遠足とはWhat is ENSOKU?

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遠足は、主に日帰りで、学校単位で行われる日本ならではの旅行スタイルです。「日本をもっと知る」「自らの地域をより深く学ぶ」テーマが多く、多くの日本人にとって、<学校生活における最高の思い出>として刻み込まれています。ensorqはそんな共同参加型イベントである「遠足」を、大人仕様にカスタマイズしています。日本人と外国人が一緒になって「日本を遊ぶ」体験を、現地集合、現地解散形式で提供するサービスがensorqなのです!!

ENSOKU means a school excursion or field trip, generally a day trip organized by a school with a purpose of social and educational development. Common ENSOKU themes are “to know more about your own country” and “to learn about one’s local area more profoundly”. For many Japanese people, ENSOKU is one of the highlights of schooldays.

We arrange interactive-participatory events similar to ENSOKU into tours suitable for adults. The tours introduced through ensorq do not include transportation to/from the venues. Our service, ensorq, gathers Japanese and foreign people to various venues with an aim to provide them fun experience of “enjoying NIPPON together”!!

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遠足をもっと楽しむための4つのコツ4 tips for making ENSOKU more fun

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やっぱり、みんなで「おでかけ」が楽しい

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「いつもの場所」とは違うところへ出かけることのワクワク感こそが、遠足最大の楽しみです。しかもそれが、より多くの人と一緒なら、きっともっと楽しいはず。みんなで体験できるからこそ「もっと感動できる」景色、遊び、食がensorqの遠足にもきっとあります。

The excitement of visiting a different place is the biggest fun of ENSOKU. And the more people gather, the merrier the trip becomes. At ensorq’s events, as you share experiences with other people, the sceneries, activities and food you encounter become “more impressive”.

At Japanese schools…
Many Japanese people may recall ENOKU as the best memory of schooldays. The “mates”, who are different from family or usual friends, get together to experience something new – that is the true attraction of ENSOKU.

Why not join the Japanese and enjoy different excursions from conventional sightseeing tours!

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事前の準備が楽しい

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「こんなとき、どうするか」「あんなことしたら、もっと楽しいかも」など、事前の準備と会話が実は、遠足の楽しみだったりします。子供の頃とは異なる”オトナの異文化交流としての”遠足だからこそ、ensorqを活用して、楽しく周到に、お出かけの準備をしてみましょう。

“If we do it this way, it will be more fun”, “What to do when something like this happens.” etc… Talking about “what to do” before ENSOKU is part of excitement about the excursion. Preparation and discussions before the event add more fun to your trip. As ensorq is a place for intercultural communication for adults, the preparation is different from kids’ ENSOKU. You can make use of the ensorq website to gather information and communicate with other participants before the event. Let’s enjoy the preparation part in a smart way.

At Japanese schools…
For school children, ENSOKU is different from daily life or ordinary trips in that they are expected to do a lot of preparation before the trip. Many meetings and discussions in class, group work training, making a booklet with guidelines and points to note, etc…

Perhaps, good manner and coordination in public such as waiting patiently in line, are nurtured in Japanese schools through ENSOKU!

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仲良くなれて楽しい

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「遠足」に出かけたことで新しい友人が出来たり、今までとは異なるクラスメイトの一面を発見したり…。遠足という非日常的な空間での新しい出会いと交流は、同時に新しい友情を育むための貴重な機会でもあります。子供の頃とは異なる”オトナの異文化交流としての”遠足によって、新しい友人と出会ってみましょう。

Through ENSOKU, children can make new friends or discover some unexpected personalities of classmates. Meeting and interacting with new people in an extraordinary environment such as ENSOKU is a valuable opportunity for developing new friendship. As grown-ups, let’s make new friends through ENSOKU that is designed as “intercultural communication for adults”.

At Japanese schools…
ENSOKU is not just a trip but considered to be a good chance for children to make new friends. The Education Ministry specifies one of the aims of ENSOKU as “to develop good interpersonal relationship and to deepen the feeling of unity and sense of belonging to the group.”

We are sure that new friendship will be born through sharing experiences with Japanese and foreign participants!

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食事が楽しい

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「遠足」最大のハイライトの1つが、食事にあります。普段とは異なる場所・環境で、新しい出会いの中で、お弁当を食べたり、持参したお菓子を食べたり…。「みんなで体験」を楽しんで、「みんなで食事」も合わせて楽しむことが遠足を楽しむコツです。なおensorqが提供する遠足体験には「おやつ300円ルール」はありませんので、ぜひ思う存分ご持参ください。

One of the highlights of ENSOKU is eating. Eating bento and snacking after lunch in an unusual place or environment while establishing new friendship is a special experience. To “experience together” and “eat together” are key tips for enjoying ENSOKU. You can bring your favorite snacks to ensorq’s events just like Japanese kids do, except that you may afford more as a grown-up!

At Japanese schools…
In general, school children bring homemade bento and some snacks to ENSOKU. Often, the amount of snacks allowed to bring is up to 300 yen worth. This is the “300 yen rule of ENSOKU”. Enjoying a special lunchtime while having fun chatting with friends is one of the attractions of ENSOKU.

Let’s meet new mates by sharing fun mealtimes during the excursion!

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