To media inquiries

We can support you to do media work. Please tell us some details about your work; for example:

Your full contact details including your name, your street address, you website address, your telephone number.
The magazine, or newspaper, or tv program, or other, that will feature your work
Full contact details for that magazine, newspaper, tv program, or other
Some information about the audience for your media.
What kinds of places in Japan do you want to film or interview?
What locations do you want to go to?
When do you want to go?
How many people will be going?

The more information you can give us, the more assistance we will be able to give you.

Thanking you and looking forward to your next email.

Kind regards,
The team at WWOOF Japan
http://www.wwoofjapan.com

Organic; taking as much as possible into account

This includes part of an email we wrote to a WWOOFer in early 2010.

At the WWOOF Japan office we are building a network of diverse experiences. Some WWOOFers want only organic farms, and we have lots of organic farms, representing the majority of our hosts. But other WWOOFers want different experiences, examples of which include about how to make for themselves a sustainable organic lifestyle. Here is an account of a WWOOFer we met in early 2010. 

A young woman WWOOFer from the city wanting to move to a rural area herself, hungry to know what the issues are that she will have to come to terms with; availability of places for rent, whether there is farming land contiguous to homes for rent, or whether it will be necessary to rent a house and farming land separately; how to receive WWOOFers herself when she becomes a host; what if any work hosts do in addition to or other than organic farming that she can emulate to earn enough income to be self sufficient. If she decides to grow organic produce, will she do best by selling it as raw produce, or, by working to value add it into some forms of processed foods for sale; can she sell it at the roadside, or will she need to find buyers for her products. What produce lends itself best to being value added without capital expenditure on machinery. She was WWOOFing at a young single female WWOOFer's place, one of the reasons for which was to find out if the woman host was single out of choice, or whether she wanted to have a partner but couldn't find one in the rural area; the ramification for the WWOOFer being that if she leaves the city she might be subjecting herself to a life of being single. 

In most developed countries, rural areas are disadvantaged because young people are leaving for the cities, and those young people who stay are often bored for lack of opportunities; despite rural areas usually having more access to natural and organic foodstuffs. This highlights that sustainable lifestyles encompass more than only what we eat. It is too about what we think, new learning, and being intellectually and emotionally satisfied and sustainable. Only qualifying organic farms as worthy to be a WWOOF host then, fails to take into account all the issues people are faced with. 

Another host comes to mind; a retired public servant living alone with a passion for books and learning. There was no organic growing at his place. But many WWOOFers loved the experiences that could be had at the host. The man loved sharing his English and Japanese reference library with WWOOFers, and some WWOOFers could not get enough of it. 

There are many non-organic farming situations that attract WWOOFers, that are organic experiences and that do allow those WWOOFers to get below the veneer of tourism. Some WWOOFers from English speaking backgrounds value being in a home environment with only native speaking Japanese people, to maximize their learning to speak Japanese. 

We often have families WWOOFing together (man, woman, & child), and they often seek hosts that have young children; with a young child herself, looking after the host's children might be the only help the mother who is WWOOFing can give to the host, in exchange for staying and eating with the host, and having her own child exposed to the experiences the host's place facilitates. 

Some WWOOFers want an office situation because it is the area of work that they do. Some WWOOFers will go to a host's place because of the work done at the host is what the WWOOFer wants to learn about to further their own career, and that might be other than organic growing. 

Some WWOOFers might start out using WWOOF as an inexpensive means to travel and meet local Japanese people, but through the influence of grass roots and self sufficient lifestyles that our hosts are engaged in, develop an interest in environmentally responsible lifestyles. 

We just can't see it as the right thing to do, for us at the WWOOF Japan office to tell a host that what he or she is doing is not of the right worth, based on our views, or based on the views of another person, when the host is prepared to welcome WWOOFers to their place, to share learning with WWOOFers, is passionate about a lifestyle that is progressive, and some WWOOFers find going to the host's place worthwhile. 

Host Codes have changed

Host Codes have changed. Host Codes are now the lower case letter "h", followed by the Host Code as it was; for example: h1234

Marijuana is an illegal substance in Japan

As people coming into Japan through Japanese immigration will see in the documents they are obliged to complete and submit to authorities, marijuana is an illegal substance in Japan.

Japanese immigration

About Japanese immigration

WWOOF is a means to friendship, travel & experience. Via WWOOF travelers are able to contact local people, correspond with them towards beginning friendships with them, and then go to visit them (just like Pen Friends used to do prior to the internet), in regions all over Japan.

Approx 20% of WWOOF participants are overseas tourists traveling on a normal tourist visa (otherwise called a 'Temporary Visitors Visa'), who participate in WWOOF as part of their holiday itineraries. Additionally, approx 25% more are non-Japanese people who are already reside in Japan, such as exchange students, or people employed by Japanese companies, or people with permanent residency. WWOOF as a means to friendship, travel & experience has entirely nothing to do with money or employment. Full details about the many aspects of WWOOF can be seen elsewhere on this website.

Below is text copied from the the page 'A Guide to Japanese Visas' at  http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/04.html#a  on 1 March 2009, under the heading 'Activities authorized to engage in', under 'Visa Category', and 'Temporary Visitors Visa':
Sightseeing; recreation; sports; visiting relatives, friends, or acquaintances; visiting a sick person; attending a wedding or funeral ceremony; participating in athletic tournaments, contests, etc. as an amateur; business purposes (such as market research, business liaison, business consultations, signing a contract, or providing after-sale service for imported machinery); inspecting or visiting plants, trade fairs, etc.; attending lectures, explanatory meetings, etc.; academic surveys or research presentations; religious pilgrimages or visits; friendship visits to sister cities, sister schools, etc.; or other similar activities during a short period of stay in Japan.

Other visas such as Working Holiday Visas, etc., can too be used to participate in WWOOF in Japan.

Regardless, Japanese Immigration Officials at ports in Japan retain the right to let in and turn away travelers entirely at their discretion.  The website for the Immigration Bureau of Japan website is at http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/index.html The website for The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs that stipulates visa types is http://www.mofa.go.jp

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