Mitsuro Ohba (Expedition Member, Japan)
Born January 10, 1953.
President of Earth Academy Mitsuro Ohba Adventure School
After engaging in farming at his home village of Yamagata Prefecture until the age of 29, Mitsuro Ohba became interested in farming practices in other parts of the world and travelled to China, Europe and South America. In 1983, he rafted down 6,000km on the Amazon to study the agriculture of the neighboring regions. Since then, he succeeded in solo walk across Greenland in 1985, solo walk across the Arctic Ocean in 1997, and solo walk across Antarctica in 1999. He became the first person to succeed in solo walk across both poles in the world. He won the Fourth Naomi Uemura Adventure Award.
[A comment from Ohba]
In 1986, I walked 900km round trip from Resolute (where we will set up the base camp for our upcoming expedition) and North Geomagnetic Pole. The following year, I did a solo walk from Resolute to Smith Strait via Gris Fjord which is the northernmost village of Canada.
Beginning of spring in Nunavut Territory of Canada is a severe environment where strong cold wind blows and temperature drops to 50 degrees below centigrade. Even in such environment, there are wild animals such as white wolf, polar bear, seal, arctic fox, rabbit, musk ox, caribou and lemming as well as many birds such as prairie chicken, hawk, polar tern and owl. Inuit people also receive blessings of nature and live in harmony with it by hunting these animals for for food and processing their fur for clothes.
What are Inuit people thinking, dreaming and living in the severe environment of Mother Nature? And what effect are waves of global warming having on the nature and wildlife of the far north? And how are the Inuit people thinking about and responding to global warming? I would like to look into these matters from a broad perspective. In addition, I am planning to have children visit the field so that they see it with their own eyes and communicate what they saw and felt in their bones from the perspective of children.
Let us depart on the journey to the far north with us!