Time Machine MATSUYAMA
Project Narrative Page
Entry Project for The 1999 International Schools Cyber Fair

International Schools CyberFair 99
Project Narrative

Information About Our Site

1. Link to our CyberFair 99 Entry

3. Link to our School Home Page

4. Date of Project: March 31st, 1999

5. School: King's English School KUMANODAI

District: Kumanodai

City: Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan

6. Teachers or Classes:

Ms.Kana Masutani, Ms.Maho Shiraishi, Mr.Shouhei Kajikawa, Mr.Naotake Takahashi,

Mr. Hiroki Ochiai, Mr.Kazuya Masuda, Mr.Kazuki Shimizu, Mr.Takeru Iwamoto,

Mr. Munemasa Chosokabe, Mr.Terutaka Akimoto

Mr. Masaki Seike, the instructor

7. How many students worked on this project? 10 students

8. Their ages were: : 14 - 18 years of age

9. Project Contact Email: masaki@dokidoki.ne.jp

Project Overview

1. We entered our Web site in CyberFair Category: Local Specialities

2. Description of "Our Community"

Our city of Matsuyama locates in the south-west of Japan on Shikoku Island, where Ehime Prefecture lies. The growing number of its population, approx. 450,000, is the middle size city in Japan. And it enjoys rich nature and the easy access to Kyushu Island by ferry boat or to the Honshu Main Island by both ferry boats or the world famous and longest connected bridges "SETOOHASHI BRIDGE". In the center of downtown, we have a beautiful castle called Matsuyama Castle, and it has been loved by people of Matsuyama many years since it completed its construction in 1602.

Our Local Community

Matsuyama City

City View of Matsuyama

3. Summary of Our Project

Our cyberfair project is called "Time Machine MATSUYAMA" and it will describe the four main features of Matsuyama City: Matsuyama Castle, Dogo Hot Spring, Downtown Area, and Tobe Pottery through many events of its history. For example, over 3,000 Russian POWs from the Russian-Japan War in 1904 were here in Matsuyama and they were allowed to go outside the concentration camp and enjoyed visiting to the oldest hot spring in Japan, Dogo Hot Spring, or attended a bicycle race among the Japanese citizens, some of them invited their family to Japan and lent houses near the camp. And our city was once famous for the unbelievable hospitality among those Russian soldiers who were fighting in the front line. Our students made a field trip to these historical site in Matsuyama on their bicycle this summer and report what they found there on our web site. "Time Machine Matsuyama" will also take the readers back in time in the post-war of Japan in Matsuyama with precious pictures were taken by the residents at the time.

4. Our Internet Access

Our school has an ISDN line by its own, but since we have asked our local companies for their help for our project, our Internet provider, Magical Island, kindly offered us a free space on their server computer for us to work with. In the beginning of our work, we didn't have Local Area Network, but we do have it now and it has been a great way for us to work on the project.

5. Problems We Had To Overcome

6. Our Project Sound Bite

History is something we all related to somehow, but also many of us often forget the connection and live without it. The main reason our school worked on this project was to reestablish the connection between our students and the history of where we were born and we have been living for many years. And we had our students to discover the interesting stories have been taught for generations on their feet.

Project Elements

This section explains how your project addressed the project elements found in the CyberFair Assignment to Schools.

1) How did your activities and research for this International School CyberFair project support your required course work and curriculum requirements?

2) What information tools and technologies did you use to complete your CyberFair project?

3) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

We contacted people in various ways. For the research of the Russian POWs, our students visited a priest whose grand father used to take care of the Russian Soldier at Chokenji Temple. For Tobe Pottery, other students visited a potter who donated his work to the United Nation Office in Geneva for the world peace. We also were invited to a wonderful dinner party at Dogo Youth Hostel on our trip. Mr.Sumihiro Kyakuno who retired from the position of chief Editor of Ehime Newspaper company, allowed us to use magazines published in 1904 which describes how Russian soldiers lived in Matsuyama. And we introduced some part of the magazines on our projects. And through one of the articles from the magazines, we happened to know Mr. Ken Newcomb who lives in Canada and conducts a webpage for Newcomb Family. We found out a fact from the magazines that one of Newcomb Family member was here in Matsuyama visiting Russian Soldiers from the States in 1904! We emailed him a copy of the article and some pictures. Now it is introduced on his website as well.

Last year, we won the second place of the Cyberfair category of "Local Specialities." And we were introduced on local TVs and Newspapers. This year, we are on TV before the competition and not only people of Matsuyama, but Ehime Prefecture will see our result of the CyberFair 99 Project in May.

