Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration

At the Asian Rural Institute, we give thanks to God that we are alive and are grateful for all life, so we celebrate a two-day Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration during the rice harvest (the second Saturday and Sunday of October), which usually draws over 1,000 visitors. At this event, we do not only give thanks for the harvest, but also for all of our experiences both good and bad, for our growth as individuals, and for our community.

We have an ecumenical worship service each morning of the celebration and have a special culture show that displays the many talents of our community. We make dishes from various nations using our organic produce, and showcase handicrafts, songs and dance from the students’ countries in stage performances and a fundraising bazaar. These events are designed with the students in mind, and it is a part of their leadership training program at ARI.

The next HTC is going to take place on October 13 & 14, 2018!

2018 HTC Theme is “One World, One Love.”

Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration Volunteer Recruitment

Help us put on this event! Every year we recruit volunteers to help put on the Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration starting with preparation a week in advance and ending with clean-up afterwards.

What we’d like assistance with:

Activities assigned to different committees (preparing food from different countries, advertising, set up, reception, parking, event assistance, etc.)

Day-to-day tasks (cleaning up the campus, farm work, making meals, etc.)

How to apply:

Please contact the Asian Rural Institute by email, fax or postcard. Please include your name, address, age, gender, telephone number, and participation period (the date you will arrive at ARI and the date you will leave).

Contact information:  HTC Volunteer Coordinator (Yamashita)

Tel: 0287-36-3111 / Email:  nsh@ari-edu.org



Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration (HTC) Bazaar

The Asian Rural Institute’s Supporter Section will be collecting item donations for the bazaar they put on at the HTC. We plan to use the proceeds from both days towards Rural Leader scholarships. Therefore, if your family or organization has any of the following items and are not using them, we would appreciate you donating them.

Requested items:

New clothes and shoes, bags, towels, daily necessities, stationary, handicrafts, toys, kitchenware, gift certificates, canned goods, carbonated drinks, alcohol, gifts, furniture, home décor, electronics, audio-visual goods, household goods, tools, potted plants, gardening items, etc.

(Please avoid plastic dishes and secondhand clothing.)

Contact information: Asian Rural Institute, Bazaar Item Donation Coordinator (Yagisawa)

Tel: 0287-36-0936 /  Email: arisa@ari-edu.org