(May 24th Launch!) Protecting the Countryside, Creating Harmony Between Visitors and Farmers! Making Biei the Best Place it can be!

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Each year 17,000,000 visitors go to Hokkaido to see the beautiful farms in Biei!
It is a unique area scattered with hilly farmland that feature amazing fields of not just crops but beautiful flowers.
It is because of these beautiful fields that people flock to the area for a once in a lifetime opportunity.

In 2016, one unfortunate event happened in the area.
After repeated trespassing from tourists trying to get a commemorative picture with the world famous Philosophy Tree, the owner cut the tree down, thus trying to end the mass amount of people entering the farmland without permission.
But alas, the felling of this symbolic tree could not bring an end to the problems the landowner face.
And with this, tourist now trample and ruin the fields moving about to find not only the now felled tree but also great spots to take pictures in, and so on. This is widening the gap between the landowners in Biei and the tourist coming in.

The beautiful farmwork is all down to the work of the farmers that make a living from the area.
If things can’t be done to improve the relationship between the farmers of Biei and the tourists, it is improbable that the area can last as a tourist area.
That’s why we have started to make inroads into creating a bright future of harmony between the two groups.
This project is the start of what we hope will be the beginning of a great relationship between everyone, making the people of Biei and the visitors happy. We hope it might even help to find an opening to the solution to Overtourism!

We hope you can back and share this project!!

Tomoki Ohnishi
Tomoki Ohnishi

2019.5.7

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Each year 17,000,000 visitors go to Hokkaido to see the beautiful farms in Biei!
It is a unique area scattered with hilly farmland that feature amazing fields of not just crops but beautiful flowers.
It is because of these beautiful fields that people flock to the area for a once in a lifetime opportunity.

In 2016, one unfortunate event happened in the area.
After repeated trespassing from tourists trying to get a commemorative picture with the world famous Philosophy Tree, the owner cut the tree down, thus trying to end the mass amount of people entering the farmland without permission.
But alas, the felling of this symbolic tree could not bring an end to the problems the landowner face.
And with this, tourist now trample and ruin the fields moving about to find not only the now felled tree but also great spots to take pictures in, and so on. This is widening the gap between the landowners in Biei and the tourist coming in.

The beautiful farmwork is all down to the work of the farmers that make a living from the area.
If things can’t be done to improve the relationship between the farmers of Biei and the tourists, it is improbable that the area can last as a tourist area.
That’s why we have started to make inroads into creating a bright future of harmony between the two groups.
This project is the start of what we hope will be the beginning of a great relationship between everyone, making the people of Biei and the visitors happy. We hope it might even help to find an opening to the solution to Overtourism!

We hope you can back and share this project!!

Tomoki Ohnishi
Tomoki Ohnishi

2019.5.7

This project is being created! Please look forward to its launch on MAY 24th!

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Tomoki Ohnishi
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(Japanese) はじめまして。私は、美瑛で農家を経営する大西智貴と申します。 美瑛に産まれ、美瑛に育ち、他県で5年間会社勤めをしてからこの町に戻って親元で農業を始めました。 東京ドーム約8個分の農地で小麦、じゃがいも、甜菜、大豆を栽培しています。 外から見た美瑛の農業、その営みである農業景観はとても素晴らしいものでした。 しかし、いざ農家になって感じたことは、観光客はたくさん来るものの落としていくのはゴミばかり。 農地への侵入、作物を踏みつけながらの写真撮影…ストレスばかりでした。 そういった観光公害ともいえるストレスが原因で、仲間の農家も観光名所であった「哲学の木」を切り倒すに至りました。 こうした現状をどうにかポジティブに、観光客と農家のWin-Winな関係を築けないかといつも考えています。

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