Description: This workcamp has been organized with the local group, “an executive committee of Light and Tradition festival” since 2011. Recently, aging and depopulation of the area is getting very serious as well as many other rural villages in Japan. They expect the workcamp to activate local traditional festivals related to Shintoism, which is Japanese traditional religion. This event is combined with 2 events called “Bamboo Lantern Festival” and "Gaku-uchi" which locals play Japanese drums and flute with walking around the village to wish for the productiveness of grain . Local people want us to know their traditional cultures to be succeeded to the next generation.
Type of Work: Volunteers will mainly prepare and join the local festival. Cut bamboos to make lanterns and some small tools to be used in the festival. Volunteers will also need to practice traditional(but easy) music in every evening with local people to play and walk around the village at the festival. Volunteers will also organize a program in the elementary school to promoting both inter-cultural learning and also the festival to the children.
Study Theme: You can get the knowledge about Japanese traditional festivals and customs.
Accommodation: In the local community center. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns.
Language: English (Japanese is also welcomed!)
Requirements: Interested in Japanese old culture, positive attitude to communication with local people
Approximate Location: Misato-cho located in the middle of the Shimane prefecture, famous for Iwami silver mine as a world heritage. There is hot spa, beautiful nature.
Notes: other activities: Japanese Shinto music and dance, home stay, lecture about traditional cultures.