A freshman at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Nao Tamura is aspiring to bring changes to the current mental health care issue. Nao is currently a member of Table 5, focusing on the topic of "Mental Health Care: Create a healthy lifestyle for young people".
" I think that a problem in the present condition is that we can worry and care about the physical condition of ourselves and other people, but we don’t even notice about our mental issues. Also, even if you are aware of it, you cannot tell it to others, and there are people who are suffering without knowing how to deal with it. "
Q１. Please tell us what are the reasons/motivations that made you apply for ISC65?
Hello! I’m Nao Tamura and a freshman of Humanities and Social Sciences in Tokyo Metropolitan University. Currently, I take classes in a wide range of fields, including English-speaking culture and economics, as my major will be decided in two years. In particular, foreign languages (English, French, Arabic) and teacher training classes are fun and I have a fulfilling school life! The reason why I applied to ISC is to put it in a simple way: "I can discuss with overseas students", "I want to discuss using English", and "I want to try new things in summer of the first year of university". It is not difficult to just talk with foreign students in Japan. However, in ISC I can not only contact with overseas students but also discuss global issues with them. Even in the case of common problems, each person's perspective and values are different. So I think that various opinions will come out. I am very excited to meet and know what kind of opinion will come out from now on. I try to work hard on preparation for speaking up actively.
Q２.What do you think about your table’s topic?
In the first place, we may not have the opportunity to discuss mental health. I think a problem in the present condition is that we can worry and care about the physical condition of ourselves and other people, but we don’t even notice ourselves about mental issues. Also, even if you are aware of it, you cannot tell it to others, and there are people who are suffering without knowing how to deal with it. This time we focus on young people. But in the world known as a stressful society, I hear that the number of people suffering from mental illness in the working generation has also increased year by year. I think that the background is different depending on the person, but I think that one of the causes is the decrease of time for face-to-face communication with oneself and others by busyness and use of SNS. Based on this, I would like to carefully discuss what kind of space should be able to speak and how to face them when they need help.
Q3. Can you tell us a little bit about your hometown?
My hometown is in Kanagawa Prefecture. Kanagawa Prefecture is located in the south of Tokyo and the second most populous prefecture in Japan. I think there are many famous places in Kanagawa Prefecture. I spend a large part of my life in Kanagawa Prefecture, but there are also nature such as the sea and the mountain in the city. There are so many sightseeing spots that I still have the place where I want to go !! I have lived in the capital city of Yokohama where there are many tourist attractions such as "Chinatown", "Red brick Warehouse" and "Cup Noodle Museum". Especially the night view in Minatomirai is romantic and impressive. In Atsugi, where my high school stands, the "Ayu Festival " will be held in summer. About 10,000 fireworks are launched in this festival, and you can also eat the famous "Shirokoro hormone" and "grilled of Ayu" of Atsugi City. The Hakone is famous as a hot spring, and I have been there once. There are many nice places to be around in one day. In the "Venetian Glass Museum", a space where the green of the forest and the shining glass is reflected to the light of sun is fantastic, and it is possible to forget that there is in Japan, and to feel like traveling in Venice of Italy really! When I visited there, there was just Venice Mask festival and I could actually enjoy wearing masks and cloak. The last thing I'll show you is Enoshima and Kamakura. First of all, there is a benzaiten nakamise street where delicious gourmet can be enjoyed in Enoshima. There are a variety of shops, such as "roasted octopus crackers", "Meotomanjyu" and “Raw whitebait on the rice”, and there is also a shop to buy souvenirs. There is a sea candle which is a symbol of Shonan when walking up the road, and it is possible to overlook Shonan. We move from Enoshima to Kamakura with Enoshima Electric streetcar which is a tram that runs through the mountains with a view of Enoshima and the sea.
There is “Komachi street” lined with souvenir shops and cafes in Kamakura, and there is “Tsuruoka Hachimangu shrine” when you walk there.
I am glad that you can know even a little information of Kanagawa prefecture by reading this sentence!