I’ll be giving a talk and workshop at Apricot Centre Huxhams Cross Farm in Dartington Devon in July. I’ll be talking about a new lifestyle emerging in Japan called Satoyama living including Kawaguchi style natural farming, Kominka living, a lifestyle of half farming and half something else, transition initiatives in Japan, ecovillages and local networks, an open-air market movement, and a political grassroots movement.
How to Lead a Long and Healthy Life Starting in Your 50s: Satoyama Cycling. Cycling, in general, is a good exercise since you can incorporate it in your daily life. You can cycle to commute, you can cycle to go shopping. It is a good example of designing your lifestyle where you move a lot naturally. Try to cycle as much as possible when you go somewhere. It is very common in countries like Netherlands and Demark to cycle for commuting, and that is one of the elements to put them high in the happiness rankings.
The fact that many people in Blue Zones work in their garden and many people in Japanese Satoyama, where we find a lot of centenarians, grow rice and vegetables might suggest that they are healthy because they get enough exercises but also they are exposed to plenty of microbiomes in their daily life to create a rich gut microbiota.