・Yuko Kurata (Hyogo Prefecture Animal Well-Being Center Miki Branch Office, Animal Well-Being Promoter)
“EXHIBITION OF 100 “HARIKO-NEKO”
–The Making of the Exhibition with Children, Thinking about Problems due to Cats－”
Animal Well-Being Center and Animal Well-Being Promoters, in responding to the request from Hyogo Prefecture Municipal Government, explored effective methods to educate the general public about how to keep and look after cats, and came up with a program for children, which contains (1) reading aloud of the handmade KAMISHIBAI (picture-story show) and quizzes, (2) making of HARIKO-NEKO (papier‐mâché cat), and (3) an exhibition of those HARIKO-NEKOs made by participants. At the exhibition, the stories that children learned from KAMISHIBAI were arranged and posted in education-panels for adults. To attract visitors, the panels were placed in the same space with HARIKO-NEKOs, and many handwritten illustrations were used with few letters. Each HARIKO-NEKO made by children had unique atmosphere and the originality called living cats to mind. Displaying education-panels with HARIKO-NEKOs in the same space was effective for visitors in feeling familiar with the contents, which was an objective. “The theme of Cats”, “Children”, and “Handmade Works” –such factors have raised the ability to attract people, and we have successfully provided the opportunities to so many people. Furthermore, we observe this program is expanding beyond our expectation; e.g., such children giving presentation about what they had learnt to their parents and children in other grades in school events. As such, this program, EXHIBITION OF 100 “HARIKO-NEKO”, was effective as one of the educational methods.