Everyone’s Food ・ みんなの食

This map is a tool we hope can be a connection point between you and the quiet heroes who walk among us who are providing food for others. They walk among us every day unnoticed but they keep bees on a rooftop, plant fruit trees on the side strip and share their harvests with friends and family. Maybe you know of some already!Please use this site to add such places and activities.

The globalized, commodity-based food system is failing people and the environment, centers around an industrial model where consumers and producers are more removed from each other and profit maximization drives food production and behavior. 

But a different world of food is out there that can satisfy basic human needs, be a safety-net in times of crisis, and improve mental and physical wellbeing!

A people-oriented (minnanoshoku?) food system offers various possibilities to signal, interact, influence what is being produced and how it is being made available. Furthermore it can contribute to resilience and connectedness. The people-oriented practices and activities visualized on this homepage are a way of life by the people together. We sorted the activities and practices by the three categories Supply ‘Prosumption’, and ‘Community

01 .


Unattended Farm Stands

Mujinhanbai are a long standing tradition of rural areas where farmers and kitchen gardeners set up private farm stands close to their farm or house and sell their harvests.


Farmers markets are typically weekly scheduled events where producers and vendors set up a temporary stand to sell their products. Consumers can come during a given time to freely purchase and share conversations with producers directly.

Factory Direct Sales

Direct Sales

Direct Sales markets are storefronts where local community members and farmers can drop off their produce and value added products for sale.

Small Businesses

Local businesses are locations where a store vendor usually directly purchases from a producer. They often hold strong ethics when it comes to knowing where their products come from and are eager to share this valuable knowledge to mostly urban consumers.

Roadside Stations

Green Lantern Restaurants

02 .


U-pick Farms

U-pick farms offer the unique opportunity for consumers to directly visit farms and participate in farming activity such as harvesting your own vegetables.


Fishing is of course a critical livelihood that provides fresh seafood and fish, but it also is a long held past time for fishing enthusiasts who are important knowledge keepers and sharers about local ecosystems and environmental conservation. With the decline of forestry and lack of maintenance within secondary forests, much wildlife is encroaching into rural areas and sometimes urban regions. Hunters play a vital role in providing balance for the farmers who face devastation from wildlife like deer, boar, racoons, and monkeys and surrounding ecosystem.
Mapping points where one can access licenses and sharing the important work of hunters and fishers promoting the sustainability of precious satoyamas and nature.


Japanese bee-keeping provides an intimate look into the terroir of a particular region.

Forest Foraging

03 .


Seed Sharing

Thinking about wanting to grow your own food? Do you know there are seed exchange events and seed banks that offering seeds to participants. These seeds are often unique to a particular locality and one way to be able to enjoy traditional heirloom varieties.

Community Gardens

Children’s Cafeteria

Kodomo Shokudo are spaces organized by community members for children to come and have a home cooked meal.

Food Policy Councils

Licenses (Fishing・Hunting・Food Sales)

All these practices and activities can be characterized as ‘alternative’, ‘local’, ‘wild’, and ‘informal’, but very often fall into several of these categories and that makes their strength and attractiveness.

“Informal food practices” refer to activities that are not registered or taxed, but are not illegal. They include for example sharing seeds among farmers, or food among friends and family, but also hobby gardening or gathering edible wild plants.

“Local food” emphasises the place of production which can be bound to a city or region, but can also be seen by distance to the consumer. Often it is connected with certain, documented ways of production and geographic characteristics, as used in geographical indication certificates.

Alternative food networks” focus on food produced non-conventionally*, includes also the distribution channels, and being marketed outside of the mainstream supermarkets. Often members’ motivation goes beyond just monetary goals.

“Wild food” refers to food that is non-domesticated, non-industrial, often not planted, and gathered or hunted alone or as group activity such as sansai, mushrooms, or gibier.



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Grow yourself – grow the community – grow civic food!

There are many different options to become part.

The necessary change to a new food system requires not only different ways of production, distribution, purchase, and preparation of food, but parallel also new ways to govern, research, educate and imagine! Institutions like a Food Policy Council and civil society actors play a crucial role in this as sociatiel catalysts.