Upon our afternoon arrival at Hello Woods, an experience-based nature learning centre in Chiba province to the east of Tokyo, a feeling of excitement ran through us, reflected in our faces painted with smiles. But a shiver also ran down my spine. It was so cold even though the sakura blossom that signal the arrival of spring had bloomed a few weeks ago.
ABOVE AND BELOW Woodwork figures are placed throughout the site to grow moss, a component of the forest ecosystem as moss serves as food and habitat for numerous organisms.
Hello Woods, a 42-hectare site near Honda's Twin Ring Motegi race track, is a showcase of healthy green environments, natural ecosystems and wildlife that allowed us to interact with paddies where farmers grow pesticide-free rice near the site's entrance and a highland forest boasting an abundance of flora and fauna and microorganisms as well as water features. Children with their families were at the heart of the woodlands enjoying the fun activities the site has to offer.
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