The Japan Solar Cooking Association was founded in 2005 to promote solar cooking in Japan and overseas, by providing information on many types of solar cookers, and their construction and operation. This effort has also included information on the newly manufactured Japanese Parabolics.
JSCA often holds workshops to teach people how to make and use solar cookers, and participates in a number of ecological fairs demonstrating solar cooking. They have taught approximately one thousand people to solar cook, and about forty to be solar cooking teachers, working in Japan and Kenya.
News and recent development
- October 2012: The Japan Solar Cooking Association participated in "Paul Rusch Festival Yatsugatake County Fair" held October 13th and 14th in Yamanashi Pref. Japan. We exhibited many types of solar cookers, manufactured and handmade, and demonstrated cooking. Many visitors enjoyed solar baked sweet potatoes, cakes, cookies and popcorn. This area is known as the sunniest in Japan, so people here are interested in using solar energy. We have been participating this annual event for the last four years.
- June 2012: JSCA participated in "Eco Life Fair 2012" held on June 2nd and 3rd at Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo. The fair was sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment, and was attended by 66,000 visitors. We exhibited many types of solar cookers and demonstrated solar cooking in the "Solar Zone" created for the first time this year. We cooked rice, made popcorn, and baked cakes and cookies.
- May 2012: The Japan Solar Cooking Association participated in "Jambo! Kiyosato Tanzania Village" held May 3rd through the 5th, and hosted by the Educational Experiment Project in Kiyosato, Yamanashi Pref. The event introduced nature and culture of Tanzania with movies and craft shops. Since we have been promoting solar cookers in Tanzania for several years, we exhibited solar cookers and demonstrated solar cooking in the village.
- October 2011: Two members of Japan Solar Cooking Association, Yasuko Torii and Toyoko Nishikawa visited 5 villages around Kitulo National Park located in the south western part of Tanzania to promote solar cooking. This was the fourth visit since January 2008. They exhibited parabolic cookers, handmade box and panel type cookers and demonstrated cooking at October Mpeto Festival 2011 held on October 2 in Matamba town. Many visitors watched and enjoyed tasting solar baked cakes and popcorn.
- June-July 2010: JSCA participated in Renewable Energy 2010 International Exhibition held in Yokohama, Japan exhibiting twenty solar cookers, and other handmade and commercial products.
- September 2009: Two JSCA members visited four villages in Kitulo National Park, Tanzania to promote solar cooking. They also held workshops for building energy efficient wood cook stoves using bricks and clay.
- January and September 2008: Two members went to Kitulo National Park, Tanzania to hold workshops to teach villagers how to make and use solar cookers.