Shikoku is so far off the beaten track that it doesn’t even have a bullet train service. And Kochi, a small city on the island’s south coast, is cut off from the rest by a huge range of mountains. This is wild country. 84% of the land is covered in forest and the forest is home to bears and monkeys and wild boar. Kochi is surrounded by small farms, thousands of them, growing mainly vegetables, but also rice and tobacco and citrus fruits. I’ve come to Kochi to see the Sunday Market. Kochi’s Sunday Market has been going for 300 years and stretches for half a mile through the city, with 400 stalls. The market is vibrant, noisy and colourful and gives every sign that it will go on for another 300 years, even though the city, like everywhere in Japan, is modern and neon and high rise. This is the Slow Life living in harmony with the high life.
The idea of Slow Life is to take the principles of Slow Food, which are “good, clean and fair”, and extend them to life in general.
Here in the Lake District, the air is clean, the pace is slow and the atmosphere is calm. If we don’t grow food ourselves, we can buy it in friendly small shops, where you know the quality is going to be the best.
This blog is a celebration of the Slow Life, with forays into the world of design, music, the arts, gardens, and my particular weakness, Japan.