第一日目、ガイダンスと地域ツアーの前半を実施しました! DAY 1, the first half of the guidance and regional tour were held!


The agenda for the first day includes guidance, a tour of the Sogatani River Kasumitei and Hozugawa Waterfront Park area, and a visit to the Kawahigashi area!


The first guidance was held at the “Open Atelier” on the first basement floor of City Hall.
This is Kameoka City’s original place for all citizens where not only can eat, but anyone can work, discuss, and even children can play.  Therefore, the  meeting was held open to public.

Mr.Shinobe, Director of the Kameoka City Community Development Promotion Department, gave the opening greeting.

Prof. Steffen Nijhuis also gave greeting to the participants.

After the guidance, we boarded the bus and departed for the tour.
First, we are observing the Kasumitei of the Sogatani River from the park on the north side of Sanga Stadium in front of the station.

Students looking into the river and listening to an explanation of the “rubber dam.”
It is a movable dam that operates in order to preserve the habitat of the Ayumodoki, which is important for breeding as the water level rises and falls.

Lunch was served at Hekitei, a samurai house restaurant that has stood the test of time for more than 300 years. In addition to the food, the mansion and the garden viewed from there were beautiful, and all the participating students were impressed. It is saddening to hear that this wonderful restaurant will be closed this year, but all of us sincerely hope that its preservation and utilization will continue to progress in an even more positive manner in the future.

Enter the Yawaragi-no-Michi path, pass through Sakura Park, and visit the reservoir.

In the second half, the students were divided into two groups and alternated between touring the farmlands and villages in the Kawahigashi area and the Amane River, and experiencing making Japanese sweets by a Japanese sweets artisan using the local specialty, “Azuki” and experiencing matcha tea. In addition to paddy fields, Kameoka is also a thriving producer of azuki beans, which are useful in Japanese sweets, and beer barley.

農事組合法人河原林 ・加藤さんに地域の農業について解説していただいています。
Agricultural Cooperative Corporation Kawarabayashi – Mr. Kato explains about local agriculture. Regarding the “rice field dam”, it was explained that it is very time-consuming for local farmers, and at the same time, it is not only a cost issue, but since it is downstream that the farmers think would get the benefit for that, it is difficult for them to get motivated to do it. The students also learned about such complexity behind the issue.
Amid the major changes of climate change, the concept of “rice field dams that protect the safety of the region itself” is likely to become important.

Tour the Kawarabayashi village with commentary from Kameoka City Cultural Museum curator Asukai.
In addition to various efforts being made to manage the water that flows in various forms from the mountains, there were also incidents related to water and safety that were not easy in the area.

We are touring the Tenge River and the land lock. What appears to be a large excavation is the remains of recent excavation of the river bed of the Tengawa River, which was a threat to the area.

This was the students’ first experience making Japanese sweets at 「Azuki-no-Sato」.

Thanks to the teaching, We did much better than we expected!


After this, we returned to City Hall and were picked up by the farmer’s inn where each of us will stay, thus concluding today’s itinerary.

We would like to thank everyone at City Hall, Mr. Kato, Ms. Asukai, and “Azuki-no-Sato” for their careful explanations, and “Heki-Tei” for preparing a wonderful lunch.

Thanks to all students who participated in the tour as well!