On Saturday, November 13th, three third-year students of the Faculty of Global Engagement's Department of Global Tourism set up a booth at the Tango de Marché festival held in Kyotango City.
The students have already completed the Faculty of Global Engagement’s required course called the Community Engagement Program (CEP), which took place at Kyotango for the three of them. Their recent participation in the local festival was motivated by their love for the town. Here are their thoughts:
“As part of CEP, the three of us stayed in Kyotango for about a week during summer break. We had an in-depth learning experience there, and really fell in love with the food, the beautiful landscape, and the friendly community. We also got in touch with some of the locals who work there, felt their passion, and became very inspired.
We wanted to apply what we learned from CEP to hopefully be of some help to Kyotango—which is why we set up a booth at Tango de Marché.
We decided that we wanted to serve some “thoughtful” miso soup. Applying what we learned about food waste and organic farming, we cooked our soup from local produce and miso paste.
We also made a poster about these topics, listing the companies that cooperated with us in this project, as a way of getting our message across to as many people as possible by including a QR Code for customers to scan it with their smartphones.
Our booth was a success, and we served a total of 105 bowls of miso soup.
As we worked on this project—planning, preparing, and setting up our booth—we got a lot of support from a lot of people. We are very thankful, and we also feel truly honored to be working together with the people of Kyotango even after we completed our CEP.
We hope to continue to work on projects that showcase our passion, and those of the people of Kyotango.”
It seems like their project was truly a meaningful experience. The KUFS community also looks forward to their future endeavors.