Sosei Partners (Shimokawa) 2018

Sosei Partners (Shimokawa) 2018 will take place in three parts- May, July and September. This year we will be collaborating with Hokkaido University and bringing students specifically from Hokkaido University to learn about Shimokawa’s charms, challenges, as well as its impressive town planning, energy policies and forest management.

Iki Summer 2018

Tono is a city located in central Iwate Prefecture, surrounded by three mountains, and covered with lush greenery in summer and shimmering white snow in winter. It is also known as the folklore capital of Japan as it is the origin of the Tono Folklore, a repository of Japanese folklores about spirits and supernatural creatures. Tono has prospered as a trading centre between the inland areas and the coastal regions of Iwate prefecture. 

Minami Ashigara Summer 2018

Minami Ashigara is located in the western part of Kanagawa prefecture, which is made up of 9 other towns including the famous hot spring paradise Hakone and popular beach resort of Odawara. Despite being situated just one hour away from Tokyo, it is surrounded by mountains and blessed with rich nature. 

Seiyo Summer 2018

Seiyo is located in the Shikoku island of the Japanese archipelago. It is divided into three distinct parts- the mountainous area, the coastal region and the traditional village. Each part has its own charms- the mountainous region is where you can find rustic sceneries and old lifestyles, the coastal region is where oranges are grown and marine activities are bustling, and the traditional village is lined with merchant houses from the 18th century. 

Tono Summer 2018

Tono is a city located in central Iwate Prefecture, surrounded by three mountains, and covered with lush greenery in summer and shimmering white snow in winter. It is also known as the folklore capital of Japan as it is the origin of the Tono Folklore, a repository of Japanese folklores about spirits and supernatural creatures. Tono has prospered as a trading centre between the inland areas and the coastal regions of Iwate prefecture. 

Urahoro Summer 2018

Urahoro is a little town located in the Tokachi region of Eastern Hokkaido. The Tokachi region is famous for its dairy farming as it accounts for the majority of fresh milk produced in the entire Hokkaido. It is also rich in farming, fishing and forestry resources. However, like many other towns in Hokkaido, Urahoro is rapidly declining in terms of population and economy. In order to instill hometown pride and innovation into the local children, Urahoro integrates its primary industries into the elementary and middle school curriculum, so that children growing up in the town feel a sense of belonging and connection to the town and its industries.

Shimokawa Summer 2018

Shimokawa is a little town located in Northern Hokkaido, with 90% of its land covered with forests. Shimokawa has a sustainable forestry management system, where it utilizes every part of the forests- logwood, leaves, bark, branches, tree sap and even the wood chips, to build houses, manufacture furniture, make bowls and accessories, produce aroma oil, and even produce biomass energy. This comprehensive forestry management system was recognized by the national government, which led to its recipient of the first Japan SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Award in 2018.

Ishinomaki Summer 2018

Ishinomaki is one of the many places in Tohoku that are undergoing rapid transformation into innovative hubs that encourage new ideas through civic participation. Ishinomaki is the second largest city in Miyagi prefecture and used to play a vital role in transporting rice from Tohoku to Edo via the Kitakami River. However, like many other rural cities, population began declining rapidly over the past 20 years, and to make things worse, the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 took away more than 3000 lives and swept away large parts of the coastal areas.

地方創生パートナーズ(石巻)活動報告

2017年12月9日から2018年3月28日の間、17ヵ国の22人の参加者を集め、現地調査からパイロットプログラム実施まで、活動を展開してきました。(参加者の出身国:モンゴル、インド、シンガポール、ネパール、イタリア、スペイン、フランス、台湾、日本、ベトナム、アイルランド、マレーシア、ハンガリー、ポーランド、ベネズエラ、アメリカ、カナダ)

Ishinomaki Blog

Hello! This is Sosei Partners reporting to you from Ishinomaki City, Miyagi prefecture. My name is Zak and I’m a part of the Sosei Partners regional in-residence program. I will be living in Ishinomaki City for a little more than a month from Dec 18th 2017 to January 28th 2018. Mainly I’ll be researching the city while working together with local organizations and traveling around the city as much as possible.

Sosei Partners (Ishinomaki)

Sosei Partners (Ishinomaki)

The Sosei Partners team, comprising members from Spain, Mongolia, Nepal, Italy, Singapore, France and India, ventured into Ishinomaki to learn about the forward looking and future oriented projects driven by innovation that are giving Ishinomaki a brand new identity. 

今回の地方創生パートナーズはスペイン、モンゴル、ネパール、イタリア、シンガポール、フランスとインド出身の国際的なメンバーでチームを組み、石巻にやってきました。震災後に立ち上がった、前向きで未来志向な取り組み、そしてイノベーションを活かした様々な試みについて学ばせていただきました。

Chao Ping (USA)

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If you're a foreign student in Japan and you want to be involved in rural regions I cannot recommend Sosei Partners more. Of course there are many opportunities such as home stays and monitor tours to visit rural regions in Japan, but through Sosei Partners you are not simply a visitor but an integral part of a team aiming to better a certain region. Please note this is not a leisure trip, but a project where your skills will be put to the test. 

Looking back at my experience with Sosei Partners, I have received valuable experience working in the field while also making connections with people I may not have met otherwise.