International students participate in the Hiwasa Hachiman Shrine autumn festival
On October 8 and 9, 46 members of the Tokushima Intercultural Caravan, an organization made up mainly of international students at institutions of higher education in Tokushima Prefecture, took part in the Hiwasa Hachiman Shrine autumn festival. This project is conducted as a continuation of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology International Exchange Student Center Project adopted between 2013 and 2015, as part of activities to learn about the people of Tokushima and their culture.
On the first day, twenty-four of the male participants helped to carry the holy palanquin around Honmachi and Nishishinmachi, which are short of people due to aging populations, and on the second day they helped carry the palanquin into the sea.
Twenty-two of the female participants joined pupils of Hiwasa junior and senior high schools and local volunteer guides, splitting into five groups to take photos of the fishing villages around Hiwasa to make a photo map to promote the charms of the town.
The international students reported that they gained valuable experience that they couldn't have on campus, while the local people said that their festival was livelier and more enjoyable. They look forward to next year.
High school students, Tokushima students,
and international students work together!
|Carrying the holy palanquin into the surf!|
|After walking around the town|