Japanese student interns learn Ifugao culture

HUNGDUAN, Ifugao, March 30 (PIA)- -Eleven Japanese student interns from the Kanazawa University (KU) immersed themselves in the villages of this town and in  Kiangan from March 15-23 to learn and experience hands on the cultural and traditional practices of the Ifugao people.


These practices include indigenous farming, weaving, tour guiding, establishment of souvenir shops, rice grain pounding and preparation for cooking and the educational instruction methods now practiced in the elementary schools.

This activity was part of the student exchange program between the Ifugao State University (IFSU) and KU forged under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2014 through the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP).

Under the MOU, students would conduct research studies on the culture and traditions of the Ifugao people as part of their academic requirements for graduation and then implement projects for the conservation of the Ifugao rice terraces and those applicable for the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) of Japan.

ISMTP Project Manager and GIAHS Research and Development Center Director Eulalie Dulnuan said the students assigned for their research studies in Hungduan were Nozomi Ubano for farming and education, Tamaki Mukae and Yuzuki Miyake for farming and weaving,   Syota Nikagawa for tour guiding and souvenir shop, and Ryosuta Atsuta for traditional cultural practices, weaving, museum and dancing.

For Kiangan,  the group was composed of  Jun Wakita, a  Masters 1 of KU   researched on the elementary school methods at the Kiangan Central School; Ryusel Ishizawa  and  Ayani Takashi for tour guiding, farming and souvenir shop; Yuki Araki for weaving, Mizuki Morita  for weaving and farming,  and Misaki Matsubara.

The education and learning experiences of the students were done with the assistance of their host families, the municipal governments of Hungduan and Kiangan, weaving and farming experts of the community accredited by the Department of Tourism, the municipal tourism offices of the two towns and the ISMTP. (JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)

By Daniel B. Codamon







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