Understanding environment through culture, UEHIRO×WASEDA Seminar series


Our group’s topic is restoration, and today in class we have considered and discussed “traditional crafts” from diverse perspectives, especially with the scope of SWOT.   Our discussion has come to the keyword of “Rediscovery.” It is significant for the authentic and original skills, pearls of wisdom and stories behind the declining traditional crafts to be rediscovered, not only by the world or the young generations but also by the people within the rural community themselves, in order to appropriately restore those invaluable assets that have been handed down over the generations.

Dialogue & Discussion

We thought that there are similarities and differences between dialogue and discussion, and the similarity is to share opinions and the difference is its purpose. Dialogue is conducted in order to just accept others’ opinions and to get to know the other party, as in  daily conversation.  On the other hand, discussion is conducted in order to exchange opinions on a theme or purpose and to draw a conclusion.

Dialogue vs Discussion

Our thoughts on the difference between dialogue and discussion is the connotation and purpose. Dialogue; Dialogue is a flexible conversation with two or more people. We think it has a more open and free connotation which allows for participants to be very vulnerable and very true to their feelings. The objective is to exchange opinions and know the other side. -heart to heart. Human to Human.   Discussion; Has a more logical and official connotation. It is more organized. A clear purpose to try and persuade the other party or to reach a level of common ground and come up with a compromise. It’s more of a battle to find […]


Our thoughts on dialogue and discussions are… Dialogue Discussion Primary goal To understand each other To come to a conclusion Topics Broad, can be personal Specific and objective Typical reply Uh-huh! (Participants accept each other’s perspective) Hmm, but… (Participants may deny each other to reach a conclusion)

Kintsugi Journey in Kyoto: Delivered Worldwide ONLINE

Kintsugi is the traditional Japanese practice of mending broken potteries. The Japanese spirits behind this practice- cherishing imperfections, leveraging the value of broken things through mending, have recently gained global attention, yet authentic kintsugi requires special materials and techniques that cannot be done very easily. This online workshop shares with participants materials, techniques, and broader, inspiring stories behind this traditional Japanese practice.

Online cooking event

cooking event

New-standard farm system

All resources are used

Farm Stand which use all resources

“Welcome Box of Local Craftsman”- An idea for the platform between urban and rural area

In every corner of Japan, unique and aesthetic craftworks have been developed and passed down in their specific historical, geographical, or economic contexts. However, these crafts have been dying out, as much more cost-effective, and convenient ways of life have been introduced by economic development and globalization. Utilizing these story-rich and valuable resources, this idea offers to cater to the needs and leverage people’s strengths in both the rural and urban areas.

Ideal Chair

We are Kosuke and Remi.
Our chair has multi-function which can make relaxing nature environment.
We have same needs that we want to be relaxed in nature, but it’s a bit difficult when you have to study at university in the big city.
So we made a chair which make you feel like you are being nature.
And if you want to be in the real nature, you can go to the sea by this chair. It has a chimney and can be a boat!