From September 27th to the 30th, we took part in the Sakhalin Workshop. The Sakhalin Workshop is a program which we visit the Sakhalin region of Russia to learn about our theme, “Living with Multiculturalism.” This workshop started last year. Five third-year students from the Ritsumei Course who attended the lecture “Tourism Development” participated this year. They visited the town of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in the Sakhalin region.
During this year’s “Tourism Development” lecture, the main theme was “Promoting Inbound Tourism.” In order to learn how to bring more Russian tourists to Japan as well as increasing the number of Japanese tourists to Russia, we went there to gather materials, such as mass-media materials. In addition, last year, due to Ritsumeikan and Sakhalin being in a joint collaboration project, we made a courtesy visit to the state government to report about last year’s collaboration. We were graced with being warmly greeted by the deputy representative of the state and other important employees. We were very thankful, and it left us with many wonderful memories.
During this visit, we successfully gathered much useful materials and information about Sakhalin. We would like to thank the following people from the bottom of our hearts, beginning with Mr. Abe, all of the people at the Sakhalin office of the Hokkaido government, all of the teachers and students who greeted us at the First Gimnazia School, Mr. Tatsuta and related persons at Hokkaido Bank, and finally our translator for the entire trip, Ms. Rinma.