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2022/03/16 12:30:00 "Spin the Hope, Gems from Waste," sampai makes a big impact locally to traditional crafts and local business

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  • Posted byManami Miyatake, 4-year student, Department of Global Studies
On March 3rd, the SDGs ACTION AWARDS 2022 was held by The Asahi Shimbun. "sampai" - an organization focused on upcycling and encouraging local craft projects - participated as a finalist. The action award competition included 75 participants and ideas from Japan and 12 ideas were selected as finalists. sampai received the "audience award" which was based on audience votes and feedback. As a co-founder and on behalf of the sampai team, we are greatly honored.
What do we do at "sampai"? Why is sampai important? How does sampai work?
sampai launched on June 14, 2021 during the COVID-19 situation by Ruka Sasaki and me. We are both students in the Department of Global Studies (DGS). Our team also has members from outside the university.

Briefly, sampai designs and creates unique accessories from scraps of traditional craftworks from local businesses around the Nishijin area in Kamigyo ward, Kyoto. Usually, these scraps are put in the trash because they are small, just a piece, a different shape or color and hard to use in products at a studio. That creates a lot of waste. Yet, sampai’s brand is much more than reducing waste and selling upcycled accessories. An important part of our mission is to educate consumers about the craftsmen and traditional craftworks and how hard it is to produce their beautiful products and re-imagine new ones.

sampai tells consumers the story…behind the story of the products. That is, while we sell the products, we make “the behind story” more visible to consumers and add value by telling their unique story on social media. The movement toward knowing the story and buying a product is needed for our daily life to reduce waste, over consumption or fast fashion and, very importantly, to connect the customer more deeply to the product and the community.

We use our global knowledge and a wide variety of skills to better understand and address issues that provide innovative solutions that local craftsmen and communities can use to overcome some of their challenges. We believe and encourage all DGS students to “think globally and act locally” to support their local community with their knowledge, skills and actions. In fact, by embracing a “changemaker” mindset, together there are many contributions we can make to improve the local community and industry as well as live and work more sustainably.

Our Future and Yours
We, the sampai team will keep working to positively impact the Nishijin and local areas with our creativity and knowledge. And, to all students who read this blog, please remember that it is fine to look at foreign issues but also take time and consider carefully issues of national and local importance – including Kyoto city or your hometown. Surely, there are many opportunities to support impactful local, and national issues with your time, talent and global awareness and knowledge. sampai is an example that even during difficult times, such as those created by the Covid 19 restrictions, we can be a bridge between international and local. We can be changemakers.

To Learn more about sampai or contact us…
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sampai.store
Video (Use CC for English subtitles): https://youtu.be/KmyNmqVAPdg
DM or Email: tano.co.creation@gmail.com

2022/02/14 13:50:00 Experiential Learning and “A Zero Waste Life”

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  • Posted byBiei Motoki. 2-year student in the Department of Global Studies
Hello, my name is Biei Motoki. I'm a second-year student in the Department of Global Studies from Sapporo, Japan.

I'd like to tell you about a great experience I had learning about a "Zero Waste" lifestyle and the Totoya Zero Waste Store in Kyoto as fieldwork for my Community Engagement Project class.

Totoya is truly the most beautiful supermarket I’ve ever been to. There was no sight of packaging nor single-use plastics and that leaves more space for various kinds of food than I’d expected. Shopping there made me feel like I joined their community and contributed to making the planet a better place all together. The best part was its warm atmosphere. You’ll feel welcomed and connected to the staff, and even the other customers. Satisfaction is probably the biggest reason why I loved Totoya. I highly recommend going there to take your first step to a better future. To learn more about a Zero Waste lifestyle and Totoya Zero Waste Store, please read the article:

2021/12/13 13:20:00 Community Engagement and Having Fun with Cats!