Nakajima -A Challenge of My Father -

Ehime Newspaper, June 3rd, 1998

Local News

Ehime TV, June 1998

Ehime Evening News

NHK, July 1998

Tonikaku Ehime

Ehime TV, June 1998

Time Machine Matsuyama

Ehime Newspaper, January 3rd, 1999

Nankai Evening News

Nankai News, February 1999

Mr. Takeru Iwamoto, one of our students

Nankai News, February 1999

Magazines Published in 1904

Nankai News, February 1999

Mr. Shouji Hara, a member of the Association of Okaido Shopping Arcade

Nankai News, February 1999

4) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Students start to be aware of the relations between our local history and theirs. And seems that they have started to build a confidence in themselves that now they can talk about our home town not only in Japanese but in English as well.

We presented the idea of being international to our community. Being international is nothing but you can talk about yourself and your town and being proud of both of them.

5) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Our project has been supported and sponsored by following people and companies:

Our Sponsors

Mr.Bunji Matsushita - Founder of King's English School

He supported us financially. Thank you, Bunji Sensei!

Mr.Hisashi Ninomiya - CEO for VANGUARD Co.,LTD.

He donated us 10 white T-shirts for our students. He used to be our student. And Helped us in many ways.

Mr. Hara Shouji and other associates - the Association of Okaido Shopping Arcade

He collected all the donation from the association members. Students are going to get about $20 each of Book tickets for further study.

Mrs.Mitsuru Kamikubota - Student of KUMANODAI Class

She donated us and allowed us to use her family photos in our project.

Mr. Youcihi Toshinari - Father of Chiharu Toshinari who participated in the CyberFair 98

He donated us and supported us in many ways.

Ms.Yayomi Miya Higaki - Student of KUMANODAI Class

She donated us and supported us in many ways.

Ms.Mika Fujiwara - Student of KUMANODAI Class

She donated us and supported us in many ways.

Ms. Shiho Hiraishi - Student of KUMANODAI Class

She donated us and supported us in many ways.

Ms.Mihoko Tamanoi - Mother of Our Student of KUMANODAI Class

She donated us and supported us in many ways.

Mr. Hiroshi Iwamoto - Father of Our Student, Mr.Takeru Iwamoto

She donated us and supported us in many ways.

Mr.Toshiaki Ono - Brother-in-law of Director Masaki Seike

He donated us and supported us in many ways.

Our Helpers and Associates

Mr. Masumi Abe - Sentius Co. CA. USA

Helped us to make a contract with them, and provided their wonderful technology for our project.

Mr.Yasuhiko Shiraishi - Potter of Tobe-Yaki in Tobe Town

We interviewed him and he gave us many references about his work, the blue planet of life.

Mr. Norio Yamamoto - President of a company producing insulators in Tobe.

We interviewed him and he told us the interesting story of "Hidariuma", introduced in our project.

Mr. Isao Hayashi - the executive secretary of the Association for Okaido Shopping Arcade 1 chome.

Helped us to meet the people of the Okaido Shopping Arcade and to have the materials for Okaido Shops.

Mr. Minoru Oonishi - the executive secretary of the Association for Okaido Shopping Arcade3 chome

Helped us to have the materials for Okaido Shops.

Mr. Seijiro Mukai - A coordinator for the Russian and Japanese Children Exchange

Kindly allowed us to use pictures of their activities and documents.

Matsuyama Youth Hostel and People we met there.

Invited our students for a wonderful dinner and let us rest there after we came back from our field trip for Dogo area.

Mr.Hideaki Miyamoto -Data Control Dept. of Ehime Shinbun Newspaper Co.

Allowed us to use some photo from their website.

Mr.Sumihiro Kyakuno - Writer and Ex-editor of Ehime Shinbun Newspaper Co.

Allowed us to use magazines published in 1904 about the life of Russian POWs in Matsuyama.

Mr.Mitsunori Tsuji - Assistant section chief of Commerce and Industry Development Dept. of Tobe Town.

Contacted to Myojo Printing Company for us to get the permission of translating and publishing the Tobe Comic in English.

Myojo Printing Co.,LTD.

Holds the copyright of Tobe Comic and allowed us to use them for our projects.

Ms.Shiho Tamanoi - Student of KUMANODAI Class

Ms.Hiroko Omori - Student of KUMANODAI Class

These two ladies helped our students to translate the Tobe Comic into English. Thank you very much for your support!

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