After clearing a section of her forest, she grows four successive yearly crops of buckwheat, Japanese millet, adzuki beans and soybeans, then lets forest grow wild again for 26 years before starting a new crop cycle.
For a whole year in her forest, we learn from Kuniko about medicinal plants, mountain and fire spirits, the cycle of life and the forest’s unique regenerative powers.
See also JAPAN, MAN AND NATURE IN HARMONY, a two-part documentary.
Festivals and Awards:
* 2013: "Best Anthropology Concern Award". SICHUAN TV FESTIVAL, China
* 2013: "Best Japanese Environmental Film", Japan Wildlife Film Festival, Toyama, Japan.
* 2012: Honorable Mention for Cinematography, CINE Film Festival, Montana, U.S.A.
* 2012: Silver Prize, Documentary Category selected by Hoso Bunka Foundation (HBF), Japan