Sosei Partners (seiyo)

Sosei Partners (Seiyo) started in January 2019, in collaboration with Relation Co., Ltd. Seiyo is famous for its orange and citrus farms, as well as its pearl breeding industry. In fact, Ehime prefecture, where Seiyo is located, is the largest pearl breeding ground in Japan. Also, during the Edo period (1600s ~ 1868), the area around Seiyo served as important Shukuba (post-stations), which provides lodging and rest areas, restaurants and teahouses for public officials of the Shogunate. As such, old buildings lasting from the Edo period still exist today, giving the streets of Seiyo a uniquely retro atmosphere, blended with its rich nature. Our first program in January 2019 involved participants from United States, Canada, Spain, Singapore and Malaysia who are residing in various parts of Japan. We stayed in the Akehama region of Seiyo, where we met orange farmers and pearl breeding fishermen, visited Muchacha-en - arguably the largest company in Seiyo that is rooted to the community, and met locals of all walks of life. Our first program’s main aim was to establish relationships with the locals, find out the local situation- the problems and potentials, and connect it to the next project.

地方創生パートナーズ(西予)は2019年1月から株式会社リレイションとの協働で発足しました。西予市はミカンをはじめとする柑橘栽培と真珠養殖で有名です。真珠養殖の生産量は日本一を誇るくらい大きな産業になっています。また、西予市の旧5町のうち旧宇和町は江戸時代に宿場町として栄え、その中心部である卯之町には当時の歴史的建築物が残っており、重要伝統的建造物群保存地区として剪定されています。1回目のプログラムは日本在住のアメリカ人、カナダ人、スペイン人、シンガポール人とマレーシア人の参加者で西予市の明浜町に滞在し、みかん農家や真珠養殖の漁師に会ったり、西予市で一番大きな会社である無茶茶園を見学したりし、様々な現地の住民と交流し、関係性を築きました。