Kids & Youth
We held an EGAKU session at a summer school hosted by HLAB - a program run by under-
graduates from Harvard University and other universities for high school students - in Obuse,
Nagano Prefecture. The theme of the workshop: “Your Created Future – What You Value.”
Despite being a large scale, lively workshop with 82 high school students and university
students participating, the group exercise appreciating each others’ paintings gave everyone
the opportunity to really get to know each other.
So what did these students - our hope for the future - takeaway from this experience of
creating something from nothing?
"I had a chance to re-examine myself. Through this experience, I discovered what I want to
do in the future – and I never want to forget my will."
"It made me think I want to believe in myself - without limits, that’s how I want to live my life."
"It made me think, that in order to get closer to my ideal world, first I need to change."
"It made me think I want to become a person who has multiple perspectives – who isn’t
constrained by biases."
"When communicating my opinions to others, I realized the importance of really putting my
heart into it."
"It made me think now all I have to do is to charge ahead to my dream."
"I didn't know the house members very well, so I was so happy to be able to observe their
process from the workshop. I hope to deepen my relationship with housemates in the future."
"I want to do this sometime later again with the same theme and to see what I think at that
Theme: Your Created Future - What You Value
Program overview: EGAKU Program
Participants: 82 high school students and university students from Harvard University and other universities
Venue: Obuse Town Hall
Host institution: Obuse x Summer School by HLAB
Instructor: Kuni Yazawa
Facilitator: Kimi Hasebe
Interpreter: Ryoko Nakamura
Staff: Atsunori Hiraga, Yoshino Kuwahara
※ This program was run by White Ship’s non-profit arm, ELAB.