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ID 50631
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creator
Qu, Meng
Miyagawa Coulton, Tom
Funck, Carolin
subject
Relational Population
In-migrants
Community Revitalization
Declining Island
Rural Japan
abstract
The historical harbor village of Mitarai on the island of Osakishimojima epitomizes the problem of social decline in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. This research focuses on both Mitarai’s local community and the wider society. Through conducting a year-long survey of island residents, this research highlights how villagers expect to overcome the challenges relating to tourism development, maintenance of festivals and attracting in-migrants during a time when severe shrinkage, aging, and economic stagnation hinders all forms of community revitalization. Many residents wanted more people to know about Mitarai and its charms. The authors responded by creating an exhibition about Mitarai at the Hiroshima University Museum that promoted the town and the region to a young generation of students and other museum visitors. The results of a survey conducted among museum visitors showed how the exhibition increased awareness of Mitarai as a destination and respondents were more willing to support Mitarai’s annual festival. However, they were less likely to relocate permanently to the island. The research on the island combined with the subsequent survey of museumgoers highlighted a disparity between the hopes of the community and the reality of the situation. This paper considers the recent emergence of in-migrants with a relational role in revitalization and commuters with small businesses aimed at both locals and tourists as the main mechanisms for overcoming social decline and bringing vitality back to the community.
description
The lead author was supported by the Hiroshima University TAOYAKA Program for creating a flexible, enduring, peaceful society, which is funded by the Program for Leading Graduate Schools at the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
journal title
Bulletin of the Hiroshima University Museum
issue
Issue 12
start page
31
end page
46
date of issued
2020-12-25
publisher
広島大学総合博物館
issn
1884-3999
ncid
language
eng
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
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rights
Copyright (c) 2020 広島大学総合博物館 Hiroshima University Museum
department
Hiroshima University Museum
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