Transform outdated activities to develop local community

In Fujino transition town like in many other villages young people tend to go to big cities for job, a broader variety of choices, new adventures, activities, people relationships, knowledge and experience, etc.

Less and less young people living in the town caused the absence of need in maintaining an existing elementary school operation. There are just not enough pupils anymore. And even for existing ones parents prefer them to study in Tokyo.

But since Fujino becomes popular among artists and mid-age generation, people are coming here. They quickly identified a need to have a place to meet and develop their artistic activity. Abandoned elementary school seemed to fit their needs. Continue reading “Transform outdated activities to develop local community”

Respect, social relations and relaxation (Japanese bath Onsen)

Staying in Tokyo I discovered a Japanese tradition of taking a public bath called “onsen” (means hot spring in Japanese).

I see this tradition as the basis or enhancement of well known characteristics of Japanese society such as respect and politeness, as well as an invitation to a better quality of life, social sharing and equality. Let me explain you what it consists of.

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