GSA's 42nd team worldwide! Hashimoto city in Wakayama becomes the 19th GSA Team to be established in Japan under Itsuko Uraki, who runs a Nursery school in the area. She is involved in developing educational policies for the area and enjoys climbing as a hobby.
Her decision to establish a team came through her connections with GSA Wakayama team captain Toshiki Umemoto. She was also greatly inspired by GSA's Director, Yuichiro Miura--a Japanese adventure skier who is well known internationally as the first man to ski down Mt. Everest in 1970 and who also entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2003, as the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest at age 70 years and 222 days.
According to Itsuko, "It is essential to teach children the importance of the environment from a young age and this can only be done through direct contact with nature."
Setting the volunteer activities in motion, 30 students and teachers came together on 30 June to clean up the local area and GSA Wakayama Hashimoto will continue their clean up activities, involving the Nursery school in all their Ecoflag activities.