2019 Spring Intensive Program – Passion, Created #Iwate #Otsuchi #Kamaishi #Horaikan
This February, 37 Students from Korea University, Peking University and Waseda University gathered as a team of CAMPUS Asia and had an opportunity to propose and express socially innovative solutions through a creative way.
CAMPUS Asia Spring Intensive Program was conducted for eight days (9th-16th February), including 3 days of fieldwork in Iwate prefecture. This is the second time for the CAMPUS Asia intensive program under a theme of “Social Innovation,” guided by professor Umemori and professor Koyama of Waseda University.
2019 Spring Intensive Program participants after meeting representatives of Kirikiri-Koku(吉里吉里国), a local NPO, and experiencing wood-chopping activity
As a fieldwork, the students visited two communities affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake — Otsuchi Town (Kamihei District) and Kamaishi City in Iwate prefecture — and learned the current situation of reconstruction. Talking with residents such as NGO representatives, hotel workers and high school students, they could get real feelings of the impact by the disaster and realize how people of the communities interpret their experience and future. In addition, the students also met local business persons and had a session discussing innovative solutions to dealing with remaining social tasks in the region.
2019 Spring Intensive Program participants at Horaikan, Kamaishi City, after listening to Jinku(甚句) about the disaster and reconstruction in the local community
After coming back to the Waseda campus, the participants practiced a special way to apply their experiences and feelings. Led by Mr. Toshimitsu Kokido, a professional artist, they learned theatrical method with several activities to concentrate on inner emotion. The students tried to apply it as a preparation for delivering their final presentation, rather than using a typical speech format.
2019 Spring Intensive Program participants learning theatrical expression method by doing activities
At the final session held on 16th March, 37 students were divided by 5 groups to show their own unique ideas which bloomed during their fieldwork: What they heard from the local people; how they translated the trace of disaster by mixing with their own experience; and how they can help the post-disaster communities to be re-constructed. The fact that it was conducted with theatrical form involving skits and videos made their performance more creative and outstanding than regular speech-based presentation format.
2019 Spring Intensive Program participants performing at the final session, applying theatrical expression method
This spring intensive program also caught attention from the media, as being a remarkable trial to gather members of East Asia and solve social problems together. Excellent works of the program participants are reported by articles by Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Asia Business Institute.