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International Students join “Tottori Shan Shan Festival’s Issei Kasa Odori (Full Participation Umbrella Dance)”


 On August 14, we took part in the 55th Tottori Shan Shan Festival as “Tottori University International Odoriko-tai (dance team)” by forming a ren (team) of 50 people (25 international students, 13 Japanese students, 5 community residents, and 7 faculty members).

 Since 2005, “Tottori University International Odoriko-tai” has been joining the festival every year. We practiced the dance by receiving guidance from a person of the Koyama Nishi Community Center from mid-June. This time, many Japanese students and international students, such as those who are scheduled to study abroad under the Tobitate! (Leap for Tomorrow) Study Abroad Initiative and those who will join an English seminar in Malaysia, took part in the actual dance in the festival after having practiced the dance twice a week (16 sessions in total) while having worked together and helped each other.

 On the day of the festival, as Typhoon No.10 was approaching, there was a possibility of the festival being canceled. However, as if their passion, “we want to dance!” had been heard, the students were able to continue dancing until the last of the festival, receiving warm applause from people alongside the streets. For international students, participation in the festival became one of their pleasant memories in Japan. Besides, we expect Japanese students who will study abroad from now to convey the attractiveness of Tottori globally through the traditional kasa-odori (umbrella dance).


We held beach cleanup activity with the university students from South Korea.


 From June 28th to July 6th, 2019, 14 students from South Korea, mainly from the Namseoul University, the school we have the academic exchange agreement with. We held "The 14th Marine Environment Discussion with Japanese and Korean Students Practice Program" (Host teacher: Associate Professor Kotaro Tagawa,Faculty of Agriculture).

 This time, we held activities such as understanding the current situation of the waif trash, beach cleanup, and the environmental seminar at the 300 kilometers long Sanin beach area including the beach of Miyazu city of Kyoto and Obama city of Fukui, in addition to the Tottori Sand Dunes beach, Kotoura Akasaki beach and Yonago Yumigahama beach.

  At Karo beach located close to the Tottori University, they collected microplastics, investigated and tried to understand the current pollution situation together with the students of Tottori University. At the beach close to the Tottori Sand Dunes, they did the beach cleanup with the volunteers from Tottori University students, Tottori city and the international exchange community. The attendees considered and discussed how the beach pollution issue due to the waif trash from their respective positions.