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Japanese Houses In Balance With Water & Environment

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Given the recent flood water problems, I was put in mind of this superb David Attenborough documentary 'Satoyama: Japan's Secret Water Garden'. We could learn a lot from it.

The Japanese appear to have evolved a balance in their simple village life integrating the water canal system design into their houses, lifestyle & surrounding nature.

It's a wonderful, uplifting piece of work, unavailable on dvd, but thankfully on Youtube. One of the top 10 documentaries ever made IMO.

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TblACPcIiEw

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxcyq7qHyTU

part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-hQT9_XVPU

part 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utHcvAlgl2o

part 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZaL45tvtBc

part 6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSFgc8lsX1c

The images and photography are breathtaking. Not only is it vibrant and colorful (not unlike other nature programs) but also artistically creative. (Look out for the shot of a reflection - of a boat traversing the calm lake - on a drop of water resting on a green leaf!) Simply brilliant! Many of the images of nature suggest a Zen-like simplicity. The camera lingers on bright purple, red, and green vegetables free-floating in a sink filled with the fresh spring water. As the water continually pours in from the pipe above the sink, the vegetables bump and float in an ever-changing kaleidoscope.

The documentary is about how the local residents of this village - Satoyama - live in harmony with nature. "Satoyama" is the word for a unique ecosystem wherein man and nature live in balance.

Colourful fishes (carp) move about freely in the kitchen sink acting as nature's cleaning agent by scavenging on the remnants of the dinner plate. The canal water teem with life as the seasons change. The fishes caught in spring are fermented over many months to become part of a meal in November! Each shot has an artistic streak to it and a story to tell.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0483154/

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Given the recent flood water problems, I was put in mind of this superb David Attenborough documentary 'Satoyama: Japan's Secret Water Garden'. We could learn a lot from it.

The Japanese appear to have evolved a balance in their simple village life integrating the water canal system design into their houses, lifestyle & surrounding nature.

It's a wonderful, uplifting piece of work, unavailable on dvd, but thankfully on Youtube. One of the top 10 documentaries ever made IMO.

Doubt whether that work here without constant 24/7 guards and camera's to stop shopping trollies and sopha's being dumped in the canals and lakes.

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Doubt whether that work here without constant 24/7 guards and camera's to stop shopping trollies and sopha's being dumped in the canals and lakes.

Yes unlikely, especially considering the systems evolved over 1000 years.

But it's food for thought with the 2nd part showing the house & water canal intergration best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxcyq7qHyTU

I guess my main point is that when uk flood insurance costs of over the £1 billion mark are being mentioned, a radical rethink on how uk housing & water systems interlink needs to happen.

The Dutch systems have often been mentioned previously on hpc, but this Japanese example was one of the most positive I could find, although not as idealistic as portrayed in the documentary of course.

My friend visited there recently & confirmed this, but said the Japanese do not really suffer floods as their canals / drainage systems are very efficient.

Also worth noting is that the old boy is almost totally self-sufficient in his lifestyle, an admirable aim.

The Uk & Japan are both ancient island cultures, so perhaps crosslinking ideas is more likely.

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That would never work here, because it would involve "thinking" :rolleyes:

And not enough profit

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