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Taiwan-Japan Exchange on Environmental Education through Picture Books - 2019 International Seminar and Workshop on Innovative Applications of National Park Picture Books

The Construction and Planning Agency of the Ministry of the Interior held an international seminar and workshop at the National Taichung University of Science and Technology from September 19 to 20 (Thursday-Friday). Practitioners and volunteers involved in environmental education, nature activities, and outdoor education were invited to participate in the event, under the hope of encouraging implementation of related strategies and development guidelines for the future of environmental education.

Representative of the Kitakyushu Nature Guide Research Association, Ms. Haraga, was once again invited to Taiwan to present cloth art theater. When discussing the creative process, Ms. Haraga thought it would be a good idea to combine picture books and cloth art theater into a “bag museum”. A large piece of cloth can be used as the picture book’s background, handmade cloth puppets can be included when narrating a story, and after the ending, everything can be packed away into a bundle. This would not only be convenient to carry, but the materials can be taken apart and washed, and the components can also easily be used to interact with the audience to introduce the diversity of animals and their growth processes.

The workshop took place on the second day. Ms. Haraga used the famous poetry collection of the Japanese poet Naoko Kudo as the creative inspiration to let the participants draw their own scenery landscape on paper. Then the paper with the pictures are cut out into wildlife shapes and made into a one-page picture book to narrate their own story. Then, finally, they put on head bands for an impromptu performance. This was a fun and simple method to use the imagination and bring it into practice.

Representative of the Kitakyushu Nature Guide Research Association, Ms. Haraga, was once again invited to Taiwan to present cloth art theater.
Representative of the Kitakyushu Nature Guide Research
Association, Ms. Haraga, was once again invited to
Taiwan to present cloth art theater.

Ms. Haraga used the famous poetry collection of the Japanese poet Naoko Kudo as the creative inspiration to let the participants draw their own scenery landscape on paper.
Ms. Haraga used the famous poetry collection of the
Japanese poet  Naoko Kudo as the creative inspiration
to let the participants draw  their own scenery
landscape on paper.
 Then the paper with the pictures are cut out into wildlife shapes and made into a one-page picture book to narrate their own story. Then, finally, they put on head bands for an impromptu performance.
Then the paper with the pictures are cut out into
wildlife shapes  and made into a one-page picture book
to narrate their own story.  Then, finally, they put on
head bands for an impromptu performance.

Ms. Shikatani, who was inspired by Ms. Haraga after she returned home from the seminar in 2010, began to create cloth art theater to introduce the Okinawa intertidal zone. This originated from the consideration that due to weather concerns, or for children with physical disabilities, it is difficult to go to the seaside for observation. So they can first go to class indoors and learn about the marine creatures through the carefully crafted hand-puppets that are made according to the physiological structures of the organism.

The seminar and workshop also featured the “35 Coral Reef Conservation Monopoly” game using T-shirts (35 is a homonym for “coral” in Japanese). The 35 T-shirts in different colors can be flexibly arranged, each having a different meaning. Players can use the game to think about the interdependence between humans and the natural environment. At the workshop, Ms. Shikatani went one step further and asked the participants to design their own ecosystem monopoly game for the environmental issues they care about and share the creative concept with everyone.

Ms. Shikatani asked the students to create ecosystem food chains by using colored paper and colored pencils to draw natural elements and organisms, and link them together with clips and string, representing the activities of the ecosystem food chain. In the end, the participants were encouraged to think about how to link everyone’s work together to form one large ecosystem.

We are certain that the two-day seminar and workshop revitalized and brought a bounty of benefits to the practitioners and volunteers. In addition, the events will lead to more conceptual ideas and implementation methods for environmental education through picture books. We will work together to achieve the goal of nurturing high-quality environmental educators.

 

The seminar and workshop also featured the “35 Coral Reef Conservation Monopoly” game using T-shirts (35 is a homonym for “coral” in Japanese).
The seminar and workshop also featured the
“35 Coral Reef Conservation Monopoly” game using T-shirts
(35 is a homonym for “coral” in Japanese).
Ms. Shikatani asked the students to create ecosystem food chains by using colored paper and colored pencils to draw natural elements and organisms, and link them together with clips and string, representing the activities of the ecosystem food chain.
Ms. Shikatani asked the students to create ecosystem
food chains by using colored paper and colored pencils
to draw natural elements and organisms.