Providing a place to stimulate children's excitement and challenge themselves


Q: Since when have you been active on the Tokyo mountain side?

In October 2021, I moved to the Tokyo Mountain side to farm and participated in the Akigawa River Cleanup. I met Masahi Miyairi, the representative of Fourth Wellness (currently the representative director of Tokyo Yamaside DMC), and started working together with him on an inquiry-based nature experience learning school that would make everyone happy.

Q: What kind of activities did you do before moving here?

As a student leader of the NPO Green Bird Shibuya Team, I planned and managed a clean-up event in Shibuya. We worked together with a wide variety of people in Shibuya to plan and create fun cleanup activities that would lower the hurdles for volunteers.

Q: Is there anything important to you while interacting with the children attending the Tokyo Mountain School?

First of all, it is important to create a fun space for children. If it is not fun, children will not be curious or motivated. I was like that too. We create a place for children to be excited and take on challenges. Praise them when they succeed, and think together about what they can do when they fail. Afterwards, I encourage the children to divide into teams and listen to the opinions of other children so that they can feel the fun of working together instead of thinking only about themselves. Then I'll share my opinion. But I won't force it. I want them to do their best to do what they are interested in right now. By doing so, we believe that children will develop roots of motivation and a sense of self-affirmation, be considerate of all people, things, and things, and be able to grow in any environment.

Q: Please tell us about "Adventure Travel", which is called a new Japanese industry.

Adventure travel (AT) is a form of travel that involves interacting with local people through activities in nature and experiencing different cultures. It is defined as "a trip that consists of two or more of the following three elements: activities, nature, and cultural experiences." Ideally, interaction during activities should not be one-way, but two-way between tourists and locals. While valuing nature, culture, and the region, efforts are underway to link local resources to economic value through tourism. This is typical adventure travel.

On the Tokyo mountain side, we offer not only this general adventure travel, but also adventure travel with even higher added value. Specifically, our goal is to convey and experience the deep charm of Japan that even Japanese people are unaware of, such as Japan's temples and shrines, traditional crafts, traditional performing arts, and food culture born from diverse nature. There are gemstones that lie dormant all over Japan, so I want to dig up the gemstones that lie dormant all over the country, polish them, make them shine, and convey the charm of Japan to people around the world.

Q: What role do you want to play in Adventure Travel and what kind of future are you aiming for?

I want to be a person who connects adventure travel to the next generation, including today's high school and university students. I believe that it is important for me to earn enough money first. By doing so, I feel that adventure travel will become the goal of the next generation. I believe that this new industry can change Japan's future for the better.

Q: Lastly, please tell us about the appeal of the Tokyo mountain side.

The best part is that you can be connected to nature such as mountains and mountain streams as soon as you walk. It's also within walking distance to the city center for a day trip. And in this day and age, there is also the analog pleasure of connecting people. And there are many unique and distinctive people on the Tokyo side. They are doing something on the Tokyo side with their eyes shining like children. It's a well-balanced place that doesn't forget to connect.

村野 夏生 (むらの なつみ)