Recreation Therapy (Fukushi
Recreation) in Japan
Fukushi Recreation... perspective from an American visitor in Japan (by Charles Dixon). In late April of 1998, I had the privilege of traveling to Japan and
meeting Hiro Chino, Chieko Ukita, Motoko Miyake, Masako Ogawa, Yoshiko
Sumita and Masako Nagao to gain perspective on therapeutic recreation
in Japan. For the complete article and pictures, click
in Japan & US.
Suidobashi, Nichiguchi Kaikan
20-7 Misaki-cho 2 chome,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101 Japan
Organizing Department Directory
Motoko Miyake, Organizing Department
Masako Ogawa, Organizing Department
|Ukita-san is the chief
researcher at NRAJ.
She and Miyake-san has done
site visits in the US to study TR.
|Yokohama Rec-Craft Institute
Kanematsu Mutsumi, President
|Contact for Enge-therapy
(horticulture therapy in Japan)
|Sophia University (Japan)
|He and Noriko-san
& another person translated the 2nd edition of Peterson
& Gunn into Japanese.
They are planning to translate
the 3rd edition of Peterson & Gunn.
Peterson & Gunn into Japanese. Currently works at Asbury
Methodist Village in Washington, DC, co-chairs ATRA's International
Relations Committee, and is NRAJ's contact person in the US.
|Founder & past
editor of "Active Japan" & has impact on issues regarding
sports & recreation for persons with disabilities.
Project (in Japanese)
|University professor teaching
Fukushi Recreation at Mukogawa Women's University, Nishinomiya,
||Managing director of Fukuoka (
in Kyushu) City Recreation Association
||Teaching Fukushi Recreation and
its program plan at Kobe Kaigo Fukushi School(a school for care-workers)
||Associate Professor of Tokyo Kasei
Gakium University. Certified Welfare Recreation Worker.
Spent a whole year studying
TR independently with Dr. Gerald O'Morrow at RU l993-94.
Worked in various healthcare
facilities (MI, MR, NH, Rehab Centers, as well as in a number
of community-based PR depts.
Attended NRPA Congress in l995.
Special interest in working with physically disabled in outdoors
(Camping, Kayaking, Skiing).
Translated Schleien, McAvoy,
Lais, & Rynders 1993 book: Integrated Outdoor Education
& Adventure Programs very recently into Japanese.
|Yorio Chiba, Professor
of Social Work at Japan College of Social Work
||Just finished a 3
month (Apr.-Jun.) independent study with Dr. Gerald O'Morrow
at request of NRAJ. His focus is on frail and disabled elderly.
As a result, spent 3-4 days per wk. in Nursing Homes, Assisted
Living Ctrs, Day Care Ctrs., PR agencies.
He teaches Recreation at Japan
College of SW & Social Group Work at TOKO (not Tokyo)
Univ. Formerly worked at NRAJ.
He is certified Rec Worker.
Excellent feel for recreation in life or importance. He will
be translating Dr. O'Morrow's recent publication in management
||Wife of the Yorio Chiba. Specialist
in dance and movement. Works in Senior Citizen Ctr. plus volunteer
activity at other sites.
||CEO of Institute Takakashi, Japanese
which focues on providing recreation services to Institute of
President of Institute is Ritsuko
(Yama) Yamazaki and research specialist is Harukise Hirote.
Kaz comes every year to NRPA Congress.
He is also Professor of Science
and Education, Emeritus, at Tokyo University.
|Shinshiro Ebashi, (ret.) VP NRPJ
& Dir., The Institute of Leisure& Rec.
||Shaker & mover of recreation
& of NRAJ in Japan. Sometimes called "grandfather" of recreation.
Close ties with NRAP and attends all NRPA Congress. World-wide
walker; walks everywhere.
|Invitied to speak on TR through
NRPA at NRAJ national conference in Kumamoto, l995. Later lectured
at NRAJ office to invitied guest on TR
While in Tokyo toured a number
of Nursing Homes and Senior Citizen Centers. Quite impressed.
Aug. l996 spoke to healthcare
workers (about 30) on tour of heathcare facilities in metro
DC at NRPAoffice on history of TR. Tour sponsored by NRAJ.
Tour was directed by a TR woman from westcoast who at one
time taught in US.
|Professor at Nippon Sports Science
University in Tokyo, teaching Sports Management classes.
Translated Dr. Gerald O'Morrow's
TR text into Japanese. He also translated Paul Haun's Rec.:
A Medical Viewpoint.
Graduated from Indiana. St.
U. with MS and was Dr. O'Morrow's GA in l972. Imai toured
healthcare sites in US in l981. He Tried to initiate leisure
counseling programs when he returned to Japan in l974, but
with minimal success.
||TR Professor at University
of Wisconsin-La Cross (retired) who has presented at a conference in Yokohama
and at a special olympics conference in Tokyo. Tom is actively
seeking Japanese students for the school's therapeutic recreation
Association of Japan (NRAJ)- NRAJ was founded in 1938
and works to improve the quality of life for the people of Japan.
The NRAJ provides a variety of functions in administering and delivering
recreation services to association members, other recreation related
organizations, and the public at large. The Association provides in-service
courses for the training of recreation leaders, sponsors leisure research,
produces a monthly magazine, publishes books on leisure and recreation
issues, hosts industry conferences and seminars, and conducts several
recreation events for community participation. For additional info
and pictures, click here.
Rapport- Sports and Cultural Center for the Disabled.
Yokohama Rapport was opened on August 28, 1992 to commemorate the
final year of the United Nation's "Decade for the Disabled." The facility
adopted as its governing philosophy the ideal of the International
Year of the Disabled, which was to realize "Complete Participation
and Equality" for disabled persons. Click here for complete information and pictures about this unique facility serving
individuals with disabilities and non-disabled individuals in Japan.