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2019/10/28 08:00:00 Community Engagement Program: Kyotango Report

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Hello! My name is Haruna Shimoda. I'm a first-year student at the Department of Global Tourism Studies. Today, I am going to report on my experience of the Kyotango community engagement program. 

We worked in Kyotango from August 4rd to the 30th, with a total of 15 people taking part in the Kyotango program, including 3 men and 12 women. Kyotango is located in the northern part of Kyoto. It faces the Sea of Japan and is a place rich in nature. There are lots of fresh and delicious food with warm locals.

The first half of the stay was in the Yuhigaura area and the second half was in Kotohikihama area. In the first half, we were divided into four inns in Yuhigaura and had a business experience at the inns. In the second half, we were divided into three guest houses. There, we had a business experience at the guest houses and translated Japanese tourist information into English. In addition, we were divided into four groups and worked on each assignment. As we learned about the current situation and issues in Kyotango through prior learning, we created the food and sports tourism team, business-relocation team, inbound-hospitality team, and pet tourism team. While working at the inns and guest houses, we discovered each assignment and investigated it via four groups. On the last day, we reported the findings of the investigation and suggested a solution to the problem.

During our stay in Kyotango, we lived in a guest house. The first half was a guest house called Takii-so in the Yuhigaura area, and the second half was a guest house called Oe in the Kotohikihama area. Both were very close to the beach. The 3 men lived in a small room and the 12 women lived in a large room. We rented a kitchen at the guest house and cooked ourselves. We also received staff meals from the staff and presents from inns innkeepers and the locals. We did not have any problems with the food. Since there was a supermarket in the Yuhigaura area, we were able to go to there on foot. However, in Kotohikihama, there were not many supermarkets nearby, so, the hostess of the guest house drove us to the supermarket. We were also able to do laundry freely.

Besides the activities in the inns and guest houses, we enjoyed a marine sport called SUP a pleasure boat and cooking Bara-zushi. On During the holidays, we played in the sea, had a BBQ, and walked out by by the Tango railway. There was also a delicious gelato shop nearby.

Through the Kyotango program, I realized how hard it was to have things go as planned. We had checked the current status of Kyotango and understood it in advance; however, it was completely different from what we had expected. There were many things that I found out after actually living in Kyotango. They had also been many setbacks. However, I got to know how the locals feel about tourism. I have learned a lot and increased my knowledge. Above all, the people in Kyotango were really kind and cooperative in our activities. I have gained a lot from this experience and it has been a profound month for me.
  • We enjoyed SUP in Yuhigaura.
  • A part of our team members sold Tapioca drinks made in Kyotango.
  • We made presentations in front of locals on the last day in Kyotango.

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