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@Overview 

@In the 20th century, technology and the global economy developed enormously. On the other hand, in many societies, the population aged as the birth rate declined and, in the natural world, environmental pollution worsened. In the 21st century, moreover, the same situation has continued. Thus, the imbalances in society and in nature are growing, people are suffering stress in both body and mind, and room to enjoy a life worth living is steadily being lost. In response, the Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences, Chiba University, was founded in April 2003. Based on the theme of gliving in health,h the Center has been created as a place for teaching and researching Oriental medicine, environmental health sciences, and environmental horticulture. Diverse activities are conducted here for various purposes: creating knowledge and educating talented individuals; providing, together with the regional community, a practical place for healing body and mind; and contributing to the betterment of society.


@Organization 

@The Center was founded in April 2003 with 15 academic members specializing in the Center activities and about 55 associate academic members belonging to various faculties within Chiba University, and now organized with 19 academic members. The Center was originated from the farm that had been affiliated with Faculty of Horticulture. The Center has two branch stations located in Shizuoka and Gunma Prefectures.
  In the Center, the Kashiwanoha Kampo Clinic was started on June 2004 to provide medical treatment harmonized with nature -mainly Kampo (Japanese traditional medicine) or Oriental medicine treatment. Kashiwanoha Acupuncture Clinic was also started on November 2006 to provide treatment using acupuncture and moxibustion in the shopping center near the Center.
  The Center is located 400 m apart from Kashiwanoha Campus Station, in Kashiwa city, of Tsukuba Express Railway, which has been opened in August 2005. Thus, the visitors can reach the Center within half an hour by train from Tokyo and Tsukuba Center Railway Stations. The Center is also located 10 minutes away by car from Kashiwa Interchange of Joban Highway.


@Missions

Mission of the Center is to promote co-operative research and educational activities:

  1. For creating urban environments where people, especially children, aged and/or handicapped persons, can enjoy their life with peaceful feelings and positive action.

  2. For creating symbiotic societies, in a broad sense, with respect to health, welfare, care, education and bio-production, based on a concept of 'Kampo' or oriental medicine and philosophy unifying the mind with body into one, in co-operation with various institutions and industries.

  3. For creating various systems for production, material and energy recycling, resource saving and environment conservation with full use of biological abilities of self-organization, self-reproduction and self-remediation, and for creating symbiotic social systems with full use of human abilities of self-reflection and synergy.

  4. For training young researchers and social leaders based upon the education programs developed by the Center in co-operation with other institutions.


@Activities
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Chiba University Association for Research in Sustainable Science
In CARSS, sustainability science as regards food and health is studied in cooperation with, among  others, the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), an institution centered at the University of Tokyo. At present, empirical research using the Kashiwanoha Campus and the surrounding area as a model is being conducted on two projects, gClosed Systems with Artificial Light for Plant Productionh and the gChemiless? Town Project.h

Chemiless Town Project
gSick house syndromeh, a series of symptoms such as headache, dizziness, and fatigue has been a problem in recent years. The syndrome is reported to be caused by volatile chemicals from building materials, furniture or electrical appliances. In this project, laboratory houses that have been built with as few chemicals as possible will be used, and people who have the syndrome will stay in the laboratory houses for a short term to find out whether the cause of the syndrome is the house. Also, interior materials and furniture that do not cause the syndrome will be studied.

Closed Systems with Artificial Light for Plant Production
It is reported that horticultural plants can be efficiently produced in a closed system with minimal resources including electric energy, water and carbon dioxide, because of sufficient light for the plant photosynthesis provided by artificial lamps (e.g., fluorescent lamps) and its airtight structure. Through managing and operating the system, the Center is seeking to advance agricultural and horticultural education and to produce safe, secure, high-quality, and useful plants.

Therapeutic Effects of Nature
Five million years have passed since human beings evolved. Moreover, 99.99% of that time was spent in natural environments. Thus, although we now live in an artificial environment, our bodies are adapted to nature. Accordingly, when we come in contact with natural environments as represented by the therapeutic effects of forests and horticultural therapeutic effects, we relax. The purposes of this project are to elucidate this phenomenon using activity indicators such as the brain, the autonomic nerves, internal secretions, and immunity and to clarify the various aspects of the correspondence between humans and the natural environment.

Human Health Science Project
In Oriental medicine, food and medicine are said to originate from the same source. From this viewpoint, yakuzen (medicinal cooking in Oriental medicine) is considered to be of the utmost importance. Based on the concept of holistic medicine wherein mind and body are regarded as unified, this project fosters the gsame source for medicine/food/ agricultureh view of health, according to which agriculture is approached in terms of the environment as well as work. Through conducting research on using health-functional plants, this project aims to improve peoplefs quality of life (QOL) .

