Twin Ring Motegi (located in the town of Motegi in Tochigi Prefecture) has various types of racetracks. Here Honda is creating a venue to facilitate rich relationships linking people, nature, and mobility at Hello Woods, a facility that invites visitors to experience nature. We are also using this potential-rich place to hold a dialog with experts, NPOs, and other outside stakeholders to identify how Honda can contribute to the formation of a rich, sustainable society.
Hello Woods Symposium
We have held a variety of programs with the theme of "Healthy Forests and Healthy Kids" at Hello Woods, which includes a restored satoyama village forest on an expansive, 42-hectare site. The Hello Woods Symposium was launched in 2010 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the founding of Hello Woods. Guests representing a variety of perspectives, including officials from government agencies and local governments as well as researchers and representatives of NPOs, are invited to exchange views on forests, children, and related topics.
“Linking Healthy Forests and Healthy Kids” Symposium 2013
On March 3, 2013, the third Hello Woods Symposium, entitled "Linking Healthy Forests and Healthy Kids," was held at Hotel Twin Ring at Twin Rink Motegi. Professor Emeritus Takeshi Yoro of the University of Tokyo gave a keynote address entitled “Raising Them Right: Healthy Forests and Healthy Kids.” Observing that working with children is the same as working with nature, Professor Yoro noted that parents must be careful not to interfere too much or too little with their children and that, as when managing a forest, it is necessary to provide an appropriate amount of attention when needed. He also told participants that adults too must interact with nature and learn from it.
Later, Professor Yoro joined Research & Development Division Manager Takashi Sugiyama of Hello Woods research partner Fumakilla Limited as a panelist at a “forest round-table” entitled “Linking Healthy Forests and Healthy Kids,” which was the event's main program. Other panelists included Takanobu Ito (President, CEO, and Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.) and Ryuichiro Sakino (Forest Producer, Hello Woods). The panel explored environmental conservation and the raising of the next generation in a discussion around the keyword "insects" while exchanging stories about their own experiences.
The Hello Woods Symposium has been held since 2010. In 2010, it was held at Hotel Twin Ring to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the founding of Hello Woods. In 2012, the second symposium was held in Honda's Aoyama Building. This section introduces those events.