Confectionery and Agriculture
La Collina Omihachiman
A site established by a renowned confectionery manufacturing and retail company. The building with the grass-covered roof is the main shop. Behind the shop is a large rice paddy, and beyond that is a farm used for collaborative agricultural research with universities, further connecting to the mountains (“massif”) that extend in the backdrop. Situated on the opposite side of the hill is Japan’s largest lake. In this respect, the site was established not only as a place for purchasing confectioneries and enjoying a pleasant moment to have tea and sweets, but also as a hub for thinking about the importance of networks between the satoyama (managed woodlands or grasslands near human settlements), forest, and ocean (water), and researching means for maintaining them.