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  • Posted byMuhammad Vigo Firdaus, Global Studies 1st year student

Family pets, such as cats and dogs, often play a big part in enriching our daily lives. Recently, I had a fun, educational and enriching experience as a volunteer at the Japan Cat Network (JCN). https://japancatnetwork.org/

Ever since I was young, I always wanted a pet cat; however, I was overruled by my sister and parents. So, my dream came true when I recently served at JCN. During volunteer experience, I learned how to properly treat and handle cats, feed cats as well as clean cages and litterboxes. By far though, my favorite part was how to socialize with the cats and gain their trust through playing games and giving them snacks.

With several friends, we were also able to play with the kittens in the nursery. Unlike the larger grown cats, these kittens were very friendly – even clingy - towards humans. We laughed a lot and had a lot of fun as naturally we realized we could never have this type of “hands on” experience in a pet store.

Also, we learned that grown cats, and perhaps grown animals, are not viewed favorably in Japan as pets. That seemed to make sense as I had rarely seen grown cats get adopted. Overall, as part of this community engagement project, we learned how to treat cats properly while also having a lot of fun. Also, on this day we’re blessed to coincidentally meet with animal rights activist Onishi Yui, the founder of PAWERS.

It was a very special and memorable day for sure. Finally, a big thank you to Luis and Susan at the Japan Cat Network for welcoming us so graciously and a special thanks to Prof. Kevin Ramsden for his suggestion and kind introduction to JCN and the world of cats in Japan.

2021/11/15 10:40:00 The “Business for Good” Competition at KUFS is on December 19, 2021

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  • Posted byKazuto Morishita, Global Studies 3rd year student
In 2019, the Hult Prize started at KUFS with the first on-campus program featuring 12 diverse student teams in a social entrepreneur business pitch competition.

Over the years, the Hult Prize business competition has served to launch Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-based start-ups from universities around the world by providing students with opportunities to re-think business from both an economic and social perspective. In fact, foreign media have referred to the Hult Prize as the “Nobel Prize for students.”

Yet, this year, the Hult Prize suspended the official competition. Nonetheless, the Hult Prize social entrepreneur business pitch competition remains highly relevant and of interest to students so enterprising KUFS students decided to host their own “Business for Good” pitch competition this year on December 19 at KUFS.

In preparation for the “Business for Good”pitch competition, student leaders have led information sessions and workshops in October. In a recent workshop, students imagined how to develop business ideas to solve social issues. As a result, students gained practical knowledge and experience and three student teams emerged. These three teams are now preparing for their final pitch competition at KUFS.

More workshops are planned for November and December to support participants in their preparation for the December 19th business pitch event. To learn more about the “Business for Good” competition, workshops and information sessions as well as KUFS student participation in past Hult Prize competitions, please visit us on the web!

Hult Prize KUFS Website: https://www.hultprizekufs.com/

Hult Prize KUFS Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hultprizekufs/

Hult Prize KUFS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hultkufs

2021/10/01 10:30:00 Ukyo Ward & KUFS “Ukyo Voices” project

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  • Posted byDepartment of Global Studies
The website is complete! — Ukyo Ward & KUFS “Ukyo Voices” project

Ukyo Ward and KUFS have been working together on the project "Ukyo Voices” since April, and the website has now been completed and released on today 10/1! Check out this link or use the QR code on the left to see this great website packed full of really interesting item about the people and places of Ukyo Ward.

This project was carried out to commemorate Ukyo ward’s 90th anniversary, with 15 students from the Eibei, Department of Global Tourism, the Global Studies Department and Gaidai Nishi High School participating. There are three main sections of the website and the students engaged in the following three activities:

[Interviewers (12 students)]
Interviewed 6 organizations and 6 individuals in Ukyo Ward in pairs, and wrote articles in Japanese and then translated them into English using Mirai Translator. The translation was checked by Japanese teachers and proofread by native-speaker teachers.

[Photographers (2 students)]
Visited various places in Ukyo Ward to take photos.

[Website production (2 students)]
Created the project website using Word Press. The website is completely bilingual in both Japanese and English.

Posters with the website link and QR codes are placed not only around the university but also in various places in Ukyo Ward. Please help us share the link and QR code of this blog or website so as many people as possible can enjoy it!
  • Ukyo Voices
  • QR Code

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