Hello Peace & Nature members and friends,

Well, the autumn chill is finally upon us.  As you know, Japan is blessed with a beautiful natural environment and changing seasons, making us lucky to live here.  But did you know that our director Bahram’s home country of Iran also has four seasons?

Most people probably imagine a desert, but Iran actually has seasonal vegetables, as well as fresh fish from nearby seas.  It even has a tropical island called Kish, which is a popular spot for young people!  Consider that your international tidbit for the day.

Welcome to the November monthly newsletter.  This year, our biggest news is definitely the Edo Project! We are renovating our farmhouse in Ozo into a P&N base and revitalizing unused fields to create a cycle of educational farms where children and adults can learn from nature and create a safe environment.

You can keep up-to-date on our events at our new Google Calendar:




Buy organic rice to support our educational farm!

This year’s new rice is ready, grown with care by our members and their children!  This includes rice grown at our educational farm in Ozo and by our network of organic farmers in the region.  Purchase our rice and connect to a sustainable cycle!

Order by email or online: http://www.peace-and-nature.com/onlineshop?lang=en

New mailing list!  

We have been emailing you individually up until now, but now we are going to set up a Google Group mailing list to keep track of our membership and make sure we don’t miss any of you.

You will receive an automated invitation, so please accept the invitation and join our mailing list.

As always, we will send you information on all our events and activities, so the mailing list is a great way to keep in touch with all the latest Peace & Nature news.

Upcoming Events:  

***Save the date for our Christmas Party and Auction – Saturday, December 17th!****

(See below for details.)

November Events:

Saturday, November 19th: P&N Monthly Study Group and Get-Together

Location: Motomachi Genmai Cafe


Time: 6-8:30 PM

Fee: 500 yen for members, 1000 yen for non-members (including fee for place, material, plus one drink)

After the meeting, we will have a gathering with Potluck style, please bring one dish and your own drinks

Sunday, November 20th: Kobe Global Charity Festival

We will be selling our organic Persian sweets and organic rice, so please stop by.  Looking for volunteers too!


Saturday, November 26th: CHIC Bazaar Booth

Every year we have a booth at the Community House & Information Center holiday bazaar on Rokko Island.


Sunday, November 27th: Hyogo International Forum

Peace & Nature director Bahram and members will be speaking on intercultural understanding at this youth forum (in Japanese only).


December Events:

Saturday, December 3rd: Zazen Workshop at Ozo Base

Peace & Nature’s office manager Kan-san will lead a meditation workshop at our base in Ozo. We will be holding this workshop monthly from now on.  If you are interested in learning about Zen, please join us!

Saturday, December 17th:  Christmas Party & Auction

Our annual Christmas Party will be at the Kobe Regatta and Athletic Club this year. For the first time, we are holding a silent auction to support our educational farm, along with raffle prizes and music and dance performances!

Please join us with your friends and family.  Apply online or by email:


Time: 5-9 PM

Location: Kobe Regatta & Athletic Club

Fee: members 4,500 yen, non-members 5,500 yen (dinner, one drink, and raffle ticket), children 1,500 yen (kids’ plate)

About the silent auction:

Please donate items from around the house like antiques, artwork, dishes, books, your own creations, or services (massage, cooking class, English lessons, music, or anything else that shows off your skills!)  We’re looking forward to your creative ideas!

Please get in touch if you are interested in participating in any of these events!

Thanks as always,

Peace & Nature Office