Although Japan is a modern, industrialized nation, therapeutic recreation (TR) has not yet reached its full potential. In spite of the fact that Japan has a large and steadily growing elderly population, TR opportunities have not been fully explored, due in part to a lack of awareness of the role of qualified fukushi (welfare) recreation workers in Japan. This article describes the Leisure Education Program based on TR principles, noting how the program was adapted to suit Japanese culture. The article also describes the socio-cultural contexts in which TR has developed in Japan. To facilitate the development of TR in Japan, the authors suggest adjusting TR approaches to make them suitable for long-term care facilities and the use of culturally appropriate recreational activities.
Author Hitoshi Jin Nishino, Hiroaki Chino, Naomi Yoshioka, Joseph Gabriella
Volume Vol 41, No 2 (2007)