The Hija river is deeper than most, and thus is not affected by ocean tides. This allows us greater flexibility in scheduling programs.
Water resistant coats are available for rent on rainy days. We have enough such coats to furnish forty, the maximum number of MICE participants on a given day.
Our Hija river location is twenty minutes from Maeganeku Onna Village, fifteen minutes from American Village, fifteen minutes form Rukyu-Mura, and twenty minutes form the Southeast Botanical Gardens.
Needs and goals differ, depending on occupations and particular work environments. If our regular program does not suit you, we will work with you to fashion it to your needs.
Large Group Kayaking adventures will take your group out of their daily routines and comfort zones and allow them to share an experience that is often a first-time proposition for many of the participants.
Common purpose stimulates clear communication and common action.
Two teammates must cooperate, adjusting the timing of their rowing in order to control their kayak. Such simple tasks offer a good start for those new to the concept of group thinking.
Our programs are designed to be challenging as well as fun.
Successfully photographing tropical plants and animals is often hard to do alone, yet is made easier when two learn to cooperate toward that common goal.
Initial failure can be an important part of learning to cooperate successfully. We design programs that will allow teammates to work together to plan a task, attempt it, fail, and try again. Through common struggle and ultimate success a sense of unity and shared accomplishment can be achieved.
The initial pleasure of being out in nature on a kayak will develop into a truly meaningful growth experience.
The scenic trip is an ice-breaker, allowing team members to casually talk, while enjoying their shared experiences on the river together. Each can also begin to imagine the possibilities ahead as they plan their kayaking adventure to come..
On the river, amid nature, the normal demands and restrictions of the workplace fall away. This creates a relaxed environment in which everyone can speak freely and honestly. Each team member brings with them a unique perspective and strength to the group's experience: wisdom, physical strength. Each can use their unique abilities to benefit all.
The team will become more unified during their boat ride, sharing while relaxing on the river.
Fatal decisions made escaping the battl.
There were fatal decisions made by community members while attempting to escape from the Battle of Okinawa. A number of the residents of Kadena and Yomitan townships escaped to the shelter of caves, scattered throughout the area. Some of these groups, prompted by their leadership, committed mass suicide in the caves. Other groups did not and survived. Team members will learn the importance that leadership decisions have on the health and safety of their group's members.
Learning history on site.
Team members will be able to directly connect sights along the river with stories of the fighting. Remnants of military structures along the river can be matched to actual photographs of U.S. troops landing on the island April 1, 1945.
River activity ready wear, towel, change of clothes, water-proof smartphone case, if necessary.
War history and nature boat tour
Transition to next program, break
Transition to final meeting spot, break
*Schedule may vary depending on the number of people and the program.
Blue Field's team building brochure PDF file is here.
Mizugama566-11, Kadena, Nakagami-Gun, Okinawa, Japan 902-0204