Peace & Nature
Peace & Nature is an international NPO based in Kobe, where Japanese and international members work together. We are revitalizing unused fields and growing rice and vegetables without agricultural chemicals in the beautiful natural environment of Ozo, Kita-ku, Kobe, with the help of our neighbors in the area. Our members from around the world work together to pass on a sustainable environment to the next generation. We hold a variety of events and programs to experience growing food and improving the natural environment.

What is the Nature School?
The Nature School provides bilingual experiential programs for children, students, and families interested in the environment, nature, and international education to learn with their hands in the soil. Children and youth will enjoy the programs while learning about the kind and harsh aspects of nature. Our programs have three themes:
1. Food and farming 2. The environment 3. Human development
These programs are for school events and trips for Japanese schools, international schools, English language nursery schools and kindergartens, etc. Rice planting, improving soil, digging for sweet potatoes, planting onions, harvesting soybeans, harvesting rice, and making rice flour pizza or miso paste are some of our popular programs, in which participants interact with nature according to the season.

Our Nature School has four types of programs:
1. Weekday programs for groups (schools and organizations)
2. Weekend events and workshops (anyone may join / discount for members)
3. Summer school (overnight program for children and families on summer vacation)
4. Full courses (vegetable gardening course and other programs with a yearly schedule)

Nature School Program Features
Our Nature School programs offer learning and discoveries while interacting with nature.
1. Programs in English and Japanese
Peace & Nature is unique because our founder is non-Japanese, and we have members from 32 nations working together. Our programs are Japanese/English bilingual. Children interact with people from different countries from a young age and learn about diverse cultures while encountering English. We believe this leads them to gain a global perspective and helps them grow up to be Green Leaders.
2. Japanese culture
Encounter Japanese culture and traditions and learn about Japanese food production through our rice and vegetable growing programs, which reuse fallow fields with the help of our neighbors in Ozo-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe, a region that retains an abundant natural environment and traditional Japanese culture.
3. Experiencing nature
Children today have fewer opportunities to experience nature. Putting their feet into the soil, discovering living things in our fields, and learning from the natural world will bring out their inherent vital energy.
4. Exploring nature
Knowledgeable professionals provide practical learning about native seeds, soil improvement, how to grow vegetables, living creatures in the soil and biodiversity, and wisdom and games from the old lifeways of Japan.

Issuing Social Service Points
Our programs focus on cultivating Green Leaders for the future. We issue Green Leader certificates to members and schools who participate throughout the year.

Participating Schools
Kindergartens and nursery schools: Kinder Kids, Kids Bright, Wise Bug
International schools: Canadian Academy, European School, Marist International School, YWCA
Junior high schools: Hibarigaoka Gakuen
Universities: Kwansei Gakuin University, Kobe Institute of Computing, Kobe Yamate University, Shukugawa University
Our weekday programs are for schools and universities, and our weekend programs are for our members and the general public. We can also organize corporate trainings.

Program Dates and Activities (sample)

Time of year Main program Content, preparations for next month
April Planting vegetables Planting seeds, improving soil
May Planting rice Planting tomato, eggplant, green pepper, goya, and other summer vegetables, creating Yasuda Bokashi fertilizer.
June Planting summer vegetable seedlings Planting soybean seeds, harvesting onions, potatoes, garlic
July Summer school Experience nature and the English language without leaving Kobe
August Summer school Corn picking, harvesting summer vegetables, food education, flowing somen noodles, cooking paella, yoga, Zazen meditation, onsen, temple stay, etc.
September Rice harvest Creating racks for harvested rice
October Digging for sweet potatoes Preparing fields, planting garlic
November Planting onions Preparing fields, preparing to make miso (drying soybeans)
December Food education and farm activities Bamboo workshop
January Food education and farm activities Preserved food workshop (miso, etc.)
February Food education and farm activities Fermented food workshop (amazake, etc.)
March Food education and farm activities Cooking rice flour pizza in pizza oven

Note: some activities may not be held for group programs

Day Schedule for School/Group Programs (sample)
10:00 meet at work site
10:15 orientation
11:00 experiential workshop in vegetable or rice fields
12:30 move to our Ozo base, lunch break
13:00 end
*We can also hold lectures or natural art classes in the afternoon.
*Our founder or staff can visit your school before or after the program to make the day’s
workshop more meaningful.

School/Organization Participation Fees
(Minimum 6 participants for educational programs.)

Number of Participants Basic fee (for one participant) (without tax)
6-10 5,000 yen
11-20 3,500 yen
21-50 3,000 yen
51+ 2,000 yen

*Fees differ depending on program date, content, and take-home gifts. Please inquire.
*For our weekend events, summer school, and full courses, please view details on our

How to Apply
Please enter your contact information in the form below and send it, or download and fill in the PDF form and send it to us by email:
We will contact you when we receive your application form.

Download PDF Application Form

How did you learn about our program? / このプログラムをどこで知りましたか?
Introduction from member /メンバーからのご紹介Friend, acquaintance / ご友人、知人からのご紹介At workshop or event / ワークショップまたはイベント会場にてFacebookOther / その他

Participation in Peace & Nature programs and activities is on a personal responsibility basis. Please sign below to agree and submit your application form.

I agree that I take responsibility for my participation in this program: (sign below)

Paying participation fees: please transfer to one of the accounts below.
Bank: Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank, Branch: Kobe 581, Futsu (savings), Account #:0115999, Account Name:
NPO-Hojin Peace & Nature
Postal Branch: 428 Futsu, Account #:0501176, Account Name: Tokutei Hieiri Katudo Hojin Peace & Nature

*Day-before or day-of cancellations incur a cancellation fee.
(Day-before: 50% Day-of: 100%) Thank you for your understanding.

Please feel free to inquire below with any questions.

NPO Peace & Nature Kitano Office
(Staff: Shinobu Enanloo)
Phone/fax: 078-779-7474