The biggest event in our activities

DATE 2019-12-15




November 17 (Sun) Our Global Network + (information dissemination team) went to Shiramizu Amida-do in Iwaki City, Hakusui-cho, and Tono Auto Campground in Tono-cho, Iwaki -Shi. This is the biggest event in our activities. As a monitor tour with 18 foreign students along with teachers in Iwaki-Shi. We gathered at the university at 8:50 and first we went to Hakusui Amida-do. It took about 40 minutes by bus to Hakusui Amida-do. The temple feels so nostalgic has a Jodoshiki garden that uses traditional techniques. When entering the garden, we saw a beautiful landscape. A pond spreads out in front of Amida-do, and you can see a beautiful fish(Koi) in the pond. The garden and the mountains around it were beautifully colored, and we took a lot of pictures and it was a lot of fun. Shiramizu Amida-do is built by a woman named Toku Hime. It is a famous historical sightseeing spot in Japan and is designated as a national treasure. Next we went to Tono Auto Campsite. There, you can have a barbecue while watching the autumn leaves. After we arrived at the campsite, we were divided into groups and preparations began. A group responsible for fire, a group responsible for Vietnamese-style spring rolls, and a group responsible for Thai barbecue. Iwaki City is famous for tomatoes due to its long sunshine hours. We made home dishes using Iwaki tomatoes. The food was very delicious and the barbecue under the blue sky was fun. Iwaki City is also famous for its many jumbo menus. This time we bought jumbo cream from “Shiramizu Tsuchiya” and ate it at the campsite. It was a really big cream puff and it was sweet and very delicious. At last we had a paper making experience. Tono Washi is a Japanese paper that is made with handrails using domestically grown koji grown in Tono Town. It has a tradition of over 400 years. In the past, 600 units were engaged in production, but due to the decline in demand for Japanese paper, all of them are now closed. Therefore, local volunteers are currently working to protect traditions. I was surprised that some of the volunteers were foreigner like us. I think these cultures are also attractive to foreigners. We were new to making Japanese paper, but it was very interesting. Also, I was glad to get my own Japanese paper. This is the end of the fun trip. We visited Iwaki City’s national treasure, enjoyed a barbecue using Iwaki City’s delicious tomatoes, learned about Japanese culture through paper making, and it was a wonderful experience for us international students.