meeting Toyo, who runs an organic farm and permaculture-styled guesthouse and is currently building a zero waste cafe. Toyo will tell us about his initiatives so far and his plans to turn Ayagawa into a circular society and transition town, and how music is a good way to share the values of life.
Join us, and bring your friends!
Date: 13 February 2017 (Mon)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Workcentral, Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Avenue, Level 6, BREW HOUSE
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email email@example.com
About Our Speakers
Pea Shermain was the first employee of The Food Bank Singapore, a non-profit organisation established in 2012 with an aim to reduce food waste in Singapore. After working for 2 years, she left The Food Bank Singapore to further develop herself through travelling, hoping to be able to gain more knowledge on things that are related to her interests and passion. She found out about Kamikatsu through an online video and was very impressed that there is an official zero-waste town in Asia. She decided to WWOOF in Japan in hope of getting the chance to visit the town to learn about their recycling management. She managed to make her way there eventually and volunteered for a month. She is now back in Singapore for Chinese New Year but will be heading back to Japan soon to work for a Japanese start-up (Meguru Corporation) that aims to build a sustainable circular society in the town Ayagawa, Kagawa prefecture.
Toyo Miyoshi graduated from Ritsumeikan University with a degree in Policy Science, majoring in Town Management and Environmental Policy. Besides his strong interest in environmental issues, Toyo also has a huge passion for Music.
He travelled to Guinea Republic in West Africa straight after graduation to learn Djembe. During his stay in Africa, he was deeply impressed by the Africans’ sustainable lifestyle and how they use music to bring the whole community together. He returned to Japan in 2003 and started his career as a musician while playing an active role in promoting social and environmental issues.
He was involved in Transition Town movement in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefectural, and petitioned against nuclear energy in 2009. After the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, he moved back to his hometown in Kagawa and started an organic farm while initiating Transition Town Ayagawa.
In 2014, he started a nature kindergarten and stood for the election to be the Mayor of Ayagawa town, in hopes to lead the town towards an ecologically developed town. Despite losing the battle, he continued to involve himself in social and environmental movements.
He recently founded Meguru Corporation, an organisation that aims to build a sustainable circulating society by firstly reconnecting human with nature, community, and other beings through its 4 business units, namely, Meguru Nature and Zero Waste Café, Meguru Organic Farm, Meguru Permaculture Guest House, and Meguru Music & Events. Meguru means “circulate” in Japanese; Toyo believes that everything is connected and to be in that circle is the key to a happy and fulfilling life.
Image courtesy of Pea Shermain