第二回 宮崎研究室 夏合宿 2007
Miyazaki Lab Summer (Gasshuku) Camp 2007


The second summer ''gasshuku' camp of Miyazaki Lab took place on September 15th and 16th in Koufu-city, Yamanashi prefacture. Prof. Miyazaki including ten members from the lab (D3 Nazrul, D3 Inoue, D2 Moriya, D1 Shimada, M2 Awaya, M2 Hashimoto, M2 Okabe, M2 Aoki, M1 Saitoh) participated in this two-day gasshuku. Participating in this gasshuku, not only was I intellectually stimulated, but also by spending time with the lab members, I was able to learn more about them and become more close to them, and I believe that the others also felt the same way. Here I give you the details and remarks of this year's gasshuku.

Sep 15, 2007 Day 1


The gasshuku started off in the afternoon with presentation seminars given by Nazrul and Inoue, followed by group presentations by Okabe-Aoki and Awaya-Saitoh teams. The group presentations were extensions of some studies obtained in the lab's normally held seminars, which was the application of Econometrics and Tech-Mining.

After the presentation and discussions, we engaged in two debates. One was on the adoption of daylight saving time in Japan, and the other was on whether one billion dollars should be invested in moon exploration or in startup ventures. Everyone became very much involved in these debates and we were able to have a lively exchange of our perceptions.


Prof. Miyazaki had prepared an interesting workshop on communication skills for us, which included tongue twisters and an expression/explanation activity. With the latter, each person was given a photo, and without showing the photo to other members we were to explain in detail what was in the photo. The other members imagined what the photo was like in their heads. Some were very good at explaining the photos, but I think we all learned the importance of communication skills through recognizing the difficulty of clearly explaining to others what was perceived with our eyes.

Then we enjoyed our dinner and also some drinks at the party. I think that all of us had fun conversing with each other, learning more about each other and also enjoyed the wine.


(Day 1, Group photo in Gasshuku Dinner:
from left to right: Saito, Awaya, Prof. Miyazaki, Hashimoto, Aoki, Inoue, Okabe, Nazrul)

Sep 16, 2007 Day 2


Despite the short hours of sleep, all members were up and ready in the morning to enjoy Day 2: sightseeing. Some members had to leave in the morning, but the members that were left (Prof. Miyazaki, Nazrul, Moriya, Awaya, Hashimoto, Saitoh, Aoki) visited Takeda Shrine 武田神社 first to start off our day.

Takeda Shrine was the last stop for Prof. Miyazaki and Saitoh. Nazrul, Moriya, Awaya, Hashimoto and Aoki continued our tour in Koufu. We visited Shosen Gorge 昇 仙峡 which was a 45 minute drive from Koufu-city. There was spectacular scenery. We spent some time with the beautiful nature and refreshing air. The weather suited the trip very nicely, and this was the end of our 2007 Miyazaki Lab gasshuku.


(Day 2, Group photo at Takeda Shrine: from left to right: Aoki, Prof. Miyazaki, Hashimoto, Moriya, Awaya, Nazrul)


(Day 2, Enjoying a cup of tea. from left to right: Moriya, Aoki, Awaya, Nazrul)


(Day 2, at OOtaki, From left to right: Nazrul, Aoki, Moriya, Hashimoto. Missing: Awaya)

Spending time with lab members at gasshuku opened a door that could not be opened with the usual interactions in the lab. Through seminar discussions and activities like the debate, we were able to tell each other about our different views and also at the same time hear what others had in mind. Yes, we do discuss about our studies in our normally held seminars, but we do not really have a chance to actively exchange opinions about the set of values that each of us hold for the more everyday-daily-issues. This was definitely a positive experience and significantly strengthened our bonds together. I would like to thank Prof. Miyazaki for organizing and taking charge of this wonderful experience and I hope that the gasshuku will continue to take place in the years that follow.


Ruriko Aoki October 9, 2007
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Innovation Management,
Department of Management of Technology, Miyazaki Lab

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