Dec 8, 2009

Slow Life Monitor Tour is back

Slow Movement seems rapidly expanding in a global community. They say it started as a way to protest against the culture that promotes ''fast-food''. Semboku City is one of the little pockets on the earth where the movement hasn't reached but existed before even recognized as a global movement. Consider even the world's largest fast food chain hasn't even reached here, and it doesn't seem to anytime soon.
Now we are living in the time when things change more and more rapidly. But, if you want the basic connection with people and the community, slowness is the key in the life!

For decades, Semboku City has been hosting hundreds of those mindful people who want to start a life based on the nearness to the environment and the community. If you are wondering how to get a glimpse of the life in a small village of Japan, here is your chance!

Slow Life Monitor Tour
Date: February 19th - 21st, 2010.
Fee: 150,000 yen
Max. Number of people: 12
        Deadline: January 15th, 2010.
 *Transportation to Tazawako is not included. Inquire for special deal.

1st Day ( Friday, February 19th, 2010.)
12:00               Meet at JR Kakunodate Station.
12:10               Leave from Kakunodate Station
                          via Akita Nairiku Jukan Tetsudo (Akita Inland Longitudinal Railway)
12:29               Arrive at Ugo-Nagatoro Station
12:50- 13:50            Lunch/Orientation
14:00- 16:40       1. Farming Activity (in Greenhouse)
                         2. Cooking Activity (Sweets)
17:50               Stay at an Onsen Inn

2nd Day (Saturday, February 20th, 2010.)
  7:00                Breakfast
  9:30- 11:00    Experience the life in Snowland
                         (Shoveling the snow, Snowplow, etc.)
11:00- 13:00    Cooking Class : Misotampo (broiled rice ball on stick)
13:00- 14:30    Information session on Semboku City
                            1. The four seasons and the geographics
                            2. Akiya (vacant) House System
15:00- 16:00   Seeing the vacant houses
16:30- 18:30   Dinner at Minshuku (Japanese style bed and breakfast inn)
19:00- 20:30   Trip to Tazawako Kogen Snow Festival
21:00               Stay at Minshuku

3rd Day (Sunday, February 21st, 2010.)
  7:00                Breakfast
  9:00- 9:30      Kakunodate Fuyugatari (Storytelling)
                          at Iwabashi Residence, a Samurai house.
  9:30-10:30     Walking in the street of Samurai houses
10:30-11:00     Farewell party

This tour is designed especially for prospects to move to Semboku City. More Information and reservation, call Sembokushi Juten Project Suishin Shitsu (0187-43-1241)


lina said...

What a great programme!
How I wish me and my family can join too. :)
It is interesting to know that Semboku doesn't have a fast food outlet. Really? Wow!
But with all the great Japanese food out there, why would one need fast food, right? :)

Tazawako Tourism Association said...

Well, we do have some shops with a sign says "fastfood" but what they mean is some dish which is prepared "fast"---like Ramen, Kiritanpo(local specialty of broiled rice ball on stick), and Takoyaki. People are healthy-conscious and live with and in the nature. We are blessed here with a wide variety of great foods from the nature :)

lina said...

I see that you changed the site's layout. Nice layout, looks more professional.

Tazawako Tourism Association said...

Thank you, Lina! My friend helped me out :)