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Proceedings of International Research Meeting of Forest Culture Science in East Asia(FOCUSEA) PDF file (total 49 pages 5.6MB)

Aims of the event

“Forest culture” is a general term for the results of people's active engagement with the various resources and environments that forests provide to human society. It covers a wide range of areas, including food, clothing, shelter, science, technology, learning, art, morality, religion and politics. Culture is developed based on the natural environment of the region, and a wide variety of “forest cultures” are formed, reflecting the characteristics of the region. On the other hand, there is also a spread of regions with common or similar “forest cultures”, but in order to study these relationships comprehensively, it is essential to have “in-depth knowledge of the culture of each region” and “comparative study of the cultures of different regions”. The free exchange and sharing of information by many researchers can clarify the process of formation and spread of “forest cultures” and provide a deeper understanding of the meaning of local “forest cultures”. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to create a network where researchers who are carrying out research related to “forest cultures” can exchange a variety of information. As a first step towards developing forest culture research in the East Asian region, the aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers on “forest culture”, build a research network and deepen discussions.



Date Venue

International Research Meeting of Forest Culture Science in East Asia(FOCUSEA) will be held on 16th to 20th March 2024 at YAMANAKA Ryo Naito Seminar House.

YAMANAKA Ryo Naito Seminar House (Link to the page in Japanese)



Keynote Speakers

Professor Soyeon Kim Professor Soyeon Kim

Professor Soyeon Kim is a professor at Catholic Kwandong University located in Gangneung, Kangwon-do, and has been working there since 2022. Previously, she completed her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral studies at Kangwon National University and worked as a senior researcher at the Forest Science Research Institute. Her major is forestry management, it is a field that deals with both economics and public interest. Based on this, she is conducting research on forestry engineering and forest recreation.    Her recent research was in the medical field to verify the scientific effectiveness of forest healing for each subject using forest resources. She operates a forest healing instructor training institute to produce experts in the field. She is also researching about forest business models, where she utilizes forest culture. Her ultimate goal is to enable mountain owners to generate profitability through diverse forest management and to contribute to the local community.

Peng Zhaohui Peng Zhaohui

Peng Zhaohui, Chinese, Phd candidate, graduated from Chongqing University as master degree, phd candidate of Huazhong Agriculture University since 2023. Research field: Forest therapy and environmental design. Participating in one national natural science project as the main researcher. Publishing an article on International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Presenter of the 10th Conference on Sustainable Development in the Building and Environment(SuDBE2021). Winning Award of Excellence of IFLA 2020 as group member. Joining biological diversity protection project along Yangzi River held by WWF as main researcher(2019).

Koji Chihara Koji Chihara

Koji Chihara, Japanese, graduated from Hokkaido University as master degree, curator of Yamanashi Prefectural Fujisan World Heritage Center since 2022.  He majored forest science at university. His research interests are environmental history, plant archaeology, and tourism history.

At university, based on the wood anatomical method, he analyzed wooden cultural properties such as archaeological wood in Hokkaido, Japan. Currently, he is researching historical changes of the ways in which Japanese and foreign tourists and tourism developers faced the nature of Mt. Fuji. As a common theme among them, he aims to elucidate how people from various cultural backgrounds have historically interacted with nature such as forests in a particular area.

Dr. Liu Shoubai Dr. Liu Shoubai

Dr. Liu Shoubai, Chinese, graduated from Hainan University, lecturer of Hainan University since 2017. Research field: Phytochemistry, Ethnobotany, Ethnopharmacology. The traditional medicinal plant resources of Li and Miao minority in Hainan were investigated. Participate in compilation of Records of Li Folk Medicine and Records of Miao Folk Medicine in Hainan. The chemical constituents and biological activities of many kinds of Li folk medicines such as Trichilia sinensis, Croton laui and Croton laevigatus were studied. More than 10 articles have been published in RSC advance, Fitoterapia and other journals.

Dr. Yang Chih Kai Professor Yang Chih Kai

Professor Yang Chih-Kai is Taiwanese and graduated from Taiwan Normal University. Assistant Professor at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Department of Forestry since 2021.Research field: Ethnobotany, Forest ecology, Plant taxonomy.He published 69 papers in national and international journals and authored 27 books. He explored the ethnobotany of the Atayal, Bunon, Paiwan, and Kanakanavu tribes from Taiwan. Currently, he is working on a project to study Bunon indigenous knowledge used in restoration ecology. In addition, he studies how Aboriginal people in Taiwan utilize natural fibers.

Dr. Yen Yen Sally Rahayu Dr. Yen Yen Sally Rahayu

Dr. Yen Yen Sally Rahayu, Indonesian, postdoctoral fellow at Tokyo College of the University of Tokyo. She earned BSc in chemistry, MSc in biochemical science and technology, and PhD in agricultural development studies and interdisciplinary social design and management at the University of Tokyo. Research interests: area studies, food chemistry, and human nutrition.

Her research focuses on (re)valuing biodiversity in today's society. Currently, she is engaged in transdisciplinary area studies exploring the nexus between wild edible plant biodiversity, nutrition, and well-being of rural/local communities in Indonesia.

Special Invited Speakers

Dr. Mariko Inoue Dr. Mariko Inoue

Dr. Mariko Inoue serves as a Group Leader at the Tama Forest Science Garden, the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute in Japan. She holds esteemed positions as a board member within both the Japanese Forest Society and the Japan Outdoor Education Society. Additionally, she contributes her expertise as an associate member to the Science Council of Japan. Dr. Inoue has established a distinguished career in forest science, the field in which she majored during her university studies. Her research, deeply rooted in her comprehensive knowledge of forest science, primarily emphasizes advancing forest and environmental education. She applied her knowledge as a high school teacher in Tokyo, focusing on agriculture and forestry. This practical teaching role not only enriched her experience but also intensified her research interest in forest education. Her endeavors in this area led to significant contributions, including the publication of "Forest Education" in 2015. Her work received international acclaim when she was chosen as a finalist in the IUFRO Global Competition on Best Practices in Forest Education in 2019, and her excellence was further recognized with the Japan Forest Society Prize in 2022.

Professor Chunlin LONG Professor Chunlin LONG

Prof. Chunlin LONG is a full professor at Minzu University of China, one of China’s prestigious universities located in Beijing. He made significant contribution in fields of agrobiodiversity and biodiversity, botany, ethnobiology, natural products, and plant taxonomy. In particular, Prof. Long has studied the relationships between people and plants in different linguistic groups through multi-disciplinary approaches. He published 438 papers in national and international journals. He is a prolific writer and authored 25 books and 19 patents of innovations. Prof. Long has been awarded 19 prizes.

Prof. Long is currently the Chair of Ethnobotanical Committee of China Wild Plant Conservation Association, Vice-President of Chinese Association of Ethnobotany, and Vice-Chair of Committee of Seed Science & Technology, Botanical Society of China. He serves as the Associate Editor of “Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution”, and “Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine”. He is also the editorial board member of various journals including “Archives of Pharmacal Research”, “Biodiversity Science”, “Diversity”, and other journals. Prof. Long is a member of various expert committees or steering committees of Chinese government agencies, such as Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, National Forestry and Grassland Administration, and Ministry of Natural Resources.

Access & Accommodations

Yamanaka Hall Naito Seminar House, The University of Tokyo

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Includes accommodation, food, in-meeting recreation and excursions for 5 days.


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