Social Cohesion Model Project Enshu Hama Summer Festival, Exchange Through Samba
The 40th Summer Festival took place in the Enshu Hama area of Minami-ku in Hamamatsu City on Saturday August 7th. Around 5000 residents gathered in the Enshuhama area and about 1000 of these comprised of Brazilians, Chinese and various other nationalities. In the community, foreigners live a normal lifestyle just like other residents however, the neighborhood self-governing association for the first time this year, planned for a Samba dance at the summer festival in order to promote the acceptance of exchange among all citizens. Eliane Yamashiro who lives in the same area was requested to be the teacher and thought the simple samba dance. On that day not only kids, but adults too displayed a light rhythm with good steps which brought the Japanese citizens to take part on the spur of the moment. At the end of the dance, they formed a big circle.
The Hamamatsu Multicultural Center introduced the samba teacher to the neighborhood self-governing association and supported from behind the scenes. The Center will continue to support the neighborhood self-governing associations at a local level in order to create a society where all residents can live comfortably.