Organic Lifestyle in Japan

We have prepared a new GON page – Organic Lifestyle in Japan – addressed to the foreign community and other interested readers. – This section will have articles and information about trends, events, products, restaurants, shops and much more.


GON – Media and Trade Fair Partners
GON has several foreign and Japanese media and trade fair partners with whom we exchange information and links. Among them is OCT, a quarterly publication in English designed to spread the message of all things organic in Japan with a focus on culture and travel. OCT was launched in autumn 2014 and the second issue is scheduled for publication in May 2015.

10 000 copies of the May edition will be distributed together with the monthly magazine “Tokyo Weekender” to major public institutions and facilities in Tokyo. OCT will again have interesting articles and much information of interest to the foreign community.

For the first issue and other information please visit the website below.
http://www.octonline.jp/

Crayonhouse – located in central Tokyo with a branch in Osaka – is a pioneer of the organic movement in Japan. Customers can find at the shops under one roof and on the web site a wide range of natural and organic food and non-food products: Certified organic food and beverages, natural cosmetics and textiles, toys and books and much more. The restaurant in the basement with a terrace welcomes guests for a coffee break and delicious organic food dinner. Read more.

  • 2019年01月14日

    Yano Economic Research Institute has con…

    YANO – Organic Market Survey 2018 (Press Release – Summary)   The domestic organic food market in 2017 has grown by 2.3% to 178.5 billion Yen, which reflects an increase of 1 to 2% during recent years. It is expected that the understanding and demand for organic food will grow because of hosting the Tokyo Olympics …

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  • 2019年01月14日

    Yano Economic Research Institute: Surve…

    Thanks to the expanding activities of emerging companies for natural and organic brands the domestic natural and organic cosmetics market in FY 2017 increased by 10.49% compared with the previous year to 129.7 billion yen Yano Research Institute, Inc. (President: Takashi Mizukoshi) surveyed the domestic natural and organic cosmetics market, analyzed the product categories, trends …

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  • 2019年01月04日

    Coordinate anniversaries with vegetables…

    Multicolored vegetables displayed on the wedding table. Cute small vegetables placed in a box for your birthday presents and other gifts. Shown above is an elegant vegetable arrangement of Farmer ‘s Yard All vegetables are grown on soil prepared on their own farms of 3 acres (900 tsubo), and cultivated without using pesticides and chemical …

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  • 2018年12月16日

    Enjoy Christmas Dinner at Crayonhouse Or…

      Soonwe will celebrate Christmas! The illumination of in Omotesando is one of the most beautiful in Tokyo! After enjoying a walk and seeing the decorated trees and shops, you may want to do some last shopping. Please visit Crayonhouse where you can find many gifts and other products.     From the basement to …

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  • 2018年10月05日

    Crayonhouse Veggie Box with the largest …

    The veggie box delivered by Crayonhouse to Japanese and foreign customers includes a list of products and recipes in Japanese how to use them. Foreigners living in Japan who buy organic products may not be familiar with traditional Japanese vegetables. For them we are starting with this issue a list of vegetables with photos of …

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  • 2018年06月04日

    In Ureshino, Saga Prefecture, a family p…

    Ureshino in Saga Prefecture is the 4th largest producer of green tea incl. organic in Japan. This region has a long history in Japanese tea cultivation. The founder of Rinzai sect sowed tea tree seeds brought back from China in 1192, and started the cultivation in the temple in Sefuri mountains in Saga prefecture. This was …

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  • 2017年12月02日

    Tsuruda Organic Farm in Kumamoto Prefect…

    In November 2017 I visited the Tsuruda Farm in Ashikita-machi and talked with the owner and his wife and Mrs. Morita who uses flowers from mikan trees as ingredients for natural cosmetics. Following is a summary:   Mr. Shiro Tsuruda, President Maruta Co., Ltd. and his wife (Farm owner). In our home, where jam is …

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  • 2017年10月22日

    Crayonhouse Veggie Box – “Be…

    Home Delivery “Organic Town” changed to “Best from the West”     After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, Crayonhouse switched suppliers for agricultural products handled in the shop front vegetable market ·and restaurant and for home delivery to organic farmers from  Western Japan.  Until now we did not have our own distribution system for veggie …

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  • 2017年07月21日

    Cool Places in Summer Relaxing outdoors…

    All over Tokyo can find air-conditioned places and catering establishments where you can relax, but also run the risk of catching a cold. A nice and healthier alternative are cafes and restaurants with an outdoor terrace and numerous beer gardens. Beer gardens are open only during the warm/hot season from late spring to early autumn. …

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  • 2016年03月27日

    Natural and Organic Cosmetics in Japan &…

    The overall cosmetics market in Japan is the second-largest in the world. Natural and organic cosmetics are still a niche but on the rise due to increasing concern about safety, environment-conscious lifestyles (LOHAS) and ethical consumption by consumers. The natural and organic cosmetics market in Japan is worth about 200 billion Yen (around 8% of …

