“Kamikki”, the mascot of Kamikawa Town, was born in 2014. Kamikki is happy. Because the town residents voiced their desire to “give Kamikki a more active role in the town.”
Yamakawa Masae, Tatsumi Keiko, and Miyamoto Erika have been involved from the start. Ms. Tatsumi, who is good at design, first devised Kamikki. Next, ideas to utilize Kamikki in town revitalization slowly developed.
The town office accepted the proposal from these three people. Then, 20 people accepted the invitation to “discover attractions of the town with Kamikki!” and formed the “Town Development Kami Rangers.” Their main activity is to produce and distribute the “Kamikawa Sanpo” information journal. Collecting information, photo shooting, article development and design, and printing are carried out by the members. Kamikawa Sanpo is a A5 size, free paper, but contains significant contents that are carefully prepared.
Miyamoto Erika moved to Kamikawa Town in 2013 and is involved in organizing the Kami Rangers. Her husband Yoshitomo was invited by Chef Mikuni to be a cook at “Fratello Di Mikuni.”
“We came here but didn’t expect to be easily accepted” they said. “But everyone welcomed us and thanked us for coming. We think living in this town is the best in Japan for couples who both work.”
Production of Vol. 7 of Kamikawa Sanpo is now underway. Kami Ranger members have increased to 27 people. Members share ideas to reactivate the town.