So here I am, sitting in Starbucks in Yotsuya, back in civilization and reminiscing about the times in Kushiro. The trees changed colours from green to grey, and the rivers that I should to tread across have been replaced by asphalt. Nevertheless, this place is where I feel the most comfortable.
I have met a lot of people. All of these people have different agendas, different stories, and it really is different as compared to viewing them through a video or reading about them in articles. HER 2016 made me realise something extremely important, and that is the issue of communication.
Most sources of conflict, be it relationships or friendships or even businesses stem from the issue of communication. There are many opposing factions that we saw, such as the difference in ideologies between the My Pace farmers and the industrial farmers, or the issue of the Iwabokki Sluice that divides the Salmon Society and the Kushiro City fishery. There hasn’t been a platform to allow both sides to formally or even informally talk it out with each other, and I would like to think this course has provided some sort of opportunity for opposing factions, to bring them closer together in hopes that in the near future a compromise between both sides could be reached.
Another thing I noticed from most of the people there was their passion. Sure, it may have been selection bias, but compared to the attitudes of the salaryman in Tokyo who may be earning a lot more, the people there were happy. They were passionate about their cause, passionate about fighting and defending it, and passionate about spreading their information to other people. In Tokyo, it is hard to find people with a passion for their job. Most of them are just there for a simple pay check. Therefore, I would like to thank the majority of the shareholders to allowing me to see how passion can be an important factor while working.
Future students, if you are reading this and are still on the fence on whether or not you should join this course. Hop off that fence right now and go sign up. This truly was an unforgettable experience.