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  • 2016年03月27日

    Natural and Organic Cosmetics – Pa…

    The demand for natural/organic cosmetics is growing worldwide and also in Japan. This movement and trend started about 20 years ago in Germany when the consumer magazine ÖKO-TEST published a critical report (based on test results) about conventional cosmetics which contain many chemical and possibly harmful ingredients. The big cosmetics companies sued the magazine in …

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  • 2016年02月07日

    Weekly Vegetarian Lunch and Dinner plus …

    Due to the growing popularity of the Vegetarian Night Crayonhouse has decided to offer a vegetarian/vegan lunch and dinner buffet every Monday starting from January 2016. In line with the global trend to reduce meat consumption for the sake of animal welfare and the environment as well as for health reasons, Crayonhouse will not sell …

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  • 2015年12月14日

    Crayonhouse celebrates its 40th annivers…

    On December 5th 1976 Crayonhouse opened in Omotesando a small 60 sqm shop and tea room with picture books. Since I was a child I always wanted a relaxing space for reading. The floor space and the range of books and other products grew in the following years, and 10 years later our shop was …

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  • 2015年09月23日

    Organic Vegetarian Night at Crayon House…

    The popular Organic Vegetarian Night is held twice-a-month on Mondays at the Crayon House restaurant. On these evenings, we offer a vegetarian buffet dinner with seasonal products. All ingredients are organic vegetables and seaweeds. The soup stock is vegetarian as well, made of shiitake mushrooms and konbu (kelp). Crayon House wants to promote the growth …

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  • 2015年07月23日

    First Certified Organic Hotel in Japan

    Yasuesou, the first organic hotel in Japan (and Asia), certified by the Japan Bio-Hotel Association was officially opened on 22 May 2015. Over 100 guests, among them officials from Ikeda city, Nagano prefecture, media and other organizations participated in the opening ceremony and reception. ▲ Mr. Kazuhiko Nakaishi, representative director of Bio-Hotels Japan Association, presents …

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  • 2015年06月19日

    Crayon House “Vegetarian NightR…

    The popular “Organic Vegetarian Night” is held twice a month on the second and fourth Monday. On this day, the restaurant offers a vegetarian buffet dinner with seasonal products. All ingredients are organic vegetables and seaweeds. The soup stock is vegetarian as well, made of shiitake (mushrooms) and konbu (seaweed) . All dishes are also …

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  • 2015年06月09日

    Japanese food and tableware

    Shun: the Essence of the Seasons When I think of Japan in summer, childhood memories of peaches come to mind. Available only in the sultry days of late July, the gigantic, blushing pink, softball sized white flesh peaches were so succulent, their floral fragrance so heady, that biting into one induced a near swooning sensation. …

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  • 2015年06月09日

    Umeboshi, A Little Plum With Big Health …

    It’s the weekend—time to go celebrate the end of another work week. But if your TGIF turns into a Saturday morning hangover, try reaching for umeboshi instead of an aspirin. No, umeboshi isn’t a new pill or tonic. If you haven’t heard of these little pickled fruits before, it’s time to get acquainted. Their name …

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  • 2015年06月04日

    Organic food rarely found on Japan’s tab…

    When it comes to a search for high-quality food, Japanese consumers have an unrivalled reputation for discernment. Yet when organic produce enters the picture, they lag far behind their counterparts in Europe and the U.S. Granted, the past few years have seen the appearance in Tokyo and other cities of cafés, restaurants and shops selling …

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  • 2015年04月21日

    Crayonhouse – Organic Specialty Sh…

    Greetings Crayonhouse is based on the theme of “thinking about culture from the point of view of children. Thinking about culture from the point of view of women. And thinking about culture from an organic point of view.” We have shops in two locations, in Tokyo (Omotesando) and in Osaka (Esaka). Our Tokyo shop includes …

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  • 2015年04月19日

    Ways to Live the Life Organic in Tokyo

    Ways to Live the Life Organic in Tokyo The organic lifestyle is as much about food as it is the clothes that you wear and the other products you use in your daily life. Here are a few of the companies and services available around Tokyo that can help you achieve a ethical, eco-friendly way …

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  • 2014年10月03日

    Gumma Konjak Park

    Enjoy Traditional Japanese Food Culture and Fee Smorgasbord-Style Buffet Shirataki—noodles made from yam—has been focused as dietetic food in Europe and the United States. This report picks up an article about a theme park featuring konjak (jelly-like food made from yam) from the Sankei News. Gumma prefecture located in the suburbs of Tokyo, produce 61,700 …

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  • 2014年10月03日

    10 Reasons Japanese Women Don’t Get Old …

    “A good, functional and healthy body is the ultimate fashion statement.” Kiyokazu Washida, fashion critic Recently I came upon a small, but informative book by Naomi Moriyama entitled, Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat. Intrigued and a bit skeptical, although I follow a very similar style of diet, I found some delicious recipes to add …

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