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Jul 24, 2017

Summer is here!

Blending indian spice
Blending indian spice

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your continous support.  Summer is finally here at MORIUMIUS!

July is the anniversary month, two years since opening in 2015.  We have celebrated our anniversay with indian spice master from Tokyo to cook seafood curry as well as to see Patagonia Japan's documentary on suppport in environment conservation presented by the president.

Over a year has been past since mega earthquake in Kumamoto.   My deepest condolence for those victimized by the disaster.  Continuing to support children in Kumamoto, we have planned to receive children in August.  Summer here at MORIUMIUS is special time for children, providing one week program explore nature and interact with the local people to learn sustainable life.  August 12 through 19 will be the week children of Kumamoto will be flying to Miyagi to stay at MORIUMIUS with other children gathering domestically as well as internationally.  Through local partner in Kumamoto, we have selected five children and is getting ready for an exciting tour.

On July 22, we have started our premier summer one week program.  Together with our staff, intern students from University of Michigan, and volunteer staff from JET Programme, we will be providing unique but innovative sustainable learning programs to children!  MORIUMIUS is now filled with voices of children.  Please keep watching us for more amazing journey providing learning opportunity to children in Kumamoto.

Organic spice blended for curry
Organic spice blended for curry
Preparing fish for seafood curry
Preparing fish for seafood curry
Boiling seafood, vegetable, and spice
Boiling seafood, vegetable, and spice
Seafood coconut curry
Seafood coconut curry
Children arriving, and one week program starts!
Children arriving, and one week program starts!
Learning about the sustainable facility
Learning about the sustainable facility
Jul 3, 2017

Getting ready for summer

Planting rice
Planting rice

Dear supporters,

Thank you always for your support.  We are heading to summer, season of planting rice at MORIUMIUS as well as local organic rice farmer.

We have been busy working with local elementary school to organize monthly sustainable learning program.  Every month since April, students spend one day at MORIUMIUS.  In order for them to understand more about the natrual environment of Ogatsu, become greener citizen, and gain proud to be local, the program will continue until March. 

Fisrt week of May is holiday week in Japan.  Many children have gathered to participate to photograph workshop with porfessional photographer visiting from Tokyo.  Children explore the nature of Ogatsu, taking photographs in the forest, farm land, and at ocean.  Working with non profit organization helping children from low income families have raise fund to invite children to MORIUMIUS.  Three days program in nature with locals empowered them to be away from home, spend quality time with friends, and learn how to be sustainable.

Newly renovated former princpals house has been in use by the locals.  Recently, we have organized event to hear stories of the school when they were young.  Interns who have been working with us since June had good interaction with the locals.

We are going to organize one week program starting from July 22.  There will be five weeks of the most exciting time at MORIUMIUS.  Children from all around the world will gather and enjoy the rich nature as well as local people.  I will update you about this summer in the next newsletter.

Warm regards,

Gentaro Yui

Planting rice in front of MORIUMIUS
Planting rice in front of MORIUMIUS
Photograph workshop
Photograph workshop
Feedback session with professional photographer
Feedback session with professional photographer
Local ladies gathered to share their stories
Local ladies gathered to share their stories
Apr 18, 2017

Spring is here!

Cherry blooming
Cherry blooming

Dear supporter,

Thank you for your continous support.  After the cold winter, spring here at MORIUMIUS!

Cherry and plum trees are blooming, birds are whispering in the forest.  We have had cold but exciting winter.  Miso making is only done in winter.  Twenty five local children gathered to create miso for next year.  Using local organic soybeans with handmade Koji, bacteria necessary to ferment miso, and with handmade salt we have created over 100kg of miso in one day!  Also, winter is the season for seaweed.  Children will go out to ocean to collect seaweed with fisherman.  One of the most important seaweed in Japan is Konbu.  Konbu is used dry to make delicous broth.  Childen layed Konbu seaweed on the wood deck of MORIUMIUS to be dried.

One year has been past since mega earthquake in Kumamoto.   My condolence for those victimized by the disaster.  Continuing to support children in Kumamoto, we are starting to prepare for second invitation tour.  We have decided and going to invite children from Kumamoto during the summer holidays.  Summer here at MORIUMIUS is special time for children, prviding one week program explore nature and interact with local people to learn sustainability of life.  August 12 through 19 will be the week children of Kumamoto will be flying to Miyagi to stay at MORIUMIUS with other children gathering domestically as well as internationally.

Our newest member, Berinda, a goat who was pregnant arrived in January and gave birth to twin girls in February.  They are now a important member in our sustainable life.

Last news would be to renovate the old house that principals of the elementary school used to live.  Once an old house is now turned into community cafe for locals to gather.  Although population is still 1/4 of the original, it was a bright news for locals.  They were so happy to see the house been renovated, already gathering daily basis and interacting with visiting children.

Going into warm season, MORIUMIUS will be filled with voices of children.  Please keep watching us for more amazing journey providing learning opportunity to children in Kumamoto.

Making soy bean paste for Miso
Making soy bean paste for Miso
Drying Konbu seaweed
Drying Konbu seaweed
Berinda and twins
Berinda and twins
 
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