"Gifu Future Center" meeting co-hosted with Mizunami City, Gifu
The Center for Collaborative Study with Community (CCSC), Gifu University and Hirayama region, Mizunami City, and Mizunami City, Gifu Prefecture co-hosted "Gifu Future Center" meeting on Monday, October 9, 2022. A total of 27 people (14 university students, 11 residents and two professors) joined the meeting and discussed the theme, "Let's enliven Hirayama! Time to think about Hirayama for the next 15 years."
Hirayama is a hilly, mountainous community with a population of approximately 100 (29 households), and is boasting of 700-year history since its foundation, but a lowering birthrate and growing number of senior citizens are making Hirayama less attractive to young generation to settle down. In 2007, a workshop was held where Hirayama residents shared their ideas for community development. They envisioned possible changes in agricultural lands, etc. in Hirayama by 2022, and discussed measures how to revitalize the region.
This year marks the 15th anniversary since the workshop took place. The meeting participants confirmed the achievements made by the residents for the past 15 years. Both students and residents exchanged their views on future images of Hirayama for another 15 years from now, and toured around the region to see the changes by themselves.
The following are the new ideas presented at the meeting by the participants for the better future of Hirayama: "Overnight Tour," "Hometown for Makomo (Manchurian wild rice (Zizania latifolia)): Hirayama," "Messages for the Youths ☆ Give a Boost to Agriculture," and "Gorgeous Glamping." The outcomes of the meeting will be used as a guide for revitalization of Hirayama, and be used as a reference in setting more specific goals for the next meeting. The second "Gifu Future Center" meeting is scheduled to be jointly organized by CCSC and Hirayama municipal government by the end of March, 2023.
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