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INAKA NO ARUKIKATA: The Art of Immersion in Rural Japan – An Online Dialogue



 Welcome to INAKA NO ARUKIKATA: The Art of Immersion in Rural Japan! Despite the increasing number of foreigners living in Japan, only a fraction opt for rural areas, leaving the allure of rural Japan relatively untapped. Through this program, we aim to bridge the gap by engaging with individuals who have embraced the essence of Japanese ‘Inaka’ or rural life. Whether they call it home or passionately support specific regions for diverse reasons, each person has a unique story to share. It’s our privilege to listen and learn from them, and through ThoughINAKA, we endeavor to feature these remarkable individuals and offer a platform to share their stories.


 We aim to highlight and recognize the exceptional individuals who have embraced rural life in Japan. As rural areas grapple with depopulation and an absence of young residents, the significance of foreigners in revitalizing these communities cannot be overstated. Through this program, we seek to shed light on the valuable contributions made by individuals who have chosen to live in or support rural Japan. We aim to foster mutual understanding and appreciation between rural residents and foreigners by sharing their stories. Furthermore, we aspire to inspire others to engage with and endorse these individuals’ endeavors, ultimately contributing to the sustainability and vibrancy of rural Japan.


Our guest for this session is Marie.


Hi ! I’m Marie, from the Champagne region of France.

In 2016, I participated in the JET Programme and was appointed as a Coordinator of International Relations in Misasa Town, Tottori Prefecture. That was my first encounter with rural Japan.

In addition to my international exchange duties in Misasa, I was appointed as a tourism coordinator and used social media to promote the attractions of Tottori Prefecture in three languages.

Currently, I work as an Tourism Consultant and Content Creator based in Hiroshima Prefecture and operate nationwide.

I really enjoyed my six years of rural life in the countryside of Tottori Prefecture, and as a tourism ambassador, I continue to work to introduce the charm of Tottori Prefecture to many people.

Date and Time

2024/03/23 17:00 to 18:30 JST

Feel free to join at your convenience. It’s okay to join or leave midway.

Online Event

Zoom (we will send the Zoom link to the people who enroll)

Who Can Participate

Anyone keen on rural Japan and wants to connect with like-hearted people.


Simple Japanese. We are highly concerned about cross-cultural communication, so if you are interested in the Japanese language, this will also be a chance to immerse yourself with people. If you do not understand, do not hesitate to ask us.


Fill out the form in the link and send it before the 20th of March.


Opening: Introduction of ThoughINAKA: an overview of the event.

Guest Presentation: Presentation by our guest about rural life and experiences. Discussion on their endeavors in rural areas.

Q&A: Question and answer session between participants and guests. Exchange of opinions and experiences.

Networking: Time for participants to interact and exchange information with each other.

We look forward to welcoming you to this enriching event!