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NICE-LI-AR21-02 JAPÓN Aratani, Kaga, Ishikawa AGRI,ENVI 13/02/2021 09/05/2021

Aratani 21-02 (Ishikawa) | NICE-LI-AR21-02 | 2021-02-13 - 2021-05-09 | AGRI,ENVI | Age: 18 - 99


This project is actively working for SDG2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGS15 (Life on Land). First cooperation and organize together with Kunsthaus Higashiya Kobo since 2020. Aratani Village has a unique traditional house-style which with red roofs and chimney. In the past, it prospered in the charcoal industry, but depopulation has become a severe problem now. This local host is a world-famous lacquer artist. He restores and creates Japanese lacquerware. To focus on lacquer culture succession, they have planned to renovate traditional houses and to establish a new gallery where people can learn lacquer culture. They also try to maintain the herb garden with sustainable natural farming. The local host expects about revitalizing communities by accepting international volunteers.

Work: 1) Landscaping/Gardening (digging abandoned field, cutting grasses, removing stones, planting, etc.) and maintaining herb gardens. 2) Supporting work of lacquer products 3) Assistance of café space 4) Cleaning up an old house and removing stuff, etc. Also, do other works for the community.

Accomodation and food: Renovated house (traditional Japanese house!). Simple shower room. Clean toilet. Not need a sleeping bag. Cooking meals by volunteers self. Wi-Fi can connect basically.

Location: Aratani, Kaga, Ishikawa

Location and Leisure: *Location: The southwest part of Ishikawa prefecture. Aratani village is surrounded by mountains, so very isolated, but volunteers can enjoy mountain life in a very beautiful/traditional place. *Other activities: Participate in local events and festivals. Lacquer art class. (Depending on the season, volunteers can see fireflies in the garden, pick up chestnuts, play in a river, etc.)

Train/Bus station: The nearest airport is Narita/Haneda airport in Tokyo. From Tokyo to the project site, it takes 5 hours by express train/ 8 hours by night bus. *Volunteer needs to arrive in Japan on the day before the orientation and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day.

Requirements: *Language: English, Japanese (and Germany). The local host can speak English and Germany. Japanese speaking skill is not necessary, but a motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirements: High motivation to work hard (for gardening) and work patiently and delicately (for lacquer work). Also, enjoy simple mountain life in the isolated area. Respect for the local culture and way of the local organization.

Language: eng

Extra Fee: 12000 JPY

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). *Term: If you want to participate in dates other than the above (either shorter or longer), please choose your start/end date among the following seminar dates. [ 09-10 May. / 25-26 Jul. / 23-24 Sep. /18 Dec. ]