This morning at 9:30 am, the journey to explore and learn had begun for 23 campers at Shinjuku Bus terminal. Their destination, Achimura Namiai, is a small rural town in the countryside of Nagano. From today, they will begin their 28 day adventure into nature to experience and learn a side of life that has been forgotten in the modern years through technology. As they all gathered, we all immediately started to introduce and create new friendships as we all introduced our background from various countries all over the world. They all immediately learned the necessity of reliance on one another and helped each other out carrying each others luggage for those who needed help and collected trash as a team from the lunch obento that was eaten in the bus. Though it was a long four-hour bus ride, it was also a moment necessary for everyone to sit down and talk to one another. After arriving at the camp site, they all sat and listened to the few rules that has been set beforehand to be enacted at the camp. And for the other rules, they will be established over time as each camper learns the necessity to set them to live together for the month to come. Then the campers all sat in a circle and stood up to introduce our name, age and background. They then engaged in some ice-breakers that involved teamwork in order to play and as a result, the campers were able to build a bond between one another. After the campers learned about one another thoroughly, they were assigned to separate rooms in groups of threes and fours. The people in each room will not only be living in the same room for the coming weeks but also used in further activities to come. Now separated into different groups, they were introduced to this year’s presentation topic which is “Natural Catastrophes”. A project aimed to not only understand what the natural catastrophes are, but on top of that a means to survive under these conditions, and the harsh reality and impact it gives on the lives of the survivors who are robbed of everything in life. Each room was given the task to name their groups after a certain type of natural catastrophe as a mean to start pondering about the topic that was announced today. After completing the long day of today, the campers were relieved to eat dinner and take a moment to take in everything they learned in order to adapt to the new environment they are under. The campers were very helpful and understanding today and were well engaged with one another to make new friends. Although some were shy in the beginning, after given some time they all opened up after making new friends. From tomorrow they will begin their full day at this camp and live together as a team of friends for the days to come.