Students from Stanford University and Rikkyo University distill the charm of an area that has been affected by disaster to create content and transmit it to the world
Nov 09, 2017
The Rikuzentakata Project is a regular curriculum subject conducted in English. The theme of the students’ work: to distill the charm of Rikuzentakata, create content, and transmit it to the world.
Hikari Wada (left) taking part in fieldwork.
At the fieldwork session taking place from September 7 (Thurs) to September 11 (Mon), the students from both universities formed three teams, and presented their creations to the mayor and the people of Rikuzentakata. A final report was given at the meeting to report results, which was held on September 12 (Tues) at Rikkyo University.
We talked to Rikkyo student Hikari Wada (2nd year, Department of Politics, College of Law and Politics) about the program.
Tell us about how you came to participate in the program.
Tell us about what your activities were like.
I met people with all kinds of experiences of living in Rikuzentakata, like people who had been living there for a long time, people who moved there before the disaster and stayed, and people who returned after the disaster, but one thing that really stands out from then is when someone told me “I haven't been living here as long as I did in the place where I came from originally, but Rikuzentakata feels like my hometown to me.” I really felt that Rikuzentakata is a place where people have profound connections with each other.
What feelings do you have about the program?
At the Rikuzentakata Global Campus, Monty Dickson Hall. (With alumnus Kazuyoshi Kono, chairman of Yagisawa Shoten.)
Note: This article is accurate as of the time of reporting.
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