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12/04/2008

The Autumn Harvesting Festival

081120_img_0040_low_2    This is a summarized report of the Village Revitalization Volunteering that was held for 3 days and 2 nights from the end of October to the beginning of November.

  There were nine participants this time. The volunteers prepared for village's “The Harvesting Festival”, which is the biggest event in the village of the year. They were under the instruction of the villagers, such as cleaning the site and cooking and making the signboards. In preparation for the festival, the volunteers had many opportunities to talk with the female villagers, especially more so than the usual Village Revitalization Volunteering sessions. The volunteers enjoyed working with the villagers.

At the festival, there were some programmes such as a presentation by the volunteers about the “Charm of Iketani ”. It was prepared by the volunteers themselves, and it is a play by a local theatre company and it is a talk-relay by concerned parties.  Everyone involved in Iketani in a variety of ways discussed issues seriously and enjoyably, and shared a wonderful time together.  The big banquet, which was attended by over 50 people in total, and it became memorable event for both the volunteers and the villagers.

This year JEN will organize “SNOW BUSTERS” again, Click here to apply.

December 4, 2008 in Niigata |