Lecture on OVOP to Trainees from the Maldives, 17 October 2019

I had a chance to give a lecture titled “One Village One Product (OVOP) Movement and Local Development” in a JICA training course for 4 officers from the Maldives in JICA Tsukuba.

I learned many things from discussion with them about very severe impact of resort-tourism on local development process in the context of OVOP Movement. I must investigate deeply what happens at the field of the Maldives.

Thank you very mucu Prof. Yoshihiko Nishimura, for giving very impressive opportunity this time for me.

Business Trip to Cianjur, 8-9 October 2019

We visited Cianjur, West Java, in 8-9 October 2019 with mission from local government of Minakami town, Japan, to prepare JICA Grass-root Cooperation Project on agro-tourism next year.

Kami mengunjungi Kabupaten Cianjur, Jawa Barat, pada tanggal 8-9 Oktober 2019 bersama rombongan Pemkot Minakami, Jepang, untuk persiapan Proyek Kerjasama Akar Rumput tentang agrowisata yang akan mulai tahun 2020..


Guest Lecture / Kuliah Tamu / 特別講義(Kendari, 4 October 2019)

In 4 October 2019, we gave a guest lecture in Southeast Sulawesi University with the title “Business for Social Welfare”.

Pada tanggal 4 Oktober 2019, kami kasih kuliah tamu di Universitas Sulawesi Tenggara, Kendari, dengan judul “Kewirausahaan untuk Kesejahteraan Masyarakat”.


Visit Bada Valley (29 Sep – 1 Oct, 2019)

We visited Bada Valley in Central Sulawesi Province, 29 September to1 October 2019, with Dr. Isamu Sakamoto, a specialist of paper making technique. This time we wanted to see current situation about barkcloth or paper/cloth made from tree skin in Bada.

Barkcloth making technique in Bada and its surrounding areas have been kept since about 3,000 years ago until now, even if its technique succession might be more difficult after modernization drive became stronger with easier transportation access. It took about 10 hours from Tentena to Bada with jeep when we visited here in 1991, and now only 2 hours by Avanza.

We got many impressive information and many new questions about barkcloth. In a word, barkcloth here is very important as its existence since 3,000 years ago only in this area in the world, and as a theme to elucidate cultural diffusion from South Pacific to East Asia via Southeast Asia because its material tree was the same in Bada, South Pacific, Taiwan and Japan. Very exciting on barkcloth in Central Sulawesi.


Business Trip to Aceh: 15-21 September 2019

In 15-21 September 2019, we had a business trip to Aceh and Medan in the name of the JICA grass-roots Project for Sixth Industrialization (cultivation, processing and promotion) of Citrus Resources in Central Aceh District Utilizing Knowledge of Ochi Town. We mainly stay in Takengon, capital city of Central Aceh District.

We discussed with Central Aceh District Government about the implementation of the Project, and explained about next step including the short-term training for local government officials in Japan about supporting policies on promotion of sixth industrialization.

We visited some orange farmers, fruits market, coffee cooperatives etc.. Of course, we enjoyed various delicious local foods in Takengon, Lhokseumawe, and Medan.

Please see the Facebook page of our project with daily report of our trainees: https://www.facebook.com/ochiacehtengah/

Dari K Cacao Tour in Sulawesi, 18-25 August 2019

In 18-25 August 2019, I was a coordinator of Dari K Cacao Tour with 25 participants in Sulawesi (Polewali and Makassar), Indonesia. This tour has been annually organized by Dari K Co., Ltd., a chocolate producer in Kyoto with cacao from Sulawesi since 2014.

Most of participants are chocolate lovers and for the first time they met cacao farmers who prepare good quality fermented cacao beans for valuable chocolate of Dari K. Consumers directly meet producers. Consumers give their sincere gratitude to cacao farmers. On the other hand, cacao farmers increase their motivation to produce good quality cacao beans.

In addition, participants enjoyed local foods every day cooked by families of cacao farmers, and many other activities such as the chocolate producing workshop with primary school students, visiting a bean-to-bar local chocolate shop, visiting sago starch processing unit, and special traditional local event of dancing horse.

We believe this tour certainly gave various positive impacts on consumers and producers who respect each other, and planted many seeds for creating next change of world through cacao.

Visit Minakami town / みなかみ町を訪問(15 August 2019)

In 15 August, 2019, we had a meeting with local government of Minakami town to discuss about preparation of JICA grass-roots program on agrotourism.

Pada tanggal 15 Agustus 2019, kami mengadakan rapat dengan Pemda kota Minakami untuk diskusi tentang persiapan program JICA tentang wisata agro.


With Performing Artists from Australia in Fukushima, 9-11 August 2019

In 9-11 August 2019, by invitation from Mr. Ryoichi Wago, a poet based in Fukushima, we have a chance to meet and communicate with a team of Australian performing artists who visited Iitate village, Fukushima, to create their performance art with local peoples.

Mr. Wago and those Australian artists had very interesting collaborative performance art event in Iwaki City Art Museum in 10 August 2019, with title “Fukushima in search of new light”.

The next day (11 August 2019), they had another performing art event in Yamatsumi shrine in iitate village with collaboration among dance, percussion, and reading poems. The theme of this event was wolf picture on the ceiling of the shrine. There are 242 kinds of picture of wolf, which were rehabilitated by Tokyo Art University team after burnt down in 2013.

This was very impressive opportunities and we felt as like as shaking our soul by their performing art. We were very lucky to meet this unplayable again and only one-time performance. We got many deep and sincere insights from this experience to think about the role of art for local community.

Business Trip to Sulawesi & Jakarta (4-7 August 2019)

We visited South Sulawesi (Wajo and Makassar) and Jakarta with the team of Ishikawa Prefecture government, Japan, to investigate current agricultural situation. Ishikawa Prefecture plans to propose some cooperation programs in agriculture development in the long run with Wajo District government.

Ishikawa Prefecture wants to make some contribution to agricultural mechanization, training of farmers, and income increase of farmers.

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