The students of the Faculty of Global Engagement’s Department of Global Tourism present travel plans and promotional videos with Taiwanese student on Monday, December 20th, as part of their Community Engagement Program.
With cooperation by STA Travel, twenty students were divided into two teams: “Shikoku” and “Online”. Furthermore, because there’s a station named “松山 (Matsuyama in Japan, Songshan in Taiwan)” in both countries, the project received support from JR Shikoku and the Taiwan Railways Administration, since they have concluded a friendship agreement, as well as West Japan Marketing Communications, EVA Air and Sanpu Travel Service. During a period of four weeks, students conducted online exchanges with students in Taiwan, visited locations for field work, and filmed and edited their videos. Their travel plans were full of ideas that may attract people of all ages, including visiting real-life anime and movie locations as well as girls’ trips. During the presentation, the students in Taiwan who are learning Japanese also presented their own travel plans that they came up with.
The presentation was attended by Mr. Chen, Director of the Taiwan Visitors Association Osaka Office. Listening to the students present, he kindly expressed gratitude “Thank you for letting us know what young people are interested in while traveling” and also gave some professional advice “The promotional video could be better if it introduces local communities.”
Lastly, Professor Yuichi Hirooka of the Faculty of Global Engagement who teaches this program congratulated the students: “Remember the experiences you gained through this project, and I hope that you will never stop taking up challenges.”
Comments among the students included “By visiting the actual locations, we discovered some attractive aspects that even locals didn’t realize” and “The videos that were made from a college student standpoint felt really genuine and made me want to visit Taiwan.”