True Light Middle School of Hong Kong Visits the Oki Islands UGGp on a School Trip
From August 1st-4th, 2019, the Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark welcomed a group of 30 students and 3 teachers from the True Light Middle School of Hong Kong.
On the 1st day of their visit, the students went to Nishinoshima Furusato-kan Museum to learn about the local history and culture. Afterwards, they visited Takuhi-game Kiln, where they learned about different methods for dyeing cloth and also experienced the dyeing process themselves. Everyone dyed tenugui, a type of hand towel widely used in Japan, using soil from Nishinoshima Island.
On the 2nd day, the group went to the neighbouring Nakanoshima Island to see and learn about some important geosites (Akiya Coast and Mt. Kinkō-ji) and cultural sites (Oki Shrine and Kinkō-ji Temple). In the afternoon, the participants had a chance to experience sea-kayaking on Sotohama Beach, Nishinoshima Island.
On the 3rd day, the students learned about Japanese culture, shrines, and local legends by visiting Takuhi Shrine and Yurahime Shrine on Nishinoshima Island. While visiting Takuhi Shrine they also found out about the Dōzen Caldera and the geohistory of the Dōzen Islands. In the afternoon they visited Kuniga Coast, a spectacular example of coastal erosion landforms, and admired it from both land and sea.
The school trips that we have been honoured to welcome every year since 2017 are a part of the cooperation between our geopark and Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. We hope to continue this collaboration in the future and keep introducing the Oki Islands to students from Hong Kong!