Horticultural Therapy Project
Aiming to create a sustainable regional society through the therapeutic and spiritually enriching use of horticultural work, the Center, together with various departments inside the university and with welfare facilities, hospitals and other organizations outside the university, conducts research-mainly in the areas of measuring the effects that horticultural work has on body and mind, developing effective work programs based on evidence, and developing safe, easy-to-use equipment and facilities-and puts the results into practice.

Rooftop Greening and Wall Greening
Rooftop greening and wall greening have attracted attention as a means of alleviating the heat island phenomenon in cities. However, not much attention has been paid to the types of plants that are planted in rooftop flowerbeds and on walls. The Center conducts research on methods of greening that increase heat insulation in summer and heat retention in winter and are suitable for the regional environment, while also retaining an ornamental appearance. Studies are conducted with regard to discovering types of plants and creating urban environments that will not only provide greater physical benefits, but will also beneficially affect the human spirit.

Community Sports Project
Aiming to improve communication through experiential learning (play and sports) and adventure education, to study methods of doing so, and to form a community with sports at its core, the Center regularly holds, at Lalaport and in Kashiwanoha, classes and participatory events designed for sharing the wide-ranging pleasures and educational benefits of free climbing.

Technical Education and Training
At the urban horticultural farm (17 ha) inside the city-based Kashiwanoha Campus, at a sylvan horticultural farm (7 ha) situated in a cold upland area (Numata City, Gunma Prefecture), and at a seaside horticultural farm (5 ha) located in a warm area (Higashi-Izucho (Atagawa), Shizuoka Prefecture), primarily technical and educational staff use each locationfs distinctive climate and facilities to conduct technical education and training for a wide range of people, from students and adult members of society to trainees from overseas.

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@Service
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Agro-Products Shop (Mirakuru)
Seasonal agricultural products (vegetables, fruit, flowering plants, etc.) harvested in student training on the Centerfs three farms, as well as processed goods such as jams and miso, are sold at this agro-products shop. These products are extremely popular not only with local residents but also with visitors to the Center. Many sell out within 20 minutes of going on sale. Please be sure to stop by when visiting the Center.
  Hours: Weekdays (except holidays) 13:00-16:00


Kashiwanoha Kampo Clinic
The Kashiwanoha Kampo Clinic provides medical treatment harmonized with nature -mainly Kampo (Japanese traditional medicine) treatment that is geared to each individualfs physical constitution and improves the bodyfs overall balance. The aim is not only to treat illness but also to improve patientsf quality of life. Moreover, diagnosis and treatment are actively conducted for mibyou: the disease-oriented status of an individual who is in poor condition but not ill yet.
  Hours: Weekdays (except holidays) 9:00-12:00, 13:30-16:30
  Phone: +81-4-7137-8471

Kashiwanoha Acupuncture Clinic
Using acupuncture and moxibustion, this clinic provides treatment that improves the bodyfs blood circulation and relieves localized problems such as pain and stiffness. Indefinite complaints such as languor and fatigue are also treated by gentle methods that do not burden the body. The treatment rooms are bright and contain a dressing room partitioned off by a curtain, where the patient can change into a robe for treatment. Moreover, all used needles are discarded, so treatment can be undertaken with peace of mind.
  Hours: 10:00-12:00, 14:00-18:00 Closed: Wednesdays, Sundays, holidays
  Phone: +81-4-7168-1762


Environmental Medicine Clinic
Scheduled to open in 2008, this clinic will provide medical consultation about the effects of chemical pollution on human health, and measure the pollutants such as PCBs or heavy metals in blood. Moreover, using laboratory houses that are built with as few chemicals as possible, patients with sick house syndrome can try to improve the symptoms. The clinic will play an important role to establish the new concept of gEnvironmental Preventive Medicine focusing on future generations.h


High-Technology Transplant Production Systems
This is the first such system to be introduced into a Japanese university. It conducts education and research on how to create and maintain environments in which vegetable seedlings and flower seedlings can be grown in abundance; on reducing the costs of raising seedlings and planting; and on stabilizing and improving the technology used in raising seedlings. Through practical education, students can learn not just about production technology but also about distribution technology and sales. The purpose is to cultivate talented individuals with practical abilities, including advanced technical knowledge.

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Tel. +81-4-
7134-8000  Fax. +81-4-7134-8008
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