Tourism as a Resource for Reconstruction

It is one thing to recontruct houses (often with much subsidy), and it is another to sustain them. To do the latter, a community or region needs industry. Otherwise, how can people make their living there?

In case of Oshika Penisula, a group of architects believed that the key industry  must be tourim. Through their research, they unerthed some attractive landscapes and traditional activities for tourists, and proposed some model routes.

An Example of Proposed Tourist Routes (c) ArchiAid

Here is what Professor Chiba of University of Tokyo and Professor Kadowaki of Meiji University said about their projects:

The Oshika Peninsula is full of many different charms. Let alone seafood such as abalone, oyster and sea urchin, you can even get hold of venison, which is where the name of Oshika Peninsula is derived from. The sunset on the sea is grand, the mountains are overflowing with greenery, and you can feel its old history if you take the Kinkasan trail. Above all, Oshika has attractive people. There are not only fishermen that have always lived in this area, but also people who have recently started activities with the hope for Oshika’s reconstruction. At the Peninsula Support Study Meeting Tourism Working Group, discovering these charms of Oshika as tourism resources, and additionally joining these tourism resources as a network are being attempted. Specifically, the tourism information gathered by the universities assigned to each shore was summarized, noted on maps, and used to suggest model Oshika tourist routes for couples, friends, and families. From 2013 , collaboration has started with ISHINOMAKI2 .0 , who continue reconstruction activities in Ishinomaki city, work has started on creating an Oshika tourist map, as well as a tourism business knowledge base for tourism businesses.

 References: For the original article and more images, please go to ArchiAid Annual Rport 2012, page 52