Tottori University landscape photography

Brewing of 70th Anniversary Sake in Project for Producing Brewers’ Rice

Non-herbicide cultivation of paddy by mulching recycled paper

 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.

 On 28 May 2018, under supervision of the faculty members and technical staffs of the Field Science Center, Faculty of Agriculture, 17 junior students of the Faculty of Agriculture learned how to operate rice transplanters during their hands-on training of biological production class provided in cooperation with Mitsubishi Mahindra Agricultural Machinery Company Limited.

 The rice transplanters used this time allow planting rice seedlings to cultivate rice without using agrichemicals and chemical fertilizers in the agricultural method that inhibits growth of weeds by covering rice field surfaces with recycled paper in the “Non-herbicide cultivation of paddy by mulching recycled paper” developed technologically by the University. Also, the brewers’ rice thus cultivated use the GOHRIKI brand of rice specifically nurtured and succeeded by the University with care, for which the Tottori University joins all its achievements in supporting this project.

 Prof. Takeshi Yamaguchi of the Field Science Center, Faculty of Agriculture, has remarked that “it is significant that we conduct the project with the local brewers’ rice and technology that the University has nurtured and succeeded. Students who bear the future of agriculture are expected to acquire through their training process the techniques and knacks for cultivating brewers’ rice and adapting farming methods.” The students who learned how to operate rice transplanters commented on their experiences in labor-saving farming and mechanization that “At first, I was tense and nervous a little. It was quite moving to see how fast the rice transplanter could overlay the recycled paper and plant the seedlings at the same time, without requiring any manual labor.”

 In the future, the brewers’ rice cultivated is scheduled for harvesting in the autumn, and Sake brewing will be experienced in the Sake brewing project affiliated with breweries.

Students learned how to operate rice transplanters

Orientation was Held for New International Students

Participants of the orientation

 On 7 April 2018, the Center for International Affairs, Tottori University held an orientation for new international students, in which a total of 41 persons participated. The orientation is held in the spring and autumn, and this year the contents were revised as we moved the main venue to the Tottori Campus and fire drills, which were previously only carried out in autumn, were also conducted.

 International students that gathered at the Tottori University International House, which is a residential dormitory for foreign exchange students and researchers, participated in fire evacuation training followed by fire extinguishing and reporting drills under the guidance of the Koyama Fire Department. Thereafter, we moved to the university hall in the Tottori Campus and received explanations from the staff of the International Exchange Division and G-frenz (Global Friends which is support organization for students overseas) on "How to separate and dispose garbage" and learned through practical experience about how to separate garbage.

 The session continued with a traffic safety training course presented by the Tottori Police Station, where we learned the specifics of Japanese traffic rules and driving manners etc. With regards to riding bicycles that are used with the highest frequency, with the use of a simulator we experienced actual on-road bicycle riding conditions, and when unexpectedly difficult riding situations where displayed on the screen, the venue was immersed with laughter.

 In the afternoon, after receiving a welcome and words of encouragement from Professor Kumi Yasunobu, Director, Center for International Affairs, we learned about the Japanese language and rules upon living in Japan. After that, we were divided into three language groups (English, Chinese, Korean), and received information necessary for living in Tottori and explanations on residency status.

 Finally, we moved to the Tottori City International Exchange Plaza where the organization was introduced and explanations were provided by the staff about the exchange project sponsored by the Plaza, bringing an end to the one-day orientation.

Fire extinguishing