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Jan 8, 2018

Thank you for your support in 2017!

Dear supporters,
Happy new year!  Thank you always for your support in 2017.  As 2018 started, Ogatsu is covered with snow.  This winter season is very cold, temperature dropping below zero.  
We have been working with the local elementary school here in the community since spring of 2017.  Students visit every month for a day to participate to our progams.  Learning about sustainable life in nature, as well as about their local community.  Children are motivated especially be proud of where they are from.  November session was to go into the forest and find wild mushrooms that are in season.  Learning about soil as well as bacteria that live within wood  become mushrooms.  Children seem to enjoy learning science of nature.
Many families within Japan came to stay at MORIUMIUS in fall.  It was a season of salmon, many salmon came back to the local bay of Ogatsu.  Children went out to the ocean with fisherman to catch salmon, then sliced them to cook and was surprised to see salmon roe.  Using fillet to grill, roe to pour over rice, and bones to take soup stock.  
On December 24, we organized christmas party with children and local community.  Third time since 2015, it was another success.  Many elder locals were looking forward to the event, enjoying Christmas food as well as interacting with children.  Children decorated Christmas tree using materials from forest behind MORIUMIUS.  It was warm and happy moment for everyone.
Warm regards,
Gentaro Yui
Oct 30, 2017

Another successful invitation tour

Dear MORIUMIUS supporters,
Thank you for your continuous support!  MORIUMIUS has finished our third  summer.  It was a rainy summer, but over one hundred children attended our summer program.  Mixture of local, national, and international children gathered to MORIUMIUS to enjoy the nature as well as to interact with local people.  Learning sustainable living through experiences in forest, farm land, and ocean were the theme here, adding local culture and history of what happen on March 11, 2011.
One week program is the prime program at MORIUMIUS.  Only children stay for one week together learning from each other.  Special occasion was the week of August 12, when we invited eight children from Kumamoto joined the program.  This is the second time we invited children from Kumamoto, those who lost their homes by earthquake in 2016.  Although the weather was not perfect, they all enjoyed the nature, local people, and staying with other children for one week.  Not only they learned about sustainability of nature and life, they were also impacted by the storyteller’s story of what happened in 2011.  Also, they seemed to be impacted by how slow the recovery process is.
Residence artist and member of the JET program took role to add extra diverse value to their stay.  Creating art in nature, using natural materials, discussing with artists and other children was such an creative learning time.  Big art piece was created by children from Kumamoto to represent the forest behind MORIUMIUS.
On the last day at MORIUMIUS, we have tradition that group of children will give presentation to children arriving to stay next week.  Leaving group will present what will happen for the next one week stay.  A couple children from Kumamoto cried looking back and telling the story of their stay.  It was very touching moment, they expressed their joy and sadness of leaving MORIUMIUS.  We all miss them, but will continue to grow the relationship with them. 
We are continuting to invite children from Kumamoto.  Please 
Walking in the mountain to trace water source
Walking in the mountain to trace water source
Collecting materials with residence artist from UK
Collecting materials with residence artist from UK
Creating tree from leaves children painted
Creating tree from leaves children painted
Joining local BBQ
Joining local BBQ
Listening to local storyteller
Listening to local storyteller

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Oct 3, 2017

Another exciting summer is over!

Dear supporters,
Thank you for your continuous support!  MORIUMIUS has finished our third  summer.  It was a rainy summer one hundred children visited our summer program.  Mixture of local, national, and international children gathered to MORIUMIUS to enjoy the nature as well as to interact with local people.  Learning sustainable living through experiences in forest, farm land, and ocean were the theme here, adding local culture and history of what happen on March 11, 2011.  
It has been over six and a half year since the disaster struck this region.    Permanent homes have finally been built, and more locals are starting to come back to their hometown.  We have been working closely with local elementary school to visit monthly to learn about sustainability as well as their hometown.  They are very happy to be in nature, and to be with children gathering from around the world.
Artist at MORIUMIUS project has been very active this past summer, receving three artist from U.K. and first domestic artist from Akita.  They have provided so many creative moments for children but also for the local community.  Now MORIUMIUS is filled with art, becoming to be an art museum!
Also, we have had special guest such as former chef at world renowned restaurant “Gordon Ramsey" in UK, and former champion of World Pasta Championship.  His special talent added unique experiences that children could not gain.
Past weekend was a very special weekend at MORIUMIUS.  As fall approaches, our 6th annual sporting event was organized with the local community.  More than one hundred locals as well as families and corporate guests gathered to organize one big event focused on sports.  Many physical activities even for older generation was held.  MORIUMIUS was filled with so many smiles!
Warm regards,
 
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