August 1st through the 7th, working as a staff member at Toshiba Youth Conference for a Sustainable Future 2009, sponsored by Toshiba and organized by BeGood Cafe, the event organizer that organizes the International Ecovillage Conference in Tokyo each year. As a part of the Youth Conference, high school students and teachers from Thailand, Poland, the US, and Japan gather for one week to discuss environmental issues. This years theme is "Halve CO2 Emissions by 2050 - Achieving the Best Mix of Energy Resources". Today we visited the former residence of Mikio Mizuta (1905-1976), founder of Josai International University and Japanese ｐolitician. The residence was built 150 years ago and is a well preserved example of Edo era architecture. We then visited 大山千米田 Oyamasenmaida in Kamogawa City, Chiba Prefecture. Oyamasenmaida consists of roughly 250 terraced rice paddies (pictured above).