Summer 2015

The second collaborative study program between Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Chiba University will be held in August on Chiba University’s campus. This year’s host is the Center for International Research and Education, in cooperation with the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Horticulture.

Topic: Revitalization of Local Communities: The Future of Community-Based Development (CBD)

Description: Community-based development (CBD) has been one of the most widely promoted forms of regional revitalization in the modern world. Influenced by Marxist and socialist theories on power and political struggles and on how these may prevent community cohesion, sustainability and growth, community-based development approaches usually aim to empower people to participate in the decision-making processes that concern the future of their communities. In development policies, CBD projects have been considered as a response to the failure of top-down, government-driven revitalization strategies to achieve their objectives. Today, CBD projects are also seen as ways to possibly strengthen social capital and civil society, save communities that are in decline due to depopulation, and encourage the financial independence of shrinking regions. In Japan, CBD projects have a long history and continue to form the catalyst of many government-financed regional revitalization strategies,especially after the 3.11 triple disaster in Tōhoku. Yet, recent research on Japan’s depopulation issues has argued that the collapse and eventual disappearance of local communities is inevitable.

Research Questions: What are the issues faced by CBD projects today and how have successful CBD projects managed to use local resources and social capital to reinvigorate their communities? How can CBD projects in Japan tackle the rising problem of depopulation and what are the solutions we can offer in practice? How can students apply the knowledge acquired through this program to help the KUSU NO KI project?

Objectives: a.Global Study Program 16*: The preliminary education sessions start immediately with the problem set by this year’s topic, before looking at the theoretical solution that is found in CBD. Students are then encouraged to link this year’s topic with last year’s GSP, in order to find out more about the challenges offered by our short-term, problem-based pedagogy. Then, through a series of lectures and a workshop, they will come across specific solutions already in practice, general solutions applied on a national level, and a general description of CBD in Japan. Finally, GSP 16 will finish with a session that aims to help students consider the methodology they will need to form their own solutions. (this description does not include the sessions spent on preparing the presentations on contemporary Japanese culture and society.) b.Global Study Program 6: The main summer program, after some preliminary visits of locations culturally linked to this year’s topic, starts with a survey of the strengths and weaknesses of CBD in Japan and in Greece (through the collaboration of AUTh staff). Following these brief visits, where students will have the opportunity to not only listen to the experts involved in projects of renovation of historic buildings and streetscapes, but to also find out by themselves, through the use of questionnaires, some answers to the research questions mentioned earlier on, the program will enter its second ‘applied’-phase: students will spend three days surveying the KUSU NO KI project in the South of the Bōsō Peninsula, and will be asked to devise practical solutions to the problems faced by that project during their final presentations.

GSP 16 and 6 aim, therefore, to foster a better understanding of, and critical perspectives on one of the most fundamental approaches to development, CBD, through a comparative perspective with non-Japanese case studies, and through a practical, hands-on experiential element that integrates the topic of the course into the fabric of the participant-students’ learning outcomes, and encourages the very embodiment of CBD’s “ideal”: the participation of stakeholders in the process of their own growth.

*AUTh students will be able to attend two lectures of GSP 16 and will receive relevant readings for the rest of the content of GSP 16.

Participants: 16 students from AUTh and 15 students from Chiba University

Schedule of activities: This schedule includes two preliminary education sessions (Global Study Program 16) for AUTh students, who are asked to participate through skype.

  • Pre-session 1 (June 15, 11:50-13:20): “Characteristics and Issues of Rural Tourism in Japan” (Prof. Yasuo OHE)
  • Pre-session 2 (June 29, 11:50-13:20): “Community-Based Development and post-3.11 Japan -A case study of recovery management in a coastal community-” (Prof. Yukihiko SAITŌ)

Day 01 (Thursday 06 August) 07.20: (Flight TK50) Arrival at Narita Terminal 1, South Wing

Day 02 (Friday 07 August)

Free day

Day 03 (Saturday 08 August)

Free day

*Extra-curricular activity: The 27th Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival, 19:00~20:00pm

Day 04 (Sunday 09 August)

08:30: meet in front of ticket machines of Inage-station

09:04: train departs from Inage-station

09:46: train arrives in Ryōgoku-station

10:00: start of guided tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum

11:30: end of tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum→free time in the museum

12:30: Lunch at Sumōchaya

14:30: train departs from Ryōgoku-station

15:12: train arrives in Inage-station

15:30: start of welcome party at International House

16:00: presentation by AUTh students about Greece to “the mothers of Chiba U”

17:00: dinner

19:00: end of activities for the day

Day 05 (Monday 10 August)

09:30: meet in Lecture Room, Center for International Research and Education (nishi-Chiba campus)

10:00: start of presentations on Japanese and Greek cultures (15min. maximum per group, alternating between Chiba U and AUTh students)

12:00: lunch around nishi-Chiba campus

13:00: workshop on cultural presentations

14.00: JASSO scholarship students receive their stipend

14:30: presentations by AUTh students on CBD projects in Greece

15:30: discussion

16:30: end of activities for the day

Day 06 (Tuesday 11 August): PROJECT 1

08:50: meet in front of ticket machines of Inage-station

09:22: train departs from Inage-station

10:11: train arrives at Kazusa-Ichinomiya

10:30: speech by city mayor [location: Suya Honke]

10:45: lecture by Professor Morris on the Ichinomiya area and the project

11:45: lecture by MOBA architect on the restoration of Suya Honke

12:00: presentations by local high school students on the revitalization of Ichinomiya

12:30: lunch

14:00: walking/bus tour of Ichinomiya (Ask questions where you can. The team will be split in two; one half will walk through the shrine area from 2pm to 3pm, while the other half will get on a bus tour of the seaside area; then, at 3pm, we will alternate)

