Travel Guide for Elderly Tourists from Japan

A Project Prototype by Emi Murayama

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Japan is the country with the longest life expectancy. This means that there is a large population with an abundance of leisure time. An increasing number of Japanese senior citizens enjoy their leisure time by traveling overseas. Although neighbor countries like South Korea and Taiwan have recently become popular, Hawaii maintains an unshakable popularity as a travel destination.

Information about Hawaii as a travel destination is abundant in Japan. While traditional print and broadcast media continue to regularly feature Hawaii, the internet has become another important source of information about food, souvenirs, and tourists attraction. Despite the abundance of these resources, they are not always easily accessible for many elderly citizens.

Japanese of the dankai generation (born between 1947 and 1949) make up a large part of the population, and are now considered as “elderly” (citizens 65 and older.) Given their leisure time and financial resources, it is likely that more and more elderly Japanese will be visiting Hawaii. Therefore, there is a great demand for travel guides catering this demographic.

In this project, students will first learn about the rapid growth of the elderly population in Japan. Having gained a better awareness and understanding of this population, students will learn about the needs of elderly Japanese tourist by conducting interviews with them. After analyzing the results of these interviews, each group of students will create a video clip containing information they believe will be particularly useful to elderly Japanese traveling to Hawaii. The video clips will eventually become accessible to the public through travel agencies in Japan and the internet.

Through this project, students will enhance their linguistic as well as socio-cultural knowledge. They will also develop their linguistic skills by carefully designing interview questions and by using the most appropriate expressions during the interviews and in their final products (i.e., video clips.)

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Preparing for the Project

Preparing for the Project

Launching the Project

Things about Elderly Population in Japan

Need to Know Discussion

Managing the Project

Preparing for Interviews

Assessment

Interview with Elderly Japanese Tourists

Creating a Video Travel Guide

Implementation Info

Implementation information not specified.

Preparing for the Project

Preparing for the Project

In order to provide a context for the project, students will watch an online PowerPoint presentation, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Spring Marketing Update 2015:

http://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/about-hta/hta-events/spring-marketing-update-2015/

This PowerPoint presentation shows that Japanese tourist satisfaction has dropped from 73 % in 2012 to 62 % in 2014.

Although this PowerPoint presentation was given entirely in English, students will discuss the significance of this report in Japanese.

Launching the Project

Things about Elderly Population in Japan

1. Students read culturally authentic texts (online) concerning the elderly population in Japan and issues regarding that arise when they visit Hawaii:

(1) Texts that will build background knowledge:

  • Elderly Japanese – How large is the population? (Charts)

http://www.now-e.co.jp/03company/post-14.html

  • Travelling as a popular activity among the Japanese elderly

http://www.touristbusiness-cottage.com/01/

(2) Texts that will launch the inquiry:

  • Inquiries posted by people who are traveling to Hawaii with their elderly family members (posting sites)

http://oshiete.goo.ne.jp/qa/6940418.html

http://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q1146076241

(3) Texts that will support the inquiry process:

  • Website for a company that provides assistance for elderly Japanese tourists

http://motherhawaii.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-19.html

  • Website listing activities for elderly tourists recommended by a travel agency

http://www.sawayakahawaii.com/optionaltour/top_senior.htm

2. The instructor presents the students with the following Driving Question:

How can we help an increasing number of elderly tourists from Japan stay safe and comfortable and get the most out of their stay in Hawaii?

Need to Know Discussion

Students will have a “need to know” discussion in class. The instructor (or a student volunteer) will record all ideas and questions provided by the students, and create a list. This list will be posted on the class website.

 

Managing the Project

Preparing for Interviews

(1) Students will design their interviews with elderly tourists from Japan by writing a list of questions that they want to ask. They will also discuss which expressions and speech styles are most appropriate in their interview context.

(2) According to their design, they will conduct a mock interview with the instructor who will play the role of an elderly tourist from Japan. After each interview, the instructor will provide feedback. Based on this feedback, each team will revise their interview design.

 

 

Assessment

Interview with Elderly Japanese Tourists

Students will conduct interviews with actual elderly Japanese tourists who are on vacation in Hawaii. Although students work in a team, each student must perform an interview for assessment purposes. Each interview will be video-recorded (or audio-recorded when the interviewee does not allow the use of a camera.) Students will also take notes during the interview.

Creating a Video Travel Guide

 (1) Watching the video of their own team’s interviews, students will collaborate to identify the tourists’ needs, and discuss what kind of information should be included in their video travel guides.

(2) Students will create a short video program that provides information that they believe to be particularly useful for elderly tourists from Japan.

(3) The video clips will eventually become accessible to the public through travel agencies in Japan and the internet (possibly via Youtube.)

 

Implementation Info

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