The below video interviews were conducted by http://www.japan.foodsovereignty.com.au. They are listed here (descriptions edited for accuracy) with permission from Food Sovereignty.
Toshiaki Kinezuka: 35 Years as an Organic Tea Farmer in Japan Part 1
(Note: as of 2012, it’s 36 years for Kinezuka-san)
Toshiaki with his wife Kazue and their three (adult) children Ayumi, Tamiko and Kazuki run a small, 2 hectare, completely organic tea and mikan (a Japanese citrus similar to a tangerine or mandarin) farm, in the mountains behind the city of Fujieda in the Prefecture of Shizuoka about 200 km southeast of Tokyo.
This amazing interview with one of the pioneers of the global organic farming movement was conducted in January 2011, just before the Fukushima quake hit Japan.
In this first of two videos, with the help of his farmer daughter Ayumi, Toshiaki shares his story of why and how he became an organic farmer and of some of the amazing insights he gained from this unique experience.
Toshiaki Kinezuka: 35 Years as an Organic Tea Farmer in Japan Part 2
In this second video, once again with the help of his farmer daughter Ayumi, Toshiaki talks about Japan’s organic farmers, ‘Nouminren’ the Japanese Family Farmer movement and the challenges they face in the future…before the quake…