Japan is devoted to helping physically challenged persons ascend into
the trees where they can look at their life from a different perspective.
By the time they reach the ground they have a new zest for life. This
experience immediately changes people's perception of physically
challenged persons who climb with Tree Climbing Japan.
love tree climbing and it is very rewarding and exciting for us
to see the joy, laughter and bonding as families climb together.
For those who love nature, tree climbing brings their love of the
forests to loftier levels. These people become intimate friends
with trees and the world around them.
love our programs that help children and teachers up into the trees.
After the initial safety concerns are taken care of, the teachers
and students really enjoy the activity of being high in the treetops.
working to bring tree climbing closer the community, TreeClimbing
Japan also sponsors many forest appreciation events and awareness
programs. One of our greatest efforts is to stop old growth logging
around the world.
is the world's largest importer of lumber and raw logs and the largest
importer of old growth lumber. Unfortunately, the average
Japanese person has never heard of old growth trees or forests.
They are not aware of the plights of North American forests. Every
tourist who has ever visited Canada or USA reports seeing the
beautiful strips of forests. What they don't see are the massive
clear cuts on the other side, which are camouflaged by these fronts.
on the whole are nature-loving people. We have found many people
totally shocked to learn what consumers have done to our forests
and old growth. They are devastated when they learn that people
are trying to save the trees that are used in their paper and homes.
is known as one of the most forest abundant countries in the world.
It is also one of the most populous countries, with more than 126
million people living within an area slightly smaller than the US
state of California. It is not surprising then that there are only
0.2 hectares of forest for every person in living Japan (only a
quarter of the world average, which is 0.8 ha per capita). To draw
another comparison, Canada, an exporter of forest products to Japan,
has forests covering an area of 416.2 million hectares (an
area nearly three times the size of Europe) and a relatively small
population of 31.2 million people. Canada's per captia forest coverage
is more than 13 hectares, but this is a country that like Japan
is facing environmental concerns over the harvesting of diminishing
stands of old growth forest.
most Japanese, Old Growth Trees are Shinto Gods. When a tree
has lived so long and grown so huge it takes on a state of holiness.
This is evident all over Japan to anyone visiting the Shrines and
Temples built close to their huge sacred trees. Many trees
in Japan's forests have small temples under their branches and people
bring offerings to the trees and hope for their blessing.
is Tree Climbing Japan's goal to try our best to educate all those
whom we can to the plight of our forests and to encourage them to
make forest-friendly consumer choices. There is much work to do.
For example, Japan has such so underutilized domestic lumber and
managed forests that the trees are rotting on the hillsides. Almost
50% of the forests in Japan are man made and managed. These
forests are 35-50 years old and in dire need of thinning and
culling. Unfortunately, it is cheaper to buy old growth
products than it is to harvest trees from managed forests.
average age of forest workers is in the upper 50's and it is estimated
that in 10 years there will no longer be workers nor healthy forests
to harvest. In order for the managed forests to be properly maintained
there needs to be a market for the Japanese lumber.
Ministry of Parks and Recreation have also joined with the Ministry
of Forestry and hopes to restore large tracts of managed forest
into natural parks and reserves. However, the managed forests have
to be cut and sold before there is sufficient revenue to fund any
Ministry of Forestry is pleading for people to buy Japanese lumber.
Campaigns and slogans encourage the public to save their forests
and to buy Japanese lumber. But many of the huge Japanese
Zaibatsu and big corporations have too much invested in their overseas
mills and lumber businesses and so there is a conflict between industry
and government programs promoting the use of Japanese lumber.
so it continues. Multinational corporation rape stands of old growth
around the world and Japan's old growth, the Gods of the Forests,
continue to fall. Meanwhile, disease and rot is running rampant
in Japan's under utilized managed forests. This is a horrendous
state of affairs!
Climbing Japan encourages all those we come in contact with to appreciate our
old growth forests and to buy locally. Not only will
they save the old growth, they will help their local community.
The idea is to think global, buy locally.
change is going to require everyone everywhere doing whatever he
or she does best to help the forests. Tree Climbing Japan appreciates
and respects environmentalists and all of their efforts to stop
old growth logging at the front lines. We acknowledge all those
worldwide who provide the information and communication lines that
connect like-minded persons. All those who lobby for environmental
causes are also our friends. For the sake of the forests and
all of our friends Tree Climbing Japan will do everything we can
here in Japan.