16:21: train departs from Kazusa-Ichinomiya

17:14: train arrives in Inage-station

*Extra-curricular activity: The Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival, 19:30~20:30pm

Day 07 (Wednesday 12 August): PROJECT 1

08:50: meet in front of ticket machines of Inage-station

09:22: train departs from Inage-station

10:11: train arrives in Kazusa-Ichinomiya

10:30: survey of the city (contd. from previous day)

12:30: lunch

13:30: analysis of survey results [location: Suya Honke] (team will be split in 6 groups; each group will be joined by a high school student and a staff member of Ichinomiya’s city hall)

15:00: presentation of ideas by GSP students

16:30: feedback from audience

18:06: train departs from Kazusa-Ichinomiya

18:51: train arrives in Inage-station

Day 08 (Thursday 13 August): PROJECT 2

08:15: meet in front of ticket machines of Inage-station

08:45: train departs from Inage-station

10:09: train arrives in Sawara-sation

10:30: guided tour of Sawara (museum entrance fees are offered by Sawara-city!)

12:00: lunch

13:00: Lecture by Professor Fukukawa on revitalization of streetscapes projects in Japan and lecture by Sawara project leader, Mr Takahashi [location: Sawara Visitors Center 2F]

15:00: discussion with local community members [location: Sawara Visitors Center 2F]

16:58: train departs from Sawara-station

18:36: train arrives in Inage-station

Day 09 (Friday 14 August)

09:30: meet in Lecture Room, Center for International Research and Education (nishi-Chiba campus)

10:00: reflection of first half of the program; summary of findings, strengths and weaknesses [location: CIRE, Large Lecture Room]

12:00: lunch in nishi-Chiba area

13:00: preparation for Kusu no Ki survey

16:00: end of activities for the day

Day 10 (Saturday 15 August)

Free day

*Extra-curricular activities (see facebook for details):

>Summer Festival in Chiba Park

>Kisarazu Firework Festival

>Summer Sonic


Day 11 (Sunday 16 August): PROJECT 3

08:30: meet in front of Inage Konaka-dai Primary School

09:00: bus departs

10.30: arrival at Futsu Prefectural Park, pick up lunch boxes

12:30: departure from Futsu Prefectural Park

13:00: arrival at Sadamoto village Community Center

13:30: Lecture by Professor Saitō

15:00: Project tour with local community members

16:30: departure from Sadamoto

18:00 arrival at Kusu no Ki

18:30: dinner

Day 12 (Monday 17 August): PROJECT 4

07:30: Breakfast

09:00: Participation in the activities usually offered by KUSU NO KI to its guests

12:00: Lunch

13:00: Lecture by Professor Ohe: “Community-based tourism in super ageing rural Japan: exploring a new direction”

14:00: Explanations by Mr Kitami (based on the questionnaire sent in advance)

15:00: Q&A

18:00 Dinner

19:30: Interview of local community management members

Day 13 (Tuesday 18 August): PROJECT 4

07:30: Breakfast

09:00: Project survey

12:00: Lunch

13:30: Project survey

15;30: return to base and group work on plans to improve KUSU NO KI project

17:30: feedback from project members

18:00: Dinner

Day 14 (Wednesday 19 August): PROJECT 4

07:30: Breakfast

09:00: Project survey

12:00: Lunch

13:30: Preparation of final presentations

15;30: return to base and group work on plans to improve KUSU NO KI project

17:30: feedback from project members

18:00: Dinner

Day 15 (Thursday 20 August): PROJECT 4

07:30: Breakfast

09:00: bus departs from Kusu no Ki

11:30: Arrival at International House

12:00: Lunch (around Inage)

13:30: Completion of final presentations [location: International House]

16:30: End of activities for the day

Day 16 (Friday 21 August)

08:30: meet in front of Chiba University Library

09:00: Final group presentations + feedback [location: Library Presentation Space]

12:30: Lunch at Chiba University cafeteria

13:00: Paperwork: JASSO questionnaire, certificates of completion, group photos,

15:00: Departure from Chiba University

Bus from Inage-station to Inage Kaihin Park

Departs every 10 minutes from West exit of train station, platform 2; get off at last stop then walk 5~10 minutes

17:00: Farewell barbecue at Inage Kaihin Park

19:30: Clean up

20:00: End of program

Day 17 (Saturday 22 August)

06:06am: departure from Inage-station (JR rapid)

07:03am: arrival at Narita Airport

10:05am: Departure from Narita Airport Terminal 1

Organizing Committee
Gaitanidis I. (Chiba U.) Coordinator
Iakovidou O. (AUTh)
Igarashi H. (Chiba U.)
Kalogeresis A. (AUTh)
Kobayashi S. (Chiba U.)
Latinopoulos D. (AUTh)
Papagiannaki A. (AUTh)
Papadopoulou E. (AUTh)  Coordinator
Pozoukidou G. (AUTh)
Tokmakidis K. (AUTh)
Scientific Committee
Fukukawa Y. (Chiba U.), conservation of historic environments, revitalization of central urban areas, urban planning systems theory, approaches to urban design
Iakovidou O. (AUTh)
Ohe Y.  (Chiba U.), rural economics, rural tourism, food and resource economics
Papadopoulou E. (AUTh)
Saito Y. (Chiba U.), landscape architecture, analysis and planning of open spaces, especially recreational spaces.
Tokmakidis K. (AUTh)
Morris M. (Chiba U.), history of architecture, urban history, history of artificial environments, conservation and restoration of historic architecture, architectural design based on historical learning