Annual Oji Festa activity was held on November 11, 2007. Despite the strong wind on that day, it did not affect the enthusiasm of people to participate in the activity. Hundreds of people took part in the event from the surrounding area of Oji community.
This year, the theme of activity from University of Hyogo is based on learning the meaning of disaster signs. Since the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be held in Japan, and the national symbols will be updated all over the Japan, including the signs of disaster like floods, tsunami, landslide, debris flow and mass fire. Through the introduction of the latest disaster signs, as well as the disaster signs in real life near the region, so that to make people understand the meaning of disaster signs, pay attention to its existence in the daily life and improve people’s concern and attention of disasters eventually.
The first-year students of Disaster Nursing Global Leader Degree Program (DNGL) have hosted the event. Both of them are from China, a special bookmark has been designed. One side of the bookmark is disaster signs and explanations, and the other side is Chinese panda. Bookmark can be commonly used and Panda can also attract their love of bookmark. During the day, children can get the bookmark as a gift if they accurately answer the right question. Most of the children can understand the meaning of disaster signs easily, the rest of them also can understand it well after the explanation.
The actual disaster sign of the Oji community also displayed on that day, including Oji primary school, Akashi Kinugawa Junior middle school. The sign of elevation of sea level during the tsunami and place of shelter has aroused people’s attention. People said that they didn’t notice these signs before, and they would pay attention to it in the future.
The Oji Festa activity provides a good communication platform for residents, as well as the best opportunity to teach disaster knowledge to community residents. Community activities play an important role in disaster, it also laid a good foundation for further activities related to disaster.
(Reported by Hu Qin, 1st year student of DNGL)