日毎の一覧: 2008-03-22

Debito Talk


Debito-san in the ‘zone’

Kamesei Ryokan was proud to host a series of talks by Debito Arudo. This morning’s was sponsored by the Chikuma Int’l Cultural Exchange Assoc. Approximately 20 people attended and heard about how Japan’s population is becoming more international, and some of the dynamics that are resulting. On one hand, foreigners are increasingly contributing to Japan’s society and economy, bringing desired effects to offset Japan’s aging and shrinking population. On the other hand, foreigners are often villified in society.
In my own personal case, on one hand I am often complimented by people in town for working so hard to carry on the ryokan tradition here at Kamesei and my efforts to ‘enliven’ the town...

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Easter Egg Festival III


Happy Easter Egg Hunters

Our city’s Third Annual Easter Egg Festival was held today at the park along the Chikuma River in front of our onsen town, Togura-Kamiyamada. Despite Easter being early this year and running up against preschool graduations, we had 120 people turn out. There were lots of smiling children there, so it was a success in my book.
On a personal note, I was limited in how much I could participate this year, but thanks to all of the other volunteers, the event went relatively well. I proposed the event to the Chikuma Int’l Cultural Exchange Assoc. 3 years ago, and have been the Event Chairperson for all 3 years since then. However, all events need to be larger than any one individual to succeed...

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