We are pleased to open the 29th JAPAN TENT by welcoming to beautiful Ishikawa foreign students from about 78 different countries around the world. It is our hope that JAPAN TENT will provide an opportunity for a true international exchange in Kanazawa, Komatsu, Wajima and the other 19 participating cities and towns throughout the Prefecture. The theme of JAPAN TENT is "creativity, fraternity and solidarity". It is a gathering of foreign students from all over the world under "a friendship tent" where heart to heart exchange can take place overcoming nationality and language barriers. We would like to encourage a free exchange of options about Japanese culture, lifestyle and society, as well as, sharing our hopes and dreams for the 21st century. We hope that JAPAN TENT will not only allow foreign students to experience homestays and to learn a little bit more about Japanese culture and history but will also give Japanese a chance to reveal our true selves to our foreign guests.
Once in a small town in the southern part of America, there lived a man named Collins who taught English to Vietnamese children at his home, on the patio. His small deed of goodwill has spread all over the country, resulting in a nation-wide movement called "Collins' Patio" which involves many citizens.
While in a resort town in southern France, there was a volunteer group which organized "Finion's Tent" with the aim of deepening friendship among tourists from different countries. The "Japan Tent" started by following their idea of offering a chance for communicating beyond borders and exchanging ideas in order to create a new world aiming toward the 21st century.
|| The Japan Tent is held in Ishikawa Prefecture
which is located at the center of the Japanese Islands. Ishikawa is well
known in Japan as a treasury of traditional Japanese culture. The first
meeting of the Japan Tent was held in the summer of 1988.
Keywords of Japan Tent
These keywords are embodied in various programs of the Japan Tent.
|About 300 exchange students are invited
by the drawing of lots every year and the total number of participants up
to last year is over 9,300. Some of them remain in Japan, but most of them
have returned to their home countries to work as a driving force for the
One of the features of the Japan Tent is to provide students who are having busy days in Japan with a chance to experience ordinary Japanese life and traditional culture.
Another big feature is a week-long homestay program. This will offer an opportunity for communication which supersedes different backgrounds and cultures. The homestay program, although it is very short, has resulted in a great achievement to date and has contributed to the future of both Japan and other countries.
|About 3,000 volunteers including host
families, staff members of preparatory committees in each city and town,
and college students support the Japan Tent every year behind the scenes.
The success of the Olympic Games in London also owed a lot to the hard work of many volunteers. We believe that the volunteer spirit is the key to peace for mankind.
The financial matters should not be avoided in discussion. The Governor of Ishikawa, the media including Hokkoku Newspaper, and other govermental organizations collaborate with us as organizers and supporters. However, the assistance received from many firms and enterprises in the Japanese industrial and economic circles is indispensable. The 29th Japan Tent, to be held this year, will be successful only with such precious support from a variety of fields.