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Native Grass Project

Japanese people have enjoyed the blessings of wild grasses for food, medicines, and clothing since ancient times. Wild grasses have greatly helped to foster unique Japanese culture as they often appeared in Manyoshu, the 8th century anthology of Japanese poetry. To pay attention to these "wild grasses", we conduct the "Native Grass Project" which aims to build environmentally friendly communities that protect and utilize wild grasses native to their local area as important and attractive resources thereby enhancing biodiversity. The project targets not only endangered and rare species but also common native grasses. In cooperation with citizen groups, corporations, local governments, and universities, we conduct research, protection/restoration, and public awareness activities. Our partner corporations include Mori Building Co., Ltd.; Kumagai Gumi Co., Ltd.; Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd.; and, Hulic Co., Ltd.

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