Jul 2, 2009
On Sunday, June 28, 2009, APU students worked together with local Hiji children to sow rice seedlings in the "Hiji Town-APU Exchange Paddy Field" in Hiji Town, Oita Prefecture.
Approximately 30 local children and parents got involved including Hiji Mayor, KUDO Yoshimi, Hiji Town Executives and members of the Noki Farming Co-op in charge of the Exchange Paddy Field in addition to 12 APU international students from Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Myanmar and Mongolia. For most of the students this was there first experience of rice planting and under the guidance of the locals, they had a good time with working the children.
Founded on the friendship agreement between APU an Hiji Town, the "Hiji Town-APU Exchange Paddy Field" initiative began last year through the cooperation of the Noki Farming Co-op and works towards exchange between local people and APU students through working together in rice planting and weeding projects. The two parties hope to continue to deepen their friendship further by participating a range of events such as weeding work at the friendship paddy field and participating in the "Industry Festival" Hiji Town Event later in autumn this year.