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Konohana Family

Last updated: February 28, 2016 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: June 11, 2013

Konohana Family

(Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan)

Mission Statement:

Spirituality, Oneness

Community Description:

Konohana Family is an agriculture-based community at the foot of Mt. Fuji where 80 non blood-related members live as one big family (as of 2013 Dec).
In 1994, 20 members found Konohana Farm, which then was renamed to Konohana Family. They aimed to establish a community where people can live together by supporting each other in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan.
The name “Konohana” comes from the goddess of Mt. Fuji, “Konohana Sakuyahime no Mikoto”. Since its establishment, the family has built a certain life style based on harmony. All members make full use of their talents in daily life, playing specific roles, and helping each other.

Konohana Family practices organic agriculture, and does not use any chemical fertilizers, agricultural chemicals, or genetically modified technology. We choose a sustainable method that provides a good balance between self-sufficiency and productivity, and paying attention to the natural resource circuits. Our total farm land covers 18 hectares; 9 hectares are for vegetables and grains, and the other 9 for rice. Most of the land is borrowed for free from our local neighbors.
We produce most of our food – 260 types of vegetables, grains, 11 types of rice, free-range eggs, pure honey, and miso (fermented soy paste), soy-sauce, and other processed food, produced with traditional methods. We only purchase sugar, salt, and some spices.
We also use “Konohana-kin” (Konohana-microorganisms), an original cultured microorganism solution based on the Effective Microorganisms (EM), for livestock’s feed and water, which significantly reduces odor and creates a healthy environment overall. “Konohana-kin” is used for fermentation process of natural fertilizers, spraying for crops, and for humans to drink as a lactobacillus beverage for our health.

Konohana Family has taken unique steps for the last 19 years without any specific ideology or model. Recently, it received high recognition as an ecovillage in various aspects for its initiatives such as: the environmentally friendly life-style that achieved high self-sufficiency of food based on organic agriculture; harmonious community building based on high-level of spirituality; a mutually-supported system based on common economy, and spirituality that is deeply rooted in the daily life without belonging to a specific religion or denomination. These aspects have attracted attention domestically and internationally.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Area: 49.4 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Additional Comments: About 95% are the local communities, but we use them for free in exchange to manage them.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 51
  • Child Members: 24
  • Non-member Residents: 8
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: 1. Please check the following site and read our leaflet and brochure.
    http://www.konohana-family.org/for-non-japanese-speakers/

    2. If you decide to visit us, please fill out the visit application form from the following link.
    https://www.konohana-family.org/for-non-japanese-speakers/secform-en-visitapp/

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We have faith, but no particular spiritual traditions.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: We have a spiritual leader, but for the daily life, we practice emergent leadership.

    We use mixed method by situations.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments: During the provisional period (first one year), you must support your living expense, pension plan, medicare, and other costs.

    We expect all the members to share your properties when you join.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass, Geothermal, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: 100%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments: We are obo-vegetarian.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Community Affiliations

2BD Termined

Keywords

Spirituality, Ecovillage, Community, Diversity, Japan, Mt. Fuji, Organic Agriculture, Self-sufficien

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network