“Challenge Community College,” which was opened in April 2007 on commission for elderly residents and those approaching old age in the Minato ward, to utilize the knowledge and experience that they had amassed for the benefit of the community, create a fulfilling and vibrant lifestyle, redevelop their individual abilities through study, and become community leaders.
In April 2017, 60 students enrolled in the eleventh graduating class and are currently pursuing their studies. On Saturday, November 18th, the College conducted a practical class in the field of health and sports entitled “Refreshing Mind and Body: Nature Exploration and Communication.” Students visited Maioka Park, which is adjacent to Meiji Gakuin University’s Yokohama Campus, for the purpose of applying “safe walking,” a method that students learned in the practical class “Introduction to Aerobic Exercise: Effective and Safe Walking,” in a natural environment.
On the morning of the class, students gathered at the Shirokane Campus and travelled by bus to the Yokohama Campus. Afterwards, students walked around Maioka Park, which is adjacent to the Yokohama Campus, and after lunch, they were given a tour of the Yokohama Campus.
Maioka Park is a closed valley park (a park that is surrounded by mountains on three sides) that provides a panorama of forests and rice fields, as seen in olden days. Even though it is located in Yokohama, it retains a rich, natural environment.
As the theme suggests, students refreshed their minds and bodies while enjoying the chance to explore nature and communicate with others.