I made my way around the rural areas in the Kansai, Chugoku regions of Honshu and then travalled a portion of the O-henrosan Odori ("the pilgrim’s path") a series of 88 temples and shrines on the island of Shikoku.
On my second journey, Misa Nakanishi and I traveled North along the San-In coast and spent the harvest season in Nagano-ken near the Japan Alps, living and learning the old ways from a variety of farmers, artists, crafters and hempsters. It was in this area where I began to really understand the depth of hemp’s history in Japan as this was a hemp producing region until a few decades ago. During that trip I also visited the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb museum and learned some of the reasons for modern Japan’s laws and how they came to be.
Soon after, while living on Micronesian Islands, I continued my inquiries into cannabis and Japanese culture, especially in Palau and Yap which were occupied by the Japanese from for several decades until the end of WW2.
I continue to pursue research into the history, usages and the potential of Hemp in Japan and invite all info, inquires and ideas.
Dave Olson, Olympia, WA Cascadia, 1997