The people of Kyoto, Japan, have a close and rich relationship with the landscapes and forests that surround them. In the area there are an estimated 13,000 private forests and 26 government owned forests. Essentially, the area is made up a collection of tiny detached forests that are managed using different approaches but are united under one model – the Model Forest Banner. The aim is to promote forest conservation to battle forest degradation.
The Landscape of Kyoto
In Kyoto there are no fewer than 17 World Heritage sites, Japanese gardens, historic building and a number of other important assets that are important to Japanese culture. The forests are important to the locals as they attract close to 100 million tourists each year and provide wood for traditional buildings.
You might be wondering how they conserve forests if they are cutting down trees, but they manage the deforestation in a way that it has no negative effects. Furthermore, much of the area is characterized by steep valleys and ridges, so many of the area’s inner forests remain untouched because they impossible to access.
To add to this, the trees that they do cut down earn them $14 million every year, which they can then use to plant more trees. The point of the Model Forest Banner is to show that forestry is fine, if you manage it properly. If you just start cutting down all the trees in sight, then problems are obviously going to arise.
Some of the Wood is Used for Cricket Pavilions and Bats
Cricket is growing in popularity in Japan and they are building a number of grounds around the country in the hope that more and more Japanese players will take up the game.
An important part of cricket is the pavilion, as it where the players stay during the match while they are waiting to bat and where social meetings are held when there are no cricket meetings happening. Cricket is a very social sport, so regular social meetings are very important.
Many cricket grounds pride themselves on the beauty of their pavilion, which is why most of them are made out of beautiful wood. Cricket grounds with stunning pavilions are always well received by the players that visit them.
The cricket pavilions that are being erected in Japan are being made out of Japanese wood that originated from Kyoto. This wood is some of the best quality wood available in the whole world, so there is no wonder why it is being used to build cricket pavilions.
Furthermore, the wood is of such good quality that companies have even started using it to make cricket bats. It is not yet known whether these bats will become popular in the cricketing world, but you never know unless you try.