2020 Used Book Market – Change of Opening Hours

The opening hours of the 2020 Used Book Market will change starting July 1st. From yesterday, the 2020 Used Book Market officially opened! We are looking forward to your visit. As countermeasures to help prevent the spread of COVID19, we ask all visitors to follow the requests below when enjoying the Used Book Market. ● From Wednesday, July 1st, we will change the opening time of the market to 11:00 in the morning in order to provide extra time for staff to thoroughly disinfect the venue each day. ● Please be sure to check and implement the requests you find written throughout the venue, such as wearing masks and gloves. … Read more…

Announcement for the 2020 ARI Used Book Market

Opening of ARI Used Book Market June 22 (Mon) – September 30 (Wed) ARI’s popular Used Book Market will be opening again this year! Usually the book market is held in April every year, but it was postponed this year due to the effects of COVID19. However, we are happy to announce that the Used Book Market will be held from June 22!   All the used books start from 100 yen. The books include bestsellers, paperback books, picture books, art books, and old books, coming from all over Japan.   ARI’s Used Book Market has more than 10,000 books and many books written in English as well. Enjoy reading … Read more…

ARI’s 48th Opening Ceremony

The 48th Opening Ceremony was held at ARI on Friday, May 1st, with only ARI community members (students, staff, and volunteers) in attendance. Unlike usual years, due to the influence of COVID19, we were only able to hold a small Opening Ceremony. However, after a lot of preparation and effort, the 2020 participants were able to give their self-introductions in Japanese. They also shared about their strong desires to learn as much as they can at ARI. Every day the participants are doing everything they can to make the most out of the time they have here at the institute. All the members of the ARI community are looking forward … Read more…

Sharing the Blessings of Nature Through Food “Asian Rural Institute Health Sets”

Asian Rural Institute Health Sets A healthy body starts with a healthy diet. Agricultural Goods Set, Pork Set, Snack Set (Limited quantity, shipping included) Agricultural Goods Set Pork Set                                                Snack Set   Hello. How are you all? This year at the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) the schedule is very different from usual years, however, the participants are earnestly committed to learning as much as possible in their new environment and are enjoying their life here at ARI. Even in such a situation, we are thankful every day … Read more…

Japanese newsletter “Ajia no Tsuchi”: Report about the current situation of ARI

Japanese newsletter “Ajia no Tsuchi” With the spread of the Coronavirus, we have heard much concern about how we are conducting our program. Therefore, we have published an extra issue of our Japanese newsletter “Ajia no Tsuchi” to report about the current situation of ARI. For those who would like to see the extra issue of “Ajia no Tsuchi” newsletter click here:Ajia no Tsuchi April Extra Issue Contents of the extra issue are as follows: P1 ・ Current Status Report       By Tomoko Arakawa (Director of the Asian Rural Institute) P2 ・ VOICE of Asian Rural Institute’s Residents       Featuring Zacivolu Rhakho Dozo (FEAST (Meal Service) Staff) P3 ・ Corresponding … Read more…

48th Opening Ceremony: we have decided to postpone and host an internal ceremony.

In the midst of all the confusion throughout Japan and the world due to CORVID-19, the Asian Rural Institute is still planning on holding it`s 2020 Rural Leader`s Training Program, welcoming many participants from Africa and Asia.  Yet, due to the contagious CORVID-19 we must change the start date of this year’s program.  We will therefore have the opening ceremonies for this year’s program on Friday, May 1st with the participants who arrive by the end of April, staff and volunteers.  Unfortunately, this means that we will not be able to welcome outside guests to this year’s opening ceremonies. Other annual events in April and May will also be affected … Read more…

The 47th Commencement Service

With the grace of God, we are happy to announce the Commencement Service of the Asian Rural Institute this year to be held on December 14th, Saturday. We would like to welcome you to join this Commencement Service to encourage participants who will be returning to their countries with what they have learnt and also with a full of hope.   Date: Saturday, December 14th 2019, 13:30 – 15:00 Place: the Asian Rural Institute, Koinonia House *After the service, we will hold a small tea party.   Nearest Station: Nasushiobara Station, Tohoku Shinkansen *We have a bus service from west exit of Nasushiobara Station departing at 12:30, Departing at 16:00 … Read more…

(日本語) 体験入学会

体験入学会 体験入学会 アジア学院に興味のある方、有機農業や、草の根の国際協力活動の現場を見学したい方には特におすすめです。 1日目は、キャンパツアーをしながらアジア学院がどんな学校なのかを知っていただきます。アジア学院の学生たちと一緒に食卓を囲みランチの後、午後は学生の卒業プレゼンテーションを見学します。 夕方に農作業体験、それから夕飯。 2日目は、アジア学院の住民たちと一緒に朝のラジオ体操から始まり、農作業、朝ごはん。そして、毎朝チャペルで行われている朝の集いに参加していただきます。その後、入学オリエンテーション、お部屋の掃除をして解散となります。 食と命、持続可能性と平和など、多くのテーマをぎゅっと凝縮して、1泊2日で気軽に参加できるプログラムです。入学や長期ボランティアを検討中の方はもちろん、アジア学院に興味がある方はどなたでもご参加いただけます。 日時 第1回 9月20日(金) ~ 9月21日(土)<終了>第2回 12月2日(月)~ 12月3日(火) 10:30集合、翌日 12:00解散予定 集合場所 アジア学院 那須セミナーハウス (栃木県那須塩原市槻沢420-22) コンテンツ DAY1 10:30  集合・オリエンテーション11:00  キャンパスツアー12:30 ランチ(スタッフ、学生、ボランティアと一緒に食べるオーガニックミールです!)13:30 学生のプレゼンテーション見学16:00 夕方の農作業体験18:30  夕食 DAY2 06:30  ラジオ体操07:00  朝の農作業体験08:15  朝食09:30  朝の集い10:30  お部屋の清掃11:30  クロージング12:00 解散 参加費 宿泊の方 5,000円(プログラム・宿泊・食事3食・税込) お申込み メール、お電話で事前にお申込ください。 ※日本人学生希望 or 長期ボランティア希望の方には、別途オリエンテーションがありますので、お申し込み時にお伝えください。 ★キャンセルされる場合にはお手数ですが必ずご一報ください。★学内圃場には柵のない高低差のある場所がありますので、歩きやすい靴を着用ください。★未就学児のご参加の場合、必ず保護者同伴でお願い致します。 お申込み・お問合せ先 担当:佐藤ひろみメール: info@ari-edu.orgお電話: 0287-36-3111