Here’s What To Expect At Organic Lifestyle Expo 2018
Japan's Organic Wonderland Is Back!
Whether you're looking for organic groceries, skincare products, pet goods, new fashion items, or simply want to familiarize yourself with what's available on the market, this two-day event is worth every minute of your time.
Last year, the now annual (since 2016) Organic Lifestyle Expo ended with a massive success, having brought together nearly 23,000 buyers, traders, producers and regular user of various organic lifestyle products. The event had 246 booths covering everything from organic food ingredients to delicious chocolates and sweets, to ethical organic fashion, cosmetics and even interior design, offering visitors the chance to purchase whatever they fancy on the spot. This year, the event is back for the third consecutive year and it looks like it’ll be even more powerful.
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Organized by the Organic Forum Japan in cooperation with the Japanese government and the prominent organic organizations, Food Trust Project, Global Organic Network and Lohas World, OLE, to be held at the Tokyo International Forum on September 22 and 23, displays the latest trends on Japan’s organic market and covers a wide range of products and necessities for daily life, including food and beverages, body care, ethical organic cosmetics, textiles, household goods and much more. Visitors can also learn about the latest international organic movements and gather information through workshops, seminars, events and display booths.
As in the past two times, the Expo will be divided into eleven main categories, represented by nearly 250 exhibitors and booths. There will also be special spotlight exhibitions, workshops and seminars. Here’s what to expect at each display section.
Taste: Organic Food, Alcohol, Sweets And More
The largest section of the event, here visitors can taste and buy the latest food products on the organic market, including fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, processed food and beverages, and alcohol. Cooking and kitchen utensils will also be displayed and a variety of products will be on sale. There will be over 50 booths selling all kinds of goodies, so come with a rather larger bag! Also, make sure you don’t miss the Organic Beer Stand, too!
Savvy’s to-check brand list: Floresta (organic donuts), Maruya Hatcho Miso (high-quality organic miso), Saito Ham (farm to table ham and sausages), Why Juice? (detox juice for all purposes), Daabon Organic Japan (instant coffee, shortening, bananas), AFRICANSQUARE (African food ingredients, chocolate, honey), Paradise Beer Factory (Beer!), Alishan (food, veggie meat, snacks, jam)
Nurture: Plants, Gardening, Baby Products
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This section introduces various products related to gardening and childcare, such as seeds, planters, foliage plants and equipment, additive-free baby food, baby care, tableware, toys, bedding and childcare goods, dietary products, maternity products, pet food, supplies, and services.
Savvy’s to-check brand list: Yokohama Wood by TomatoBake (wooden tableware), Wannohana (organic pet food and products)
Wear: Organic Cotton, Accessories, Fashion
Apparel, fashion accessories, and related brands will be displaying organic textiles and various ethical and miscellaneous goods. You’ll find a great selection of elegant, stylish and comfortable pret-a-porter clothes and accessories here at reasonable prices. Also here you’ll see a special display of selected eco-friendly and ethical fashion under the title Ethical Fashion World.
Savvy’s to-check brand list: Haku Tottori Japan (towels, organic cotton), Veganie (Bags, Stoles, Accessories), Sulci (Maternity, Baby goods)
Care: Beauty, Cosmetics, Skincare Products
This section, which this year has been greatly expanded, is organized under one basic principle: that you wouldn’t put anything on your face and body that you wouldn’t eat. Find plenty of organic makeup and skincare products, body and hair products, hand creams, oral care products and more in this category. From yuzu (Japanese citrus)-made cosmetics from southern Japan to imported brands, this section is one of the most popular and exciting stops by at the event.
Savvy’s to-check brand list: Savvoniere (soaps), Sisi Fille (organic cotton sanitary pads), Hamoc (handmade organic cosmetics), Supmile (organic skincare products), AromaFrance (aroma goods), Yuragi Style (Yuzu skincare cosmetics), Maki’s Candle and Cosmetics (aroma candles)
Heal: Self-care, Wellness, Aroma Goods
Learn about various alternative medicine options, self-care, and wellness, including organic aroma, yoga, exercise options and therapy, homeopathy, ayurveda — and plenty of organic teas.
Savvy’s to-check brand list: Hidamarido (body warm up goods)
Live: Everyday life good and utensils
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Did you know that the concept of a truly organic lifestyle spreads as far as the table you eat on and the chairs you sit in? Find furniture, housing and cleaning products, washing supplies, energy saving devices, DIY, bedding and massage goods and much more.
Savvy’s to-check brand list: Stasher (organic storage goods), Crayonhouse (books, cosmetics, food, clothes, toys, baby goods), Portierra (baby wear, leather goods), Shellista (sanitization deodorant powder, pet sanitation spray)
Protect & Sustainable: Tips From Experts
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Learn from experts about ways we can protect the environment and revitalize rural areas using organic sustainability. The “Sustainable” category introduces ideas for urban planning and rural revitalization through projects such as green buildings, eco-offices, and roof greening. Visitors will also hear about projects related to the Tokyo Olympics and athletes’ villages.
Learn & Find: Information, Database, Advise
If you’ve ever considered becoming a Bio Analyst or Vegetable and Fruit Meister, you’ll find plenty of information on training courses about natural and organic topics at the “Learn” booths at the event, while the “Find” section lets visitors search for various information on topics such as organic restaurants, stores, brands and websites concerning organic lifestyle throughout Japan.
Farmers’ Market: Fresh Produce
One of the most exciting sections of the expo, here you can find fresh, fully organic and many different veggies and fruits that your supermarket doesn’t necessarily have. Exhibitors include local farms, agencies, and organizations from across Japan bringing fresh and safe products from farms to tables.
Aside from the regular booths, there will also be seminars and workshops on various topics, most of which unfortunately will be conducted in Japanese. An organic flower workshop (¥1,000 charge) on Sept. 22 from 3:30 p.m., however, is worth checking out if you’re into gardening and ikebana!
With so much to offer and so many products to taste and bring back home, the Organic Lifestyle Expo is your one-stop shop for everything organic and natural. If you enjoy an organic lifestyle or are simply looking to gain more knowledge on the topic and improve your health regimes, visit this event. You’ll find a lot more than you expect!