The center was founded in 1981 for offering after-school activities to so-called latchkey schoolchildren, and has continued to function as a community center for quality after-school programs. Many children participated in various programs that allowed them to enjoy constructively their after-school hours until they matured enough to be on their own after school. Recently, the negative aspects of children’s social environment has become a societal topic, seen in the bullying problem at school and child abuse which are frequently covered by the media. The center plays an important role in offering a place where children can relax and socialize with one another as well as with local residents. We help them to learn social skills all set in the healthy environment of a traditional sacred shrine forest. This also helps themcultivate their receptive minds thereby facilitating their love of nature and people.
|Target group||From 1st to 6th grade of elementary school.|
|Date and time||Monday - Saturday, 3-5 PM.|
|Available courses||Introduction to Shinto / "Heart education" / Tea ceremony / Kendo / Calligraphy / Singing / Art / English / Haiku / Photography / Music (and others)|
|Events||Summer training council / Excursions / Skating classes / Art appreciation / Culture festival and many more.|
|Lecturers||The lectures are given by school principals and experienced teachers, individuals holding qualifications and licenses in their respective fields, and Samukawa-jinja Shrine's priests.|
|Application process|| The application process is explained in early February. Please contact us in advance. As a rule, it is possible to take part in lectures and events every day.
※ Limited to children living in Samukawa town.
|Contact details||Samukawa-jinja Shrine Youth Hall.
Call 0467-74-05510467-74-0551 (direct line) or 0467-75-00040467-75-0004 (the main shrine)
This Boy Scout chapter was founded in 1973 with the hope of fostering a rich spirit and sound physique in children by offering them an opportunity to experience the rich nature found in the sacred forest of the shrine.