NKK Lab Report
The 10th Hiroshima Mountain Forest Day
At Ikoinomori Park
Sunday, June 5th, 2011
Reported by Daisuke Horii
Outline of the Day of Mountain in Hiroshima
In Hiroshima, the first Sunday in June has been named the “Hiroshima Yamanohi” which means “The Day of Mountain in Hiroshima”. On the day every year, we do a bunch of activities following its theme “Get familiar with Mountains, Enjoy Mountains, and Learn from Mountains”. This year was the 10th year.
Schedule of the Day
Speeches, Explanations, Opening Declaration
About Biodiversity by Ms. Akiko Domoto
Looking around the booths
Grand Work, Nature Game, Bird Watching, Cleaning the Mountain
Acknowledgement, Closing Declaration
Who is Ms. Akiko Domoto?
Born 1932, she is a journalist, a politician and an ecologist. After graduating from a university, she worked for a TV station as a reporter and a director. She especially reported on education, welfare, ODA and Tibetan issue. She was a member of the House of Councillors from 1998 to 2001. She was a director of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in 1994, and was selected as one of the “25 women are dedicated to the environment” by UNEP (The United Nations Environment Programme). She had also worked for other international organizations. In 2001, she was selected as a governor of Chiba prefecture, and she held office until 2008. Biodiversity ~which makes the richness of life~ is one of the books she wrote.
The topic was Biodiversity, because the audiences had various backgrounds like high school students, business people, experts amongst others, the lecture was conducted ethically and abstractly without any specific data. Despite that, I thought it was a very understandable and illuminating lecture for all of us. 3 questions for Ms. Domoto came from 2 high school students and one other participant, and the lecture became not one-way one but interactive. It made an impression on me that one of the high school students asked about the current nuclear situation.
Tasting lemongrass tea and pork sausage made by high school students
Demonstrating some equipment Pellet stoves introduction corner
Over a hundred participants were divided into more than 10 groups to prune the unmanaged forest. It took approximately one hour; the first 30 minutes we pruned, the next 30 minutes we gathered thinnings into the cutting machines to change them into wood scrap.
日本語版 (Japanese Translation)