Kawamuro Memorial Hospital, Inaho En, and Tsukushi-no-sato Studio are located
in the Echigo Plains of Joetsu City Suwa Region. They are facilities providing psychiatric
care, geriatric care, and social services for the disabled. In these facilities, many clients, elderly and
disabled, are striving to participate, to
rehabilitate themselves, to return to their communities, or to establish
their final resting place for themselves.
For the past 27 years or so, we have organized various activities based
on our vision for Normalization in collaboration with the residents of
our community. They included: Fureai Festival; Product
Exhibit; Tsukushi Festival. After we created the Hasagi Park in front of Inaho En in 2001, we decided
to organize BIG Hasagi Festival each year. We are happy to celeb rate our 19th
Hasagi Festival this year.
scenery created by Hasagi reflects the scenes from the seasonal changes in
Echigo Region. It evokes fond memories
for the people who grew up in this region and provides healing
opportunities. The Hasagi (rice plant
rack tree) in Echigo region is made by planting Tamo Tree or Han Tree to dry
the rice plant. For many centuries, the
farming families in this region have grown observing the relationship between
nature and Hasagi. I believe the
fundamental principle for creating our community is to be able to live and
smile with each other in regardless of having or not having disabilities. This principle, I believe, is a universal principle for community creation
transcending the concept of Normalization.
In order to achieve this principle, we have decided to hold a fundraising
marathon on October 5th, the day before Hasagi Festival this year. We named the marathon “Echigo Takada Hasagi
Farm Road Fundraising Marathon, or Hasagi Fundraising Marathon in
abbreviation”. We will be very pleased
if many people participate running and sharing happy relationship along the
Echigo Region farm road lined with Hasagi.
you for your interest and participation in the Hasagi Festival.
Yu Kawamuro, MD,PhD
Hasagi Festival Executive
(President, Wa-Dou Medical Welfare Group)