On May 28th 2016, I attended the APRM (Asia Pasific Regional Meeting) in University of Kyoto, Japan. APRM is one of annual program from IFSA (International Forestry Student Association) which involve forestry student in Asia-Pasific to meet and discuss about forestry issues today, and the theme of APRM in Kyoto is “Our Neighbor Forest (Relation about forest and human being)”. Activities of APRM are lecturer and seminar that will consist the government, lectures, and other respective institution Japan to share about forestry in Japan, and then workshop. In this session all of participants have to present their paper in front of other participants and also the lectures from Kyoto University. Field trip, scheduled with some venues about forestry in Japan, and then the last is cultural night for share about our culture.
On the first day, we started the day with had a breakfast in accomodation, and after that we went to Kyoto University to join the open of ceremony. The opening ceremony was held on Masakawa building in Kyoto University. In opening ceremony, the head of OC (organizing committee) Ryota Sasaki gave a speech, and also Veronica Luang as a Regional Representative for Asia Pasific gave her speech to open this event.
After that, we had a lecturer from Prof. Kanzaki from Kyoto University. Kanzaki sensei talked about forestry situation in Japan. Forest in Japan is dominated from one species of tree which is original from Japan, the name of the tree is Criptomeria japonica or Japanese people usually call it “Sugi”. The utilization of sugi are for furniture, a pillar in temple, event to make a chopstick. Sugi is a very valuable timber in Japan and the prize of sugi is so expensive. But although sugi has a very expensive prize, Japanese people always use sugi as their material furniture, they keeping the existence of Sugi.
The next session was, tour lab. We had a tour to Laboratorium of forestry in Kyoto University, and some professor also introduce their lab to us.
In the night, we held an International night and dinner. In international night each country showed their culture by wore their traditional clothes, dance, sing, and also brought their local food. After the performances from each country, we made a food fair so we can share our food or gave them some souvenir from each country. the delegates from are combining the dancing and the song from Indonesia, we sang Sik sik sibatumanikam, Ampar ampar Pisang, Jangi Janger, Manuk dadali, Yamko rambe yamko and Kampuang nan jauh di mato.
In the second day, we had a tour to Ashiu forest research station, we took around one hour from accommodation to ashiu by Bus. When we arrived at Ashiu, we had a lectures first from Prof. Nakagawa and her assistant.
They explained about the Ashiu forest, and still about the endemic species of Japan Criptomeria japonica or we call sugi. In ashiu forest we ca found so many variety of Criptomeria japonica or Japanese cedar. Ashiu is also the inhabitants of animal. We can easly found the Japanese hawk-eagle, Japanese Goshwak, and event the salamander one of reptile species that we can not found in Indonesia. In ashiu forest we also can found the river. For information river in Japan is very clean. Not only river in forest, but also the river in the middle of the city, until we can found the firefly in the night easly (firefly can be use as indicator of water, if there are a lot of firefly that means very clean water).
On the third day, we visited the Kamigamo experimental forest. In Kamigamo, we had a lecturer about pine in Japan. In Kamigamo, we can found so many strobilus of pines from around the world.
After that, we can looked outside and we can found an unique things. We can saw the root of pines is not inside the ground, but they grew on the groud. The reason why is because Kamigamo is really high of moisture because kamigami have a lot of the river and near from there. That’s why the root is appear on the ground to get the oxygen.
After we visited kamigamo, we went to Kitayama-sugi. Kitayama is a center utilizes a lavish amount of Kitayama Maruta and other woods of Kyoto origin for construction and interior materials. In Kitayama, we learnt about how to clean sugi from its skin after it cuts. They still use a traditional way to clean the skin of sugi, they think that is the best way to keep the quality of sugi. We also can see so many variant of sugi utilization.
On the 4th day, we started the day with having a breakfast and then went to Nara. Nara is located south Kyoto. It is well known that in 710 Japan’s first permanent capital “Heijyo-Kyo” was established in Nara. Nara park is a large park when we can encounter lots of deer.
After that we went to the temple inside Nara, inside the temple we can found the statue of Budha in a very large size. Some budhist do a pray inside the tmple.
We continued with went up to Wakakusa mountain that located behind the tample.
Finally on the last day, after had a breakfast we went to Syunko-in Temple. On Syunko-in Temple, we did a meditation with the trainer. After we did a meditation they served a traditional rice cake and matcha both original cuisine from Japan.
After we finished the meditation and enjoy the temple, we moved to Kyoto University with presentation agenda. Each LC had 10 minute to present their paper, and then 5 minute to discussion. IFSA LC-IPB got the first turn to present the paper.
After presentation session, we moved to IFSA official session. In this session, we discuss and present our opinion and everything about APRM 2016.
Finally we did our farewell dinner. The farewell diner was held on Cafetaria of Kyoto University. The farewell dinner, Ryota Sasaki as a president of IFSA-LC Kyoto University gave his speech, and continued with we ate our dinner together and ryota gave us the certificate.