Project Details

Code: NICE-17- 139
Start date: 29 jul 2017
End date: 07 ago 2017
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Country: Japan
State: Ibaraki
Airport: Narita/Haneda
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 99


The empowerment of local traditional festival in the region facing aging and depopulation.
This project is newly organized with Nagakura Tanabata Festival (NTF) executive committee in Hitachiomiya city. Tanabata festivals (Star Fest) are traditionally held throughout Japan in July, a date based on the old Chinese calendar. However, these festivals have been abolished in many places due to shortage of successors. Nagakura area is also facing aging and depopulation problems nowadays, and NTF committee is trying to preserve traditional NFT, which has been started since 1953 to activate the area after World War II.

Work And Activities

There are 2 mainly works. Schedule of work might be changed due to weather condition.

1) Helping a small but valuable traditional Tanabata Festival, such as cutting bamboos and making traditional bamboo decorations, setting up and cleaning up festival facilities.

2) Helping the local organic farmers to work on their farm such as cutting glasses or harvesting.

Accommodation And Food

Home stay. Volunteers will stay in one house and share rooms. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is needed.


Nagakura area of Hitachiomiya city. Hitachiomiya is northwest of Ibaraki prefecture.


Interested in Japanese culture, adaptability to simple living condition, and positive attitude to work outside in hot weather.


English (Japanese is also welcomed!)