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Harvesting of the GOHRIKI in Project for Producing Brewer’s Rice


 The Tottori University, established in 1949, celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019. At the University, a number of projects have been planned to commemorate the 70th anniversary, one of which is a student participatory “Program to support campus activism” designed to launch a project for brewers’ rice production to brew the commemorative Sake, thereby providing students with practical training experiences.

 In the project for brewer’s rice production, as part of student practical training at the Field Science Center, Faculty of Agriculture, students are trying to grow and produce, without using agrichemicals and chemical fertilizers, the "GOHRIKI" brand of rice specifically nurtured and succeeded by the University with care. Using the "Non-herbicide cultivation of paddy by mulching recycled paper " that our university developed, instead of using herbicide, for weed suppression, it was grown by means of mechanical transplantation. The rice was planted in the rice field in May 2018, and grew to have excellent ears in spite of the stormy wind and rain of the typhoons that came one after another. Now it is time to harvest it.

 On 15 October 2018, students on a crop and livestock team in the training of biological product science harvested the "GOHRIKI" brand of rice under the guidance of teachers and technical staff at Field Science Center of the Agricultural Department in cooperation with Mitsubishi Mahindra Agricultural Machinery Company Limited. Students participating in this practical training expressed these views: "I drove a combine for the first time, but I was able to harvest a lot faster than I would manually." "I can't wait for the completion of production of the commemorative Sake."

 Prof. Takeshi YAMAGUCHI of the Field Science Center, Faculty of Agriculture said, "Hot days continued this summer, and typhoons approached twice. These things had me worried every day, but I am relieved now that the harvest time has come at last. The rice has big grains, so I pray it will make good sake." He commented on the students, "It is important for students to experience through practical training. After this training, I want them to visit sake breweries to observe the production of sake and learn how sake is made."


A certificate award ceremony of the Gogaku-kyoka course was held.


 Successful participants of this semester’s Gogaku-kyoka course received completion certificates from Prof. Yasunobu, Director of the Center for International Affairs, on Tuesday, 31st July 2018.

 The Gogaku-kyoka course is a supplemental language skill development course offered every semester at the Center for International Affairs with the objective of improving practical language skills of students before they participate in overseas study programs or maintaining their language skills after attending overseas programs. This semester, five English classes (advanced level, intermediate level I/II and beginner level I/II) and one Spanish class (elementary level) were offered twice a week from 14th May to 27th July. Most of the classes were taught by native language instructors and students were evaluated based on their attendance, class activity and performance on mid-term and final exams. 84 students who got passing marks were awarded certificates.

 After awarding the certificates, Prof. Yasunobu praised the awardees for making time out of their busy schedules to participate in this non-credit supplemental language course and successfully complete it and advised them to keep on improving their language skills by attending higher level classes in the next semester and beyond so as to achieve TOEIC score of 700 before graduation. Some of the awardees were asked to give their opinions about the classes they have attended and said “At the beginning, I had difficulty of understanding what the teacher said but got used as the class progressed”, “The class was a wonderful opportunity to practice listening and speaking English”; “I am not sure if my English skill has improved significantly, but I did enjoy the class”; “The Spanish class was interesting because we had two teachers and we were able to learn the difference in the language our teachers spoke”. Asked for any idea to further improve the gogaku-kyoka classes, one awardee suggested the use of pictures and video materials and incorporating the study of foreign cultures into the language classes.

 Most of the students who received completion certificates are taking part in one of the Global Gateway Programs of Tottori University this summer, including the Overseas Practical Education Program in Mexico and language training programs in Canada and Malaysia.