Getting along with Japanese Neighbors with Gifts

Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media
Published in
3 min readMar 14, 2024

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No later than last night, I took part in the economic exchange known as bartering.

In the Japanese countryside, exchanging goods between neighbors or members of the same community is very common. People produce all sorts of products in their gardens. Exchanging fruits and vegetables with each other is a convenient way to prevent spoilage, diversify your food intake, and keep good…

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Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media

Living in Japan since 2011. I love interviewing inspiring people.