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3rd Inspection of Iwate Affected Area & Homestay Exchange (2019 Sep.)

Under the full cooperation of Fudai & Tanohata Villages in Iwate Prefecture, the Association for International Youth Exchanges will carry out this year again, the inspection of the affected areas of the Great East Japan earthquake and interaction of foreign students with the local Japanese people.
8 years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011. The Fudai & Tanohata villages of Iwate Prefecture were damaged by the earthquake disaster and is currently in the process of reconstruction. This project was planned to have as many people know the reality of the disaster and see the current situation. Not only the inspection of the affected areas, but we would like you to interact with the local people through home stay and various fun activities, and to experience Japanese life and culture.
The event will run by funds from Fudai & Tanohata Villages, so participant can have a valuable experience with the minimum participation fee. We look forward to participants who would like to actively interact with the local Japanese people!

See more Jan.2019 event pictures here!

See more Sep.2018 event pictures here!

             

Take a look at what “Inspection of Iwate Affected Area & Homestay Exchange” is!

  • The purpose is to interact with the people of Fudai & Tanohata villages in Iwate through various exchange events and homestay.
  • This event mainly runs by funds from Fudai & Tanohata Villages, so the participant fee is minimal.
  • During the inspection of the affected area, a local guide will explain to you in detail.
  • Lot’s of fun activities!
    ★Interact with the local people and enjoy meals together. The local people entertain you with delicious seafood, more than you can eat!
    ★Salmon net fishing experience: Catch fishes by setting up a net called tateami. You can actually experience out in the sea.
    ★Fish auction: Tour the fish and seafood “auction” in the market.
    ★Sappa boat cruise: Refreshing cruise in the Sappa boat (small fishing boat) operated by local fishermen. Viewing the 200m cliff from directly below is awesome! (According to the weather, it may change to a cruise on a cruise ship)
    ★Fisherman’s breakfast experience: You can only experience here, fresh and vigorous breakfast unique to fishermen.
    ★Kitayamazaki cliff tour:A dynamic coastal cliff is overlooked from a height of 200 meters. It received the highest rating in the “natural resource: coast” category of National Tourist Resource Evaluation by the Japan Travel Bureau Foundation.
    ★Japanese daily life & cultural experience:Experience daily life and local culture in each host family house.
    ※Please note that the activities may partially change due to weather or other reasons.
  • The accommodation on the first day is hotel Kurosakiso.The hotel boasts the hot spring overlooking the sea.
  • The second night is homestay! Let's actively interact with the family and help out with housework chores! (2 to 3 people will be accepted per host family)
  • Transportation: Round trip will be on the Tohoku-Shinkansen and a chartered bus in Iwate.

 

Schedule

9/27 Fri. 7:00am Gather at Tokyo Station

7:36am Tokyo (Shinkansen Hayabusa 3) === Ninohe(Bus)=== Kuji (Sanriku Railway) === Horinai (12:38pm)

12:50pm~ Lunch (Rest house "Ushhio")

1:45pm~ Welcome ceremony (Fudai village office)

2:15pm~ Observation of earthquake stricken area (Guide explanation)

5:00pm Check in to the Hotel (Hotel Kurosaki-so)

6:00pm~ Exchange Party with Local People
9/28 Sat. 4:00am get out of bed

5:00am~ Salmon net fishing

7:00am~ Breakfast with Local Fishermen

8:00am~ Visiting the fish auction at fish market

10:00am~ Experience getting on small fishing boat

11:30am~ Visit Kitayamazaki Observatory

12:00pm~ Lunch

1:30pm~ Meet host families

2:00pm~ Experience Japanese daily life in each host family house

4:30pm~ Help out making dinner

6:00pm~ Dinner, interact with host family             
9/29 Sun. 7:00am~ Make breakfast with host family

8:00am~ Breakfast and clean up

9:30am~ Experience Japanese daily life in each host family house

11:30am~ Lunch & Farewell ceremony

1:00pm Depart Fudai (Chartered bus) === Morioka===(Shinkansen Hayabusa 28) === Tokyo (6:04pm)

※Please note that the schedule may partially change due to weather or other reasons.

<Note when applying>
The purpose of this program is for exchange students to interact with local people. Therefore, we ask for people who can actively interact with local people. If you are not good at speaking with others or not good at communicating with people, please refrain from participating.

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