Annals of Regional and Community Studies
Online ISSN : 2189-6860
Print ISSN : 2189-3918
ISSN-L : 2189-3918
Occurrence/Growth Factor and Modern Significance of the Voluntary Community Activities :
A Case Study of “OKAGEMATURI" in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture
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2008 Volume 20 Pages 89-102


 How will the community activities, which occur voluntarily from community inhabitants, occur in the present age? And how will such activities continue and grow up independently? In addition, what kind of modern significance are the social effects to occur as a result of the activities going to bring the community? By this paper, I try the elucidation of such questions in a case study of "OKAGEMATURI" in Miyakonojo city, Miyazaki prefecture.

 “OKAGEMATURI” is a festival begun in 1993, held at Kanbasira Shrine which is a general local deity of Miyakonojo by a schedule of two days July 8 and 9th. The decisive factors, by which this community activity grew up for the start period, were the presentation with directionality of a model of activity, the consistent posture of the leader, the process that local people sublimated to one's thing with the directionality, and the secession from narrow area characteristics/an economic orientation of a shopping district.

 And the next action of this activity was the grope that raised the quality of the festival. It was the improvement of the contents of sacred rites in itself and construction of the internal structure. As a result, this festival got evaluation and recognition from spectators and mass communication. In addition, a social education system built in the process made with this structure was recognized, and participants increased.

 By the way, I want to nominate three points for the modern signifiance that I can extract from this case study. The first is importance of “the directionality of the model of the community”. The second is the possibility that a community solves the problem that home and school and company are shaken as the reversion subject. The third is resistance of the communities for the economic anomie.

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