Ryozo Ichimura Ryozo Ichimura, president of the organization A La Obuse ("a la" means "of the" in French,) remarks: "Thirty years ago, I couldn't even imagine this much prosperity."Ichimura is also the vice-president of the long-established Obuse-do and was selected as a Super Obuse-bito in the list of "100 Most Charismatic Tourism Promoters" announced by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.Ichimura
But, the town improvement envisioned by Ichimura
is a clear departure from the simple idea of rejuvenating the town.His
vision includes diverse aspects such as creating a new town facade while keeping the historical buildings, restoring cultivation of the "Obuse Maru Nasu" (Round Eggplant) once prominent in ancient times, and holding movie and music festivals.
and A la Obuse are opening a window to the outside fresh air through new projects.
...Ryozo Ichimura, mentioned above, is the chairman of the association and the directors are made up mainly of people in their 20s and 30s.
By adding youth, the residents have ensured a more active association.
...We have introduced Ichimura and Hayashi, who have their regular jobs and still have the time to work for Obuse.
(Ichimura of A la Obuse) is taking care of the academic portion, I thought that I'd take care of the 'dirty' work."