I am a university student from Hong Kong and have volunteered in Okayama for one week.
During my stay, we went to Shiraishi Island with Mr. Tetsuya. It was a wonderful experience immersing to the beautiful natural environment in Shiraishi Isalnd. We hiked at daytime to help record the japanese temples on the mountain. It was not easy for non-experienced people to hike there was people were very helpful and we had a lot of fun finding those temples like having a treasure hunt. We also went to the weaving workshop in the Island and learnt about the traditional cotton weaving in Shraishi Island, which was interesting and i learnt a lot from it. We stayed at the Shiraishi Intenational Villa for a night with the pleasent environment, the place was nice and we tried some local japanese cooking.
Apart from the visit to Shuraishi Island, we volunteered in the COINN Office. It was not only helping with works in COINN, but also communicating with the staffs and helpers as a part of cultural exchange. We had a good time here.
Overall, it was an amazing stay in Okayama and I enjoyed a lot. Thank you for all the kindness from Mr. Tetsuya for hosting us, as well as all people we met.