Mountain Utilization Division

Mountain Utilization Division


In the Mountain Utilization Division, we work to understand the value of mountainous regions’ various resources (living organisms, forests, topography and geography, space, water, etc.), and through effective and sustainable activities involving these resources, we conduct educational research with the aim of contributing to the development of local societies and mountain communities. This division is characterized by its dual approach from both a natural science and social science perspective.

Regarding issues in the realm of the Natural Science, we are conducting research on the utilization of wood and the development of processing techniques and new uses for biological resources in mountainous regions along with the effects of agricultural pests. For example, this would include research on the characteristics and applications of wooden materials treated with different processing methods, such as compressed wood or heat-treated wood. In the realm of Social Science issues, we analyze the development process of sightseeing and tourism in mountainous regions and compare and analyze cases overseas, measure the economic effects forest therapy businesses bring to local communities, research forestry management and measures to train forestry laborers and their effects, consider the structure of the continuous bamboo forest development project, and other research with the aim of developing mountain communities and resolving issues.

We approach our educational research activities with a multi-faceted perspective so that they can lead to environmental improvement and economic development in mountainous regions.

Wood Utilization and Processing Techniques

  • The soundboard on grand harps are reinforced with carbon fiber.
    The soundboard on grand harps are reinforced with carbon fiber.
  • Recorders that use the waste from tangerines.
    Recorders that use the waste from tangerines.
  • Lightweight, durable wood-based cardboard
    Lightweight, durable wood-based cardboard
  • Soft but tough composite wooden beam
    Soft but tough composite wooden beam

Mountain Utilization Division
Cylindrical LVL made from cedar (substitute material for species that have been depleted to be used in wind instruments)

Analysis of the sightseeing and tourism development process in mountainous regions

  • Forest Therapy 1
    Forest Therapy 1
  • Forest Therapy 2
    Forest Therapy 2
  • Forest Therapy 3
    Forest Therapy 3
  • Bentos using locally-grown ingredients
    Bentos using locally-grown ingredients

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