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2023 Gakumachi collaboration project Gakumachi NEWS!

Reiwa 5th year We would like to introduce the efforts of the academic town collaboration project.

The “Gakumachi Collaboration Project” solicits plans and projects that involve universities, students, and local communities to “collaborate” to develop Kyoto’s town and revitalize the region, and provides financial support.
We would like to inform you about the initiatives of selected organizations this year! !

[Activity introduction] Doshisha University, Ritsumeikan University, etc. Kyoto Student Theater Festival Executive Committee

On Sunday, September 10th, I visited the “Kyoto Student Theater Festival 2023”!

It was held in the same Yosho district of Sakyo Ward as last year, and a special outdoor stage shaped like a chrysalis, the symbol of the Kyoto Student Theater Festival, caught the attention of people passing by.

The Kyoto Student Theater Festival will be held for a long period of time from September 9th (Saturday) to September 16th (Saturday) (with one day off in between), and is a large-scale event with nine participating organizations. Last year, a wide range of people came to see the play, but this year, the second year it has been held in this location, due to the location’s well-established location and the level of publicity of the event, there were not enough seats in the audience. It was super packed.

The planning and management of such large-scale events is entirely carried out by students.
This time, Kyoto Student Public Relations Department has written an article about the chairman of the Kyoto Student Theater Festival Executive Committee, “The appeal of students mainly by students.”

Please take a look at the interview article! ! !

 Kyoto Student Public Relations Department KotoCollege https://kotocollege.jp/archives/30303


[Activity Introduction] Otani University Otani University And House

On Wednesday, October 18th, we visited the activities of “Otani University And House”!

The main area of activity is the Nakagawa School District located in the northern part of Kita Ward, Kyoto City. The Nakagawa school district is a production area for Kitayama cedar, but in recent years, as the population ages, it has become difficult to pass on traditional forestry practices, and the area is losing its vitality. is. As one of our initiatives, we are producing and selling a craft beer called “Kyoto Nakagawa Manma Beer!”.

The “Manmacha” used in beer is a tea that has been cultivated in the Nakagawa school district, and is said to be close to older types of tea, and is said to be a slightly bitter and flavorful tea. They will be manufactured with the residents, and subsequent beer manufacturing and sales will be sold online and online through the cooperation of welfare offices.
This time, I visited Otani University to see the process of pasting labels on Manma Beer bottles.
By this work, there is a work process of picking, sorting, steaming and roasting the tea, and then requested for brewing. According to Mr. Dehara of Otani University’s And House, the taste changes depending on how the tea is roasted, so it is difficult to maintain a consistent quality each year.

Attaching labels (long labels!) to about 200 bottles one by one is a difficult task that requires patience, but with everyone’s cooperation, the bottles with labels affixed one after another are completed. I felt the greatness of teamwork.
I think the joy that the things we have created by ourselves become products and are sold at stores is great.

Through the purchase of beer, the proceeds from the tea leaves will be returned to local welfare activities in the Nakagawa area. At Otani University And House, we go to the Nakagawa area every month and engage in activities such as quizzes, brain training, and other activities to interact with the residents.

I’m looking forward to selling “Mamma Beer” again this year! As for the taste, it has a fluffy tea flavor at first, with less beer bitterness. It seems to be easy for women to drink as well.

*For information on Otani University And House’s activities and Manma Beer, please check the Instagram below! ! !





[Activity Introduction] Kyoto Seika University “City, People and Music” Seminar

10/21 (Sat) I visited the [Ichijoji Festival Autumn Festival] where the “City, People, and Music” seminar held a workshop!  

Speaking of Ichijoji,

・The image of “ramen” is too strong, and other attractions are not conveyed.

・There is a difference in attitude between long-time residents and those who have recently moved in.

This issue emerged from a survey conducted among shopkeepers in Ichijoji.                             We want to solve such problems and revitalize regional exchanges! In addition to this idea, we held a workshop based on the desire to leverage the strengths of the “City, People, and Music” seminar, which has many students majoring in musical expression, and promote interaction in the local area by allowing people to come into contact with music. That means I have decided to do it.

It was a crisp autumn day, and Ichijoji Park, the venue for the event, was crowded with people from the morning. Many families with small children came to see the event’s many activities, including food stalls, fair corners, stage events, and workshop events. Later organizers announced that there were approximately 3,000 people in attendance.  

In the seminar workshop “City, People, and Music”, “Let’s have fun creating and playing with sounds together,” 4 The program involves students making musical instruments (a kalimba made from a hairpin, a flute made from a straw, a bracelet made by putting beads inside a tube, and a drum made from a paper tube and balloon) and enjoying playing with the instruments. It was a great success with parents and children enjoying playing musical instruments. It means that the material, shape and size of the ingredients, such as the ingredients from injuries or accidental ingestion, and so that they do not get tired so that they are easy to make, have been repeatedly prototyped. As a result of these efforts, on the day of the event, while I was interviewing the representative, Mr. Ogawa, children kept coming to the workshop, and it was so successful that I had to interrupt the interview each time.

In addition to holding workshops, the “City, People, and Music” seminar also participates in garbage pickup activities at Ichijoji Temple. There, they are also deepening their interactions with local people.

Please continue to work hard to revitalize Ichijoji! ! !