Presently, a mountain school providing nature training to children is the only user of our tent shop, located in the mountain side of Isatomae in Minami-sanriku-cho, Miyagi Prefecture. During Winter, this school is now closed, due to extremely cold weather even on the coast side. But the tent is still functioning as storage for keeping goods to be sold at the Fukko Temporary Shops down close to the ocean side. Since a new community will be built right next to the tent, it will be again used as a community center in Isatomae, though it could be several years later when the community construction will be completed.
Now, since the population is declining, efforts are made to bring tourists to Isatomae in order to boost the economic activities of the Temporary Shops. They have organized diverse events with very limited funding, such as a Mountain Bike show, and brought several music bands (Gypsy Punk Jazz, Jiki Jiki, etc.). One of their magnificent achievements was to collect flags of J.League Professional Soccer Teams (in Japan). Since they were very successful in soliciting supports from Japanese professional soccer teams, they decided to challenge a Guinness record, whose video is attached to this report. They do continuously create such events not only to bring visitors from outside, but also to keep their motivations high. DSIA made some proposals to organize business activities, but these talks are not advancing well, since they require some initial investment and risk taking. Given this situation, donations from the GlobalGiving are deeply appreciated, especially because the feeling of being supported remains important to keep their motivations high.
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