The Totoro no Furusato
What is the Totoro no Furusato Foundation?
We are a legally incorporated foundation with the purpose of preserving the beautiful natural habitat and cultural assets of Sayama Hills and its surrounding areas.
What are Sayama Hills?
Located about 40km (24 miles) from
the Tokyo metropolitan area, in an area overlapping Tokyo and Saitama
provinces, Sayama is a lush hill of greenery, encompassing 3500ha (8650 acres)
measuring about 11km (6.9miles) East to West, and 4km (2.5miles) North to
South. The vast woodland area, which
includes two reservoirs,
Here, farmland, rice fields, and
wetlands, as well as its surrounding woods maintain a timeless look of the
past. This type of habitat is
called “Satoyama” and has been developed
In Sayama Hills 1400 types of ferns and other seedling plants, 19 mammals, and over 200 different species of birds have been identified. In addition, 2500 types of insects, as well as frogs, snakes, and salamanders (Hynobius tokyoensis) call this Satoyama its home, making its moniker “The treasure chest of nature” much appropriate.
People have inhabited the area
The origins and development of the Foundation
Biocultural preservation efforts at Sayama Hills have been in place since the 1970s. As a result, most of the natural habitats in the hills have been protected. However, due to urban and leisure facility development, destruction of the habitat, through deforestation and illegal dumping, is clearly visible.
In April of 1990, with the
objective of preserving the lush nature of Sayama Hills to future generations,
the National Trust of Totoro no Furusato was born. Due to the efforts of 5 initial contributors, including film director Hayao
Miyazaki, a large amount of donations were received from all across
Sayama Hills is known as the inspiration of Mr.Hayao Miyazaki’s animation masterpiece, “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro, 1988)”. The Trust Fund was named in its honor.
In August of 1991, the first land
acquisition “Totoro no Mori (Totoro’s
In May of 1996, a membership club
system that would help fund and support our efforts was established. At the same time, we began publication of the
newsletter “Totoro no Mori kara (From Totoro’s
In April of 1998, The National Trust of Totoro no Furusato was incorporated as the “Totoro no Furusato Foundation”. In later years through October of 2003, 4 more land acquisitions were made, for a total of 6.
In 2002, we were awarded “
Environment for Tomorrow Prize- Special Award for Forest Heritage-” by the
Asahi Shimbun Company. The prize money
of 1 million JP Yen from the award was used to purchase equipment and
educational materials for nature observation.
We began a program to lend these materials to schools. In 2006, we were bestowed with the City of
a. National Trust Activities: Until December of 2007, through the use of donated funds we have acquired 6 plots of land, a total of 13128 square meters (about 3.25 acres) that we have named “Totoro no Mori”. Additional acquisitions are planned.
b. Preservation Activities: To preserve the lush natural environment, we engage in discussions and consultations with municipalities and companies, as well as collect information toward conservation of Sayama Hills.
c. Publicity Efforts: To educate and inform people of the natural and cultural significance of Sayama Hills, we publish newsletters and manage a website, and operate events such as “Totoro no Furusato Ohsouji (Totoro’s Clean Up)”.
d. Investigative Activities: We perform investigation and research into the plant and animal life, as well as cultural assets of Sayama Hills
e.Satoyama Management Activities: We operate various activities to preserve the greenery and landscape of the marshland and woods of Sayama Hills. Volunteer groups maintain the land acquired through the trust activities, research is conducted into ways of preserving Satoyama, and events to reinvigorate local farming, such as “Furusato Nogyo Taiken (Experience Farming at Home)” are hosted, with local citizens.
f. Environmental Education Activities: We host environmental education activities to broaden society’s understanding of the importance of preserving the Hills. This is done through assisting with teachings at schools, hosting seminars for teachers, planning and hosting environmental education programs in the Hills, etc.
Dr. Toshihiko Ando Chairman of the Board (Professor,
Managing Directors: 2, Trustees: 10, Auditors: 2, Advisors: 4
Supporting the Foundation
We are actively seeking support in the following areas:
・ Monetary donations : Your donations toward acquisition of new land sites and other activities of the Foundation are graciously accepted. .
・ New memberships : 3000 JP Yen / year
・ Volunteerism for maintaining Sayama Hills
For additional Information, please contact us.
Contact: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 3-1169-1 Mikashima Tokorozawa-shi,