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Students from JIU’s Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies Participate in the 2014 Asahi Sand Sculpture Exhibition





One featured work at the exhibition, the Eye of Sand

Students working hard on the sand pillars

Students assist children and parents with making their sand sculptures
Undergrads volunteer at the 2014 Asahi Sand Sculpture Exhibition

From Saturday, July 19 to Thursday, August 7, 2014,?a span of twenty days?the 2014 Asahi Sand Sculpture Exhibition was held on the Yasashigaura coast in Chiba’s Asahi city, drawing participation from willing Josai International University Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies undergrads who worked as volunteers.

Due to damage sustained from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, roughly 15% of Asahi city has been completely destroyed. Asahi’s Iioka district, where this year’s exhibition was held, also sustained severe damage, leading to the event’s cancellation in 2011. It was reopened, however, the following year and has been held each year since.

Thirteen JIU students (including three international students and two adult students) participated in the exhibition’s opening day?helping to supervise preparation and management of the children’s sand sculpture making event, sales at festival kiosks, and distribution of flyers.

Building the base for these sculptures required the construction of 80 pillars, 60 cm in diameter and 77 cm in height, by scooping sand and water into extra large hollowed-out plastic buckets. Using these mounds as a base, student volunteers were able to facilitate the children’s sand sculpture making experience, pouring all their energy and sweat into the job.

JIU’s Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies is likewise channeling much energy into practical education that emphasizes off-campus projects and field education to form local alliances and contribute to the vibrancy of the surrounding community.




 




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