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Oct 7, 2016

Another exciting summer!

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your continuous support!  MORIUMIUS has finished our second summer.  It was a rainy summer but more than one hudred children joined our one week 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 five and a half year since the disaster struck this region.    Permanent homes have finally been built, and locals are starting to come back to their hometown.  We have been inviting local children who's family members were victimized.  They are very happy to be in nature, and to be with children gathering from around the world.

Artist at MORIUMIUS project started in summer, receving three artist from New Zealand, Canada, and from USA.  They have provided creative moments for children but also for the local community.  A home of a local lady who do not usually go out was turned into a place for art workshop.  Locals enjoyed new experience, spending memorable time with an artist.

Also, we have had special guest such as former chef at world renowned restaurant "El Bulli" in Spain as well as theatical director in Broadway creating special programs for children.  Their special talent added unique experiences that children could not gain.

Thank you again for your support.  Without it, we would not be able to provide unique learning opportunities as well as interaction to local communities.  I hope to grow and continue this great venture so that the community will revitalize through education.

Warm regards,

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Jul 6, 2016

Getting ready for summer

Dear supporters,

Thank you for all of your support to MORIUMIUS.  As summer approaches, we are turning into second year of operation.

Season of rice arrive in May.  On a sunny day, local children gathered to plant rice in the field.  The plant was gorwn from rice we cropped last year. Not only organic, but original rice is now been grown at MORIUMIUS and waiting to be cropped in fall.  Also in May, famous photograper, Mikio Hasui joined to organize photo workshop.  Eleven children gather materials from nature for them to capture the beauty using professional camera in a special photo studio. 

One of the key event in spring was Washington High School from San Francisco visited us in June.  Nineteen students who raised fund to travel to Japan spent three days at MORIUMIUS helping the local community as well as particpate in sustainable learning program to understand sustainability of life.

We are getting ready to receive children gathering from all over the world.  From July 23, we are going to organize five one week programs for children to be in touch with the nature and interact with local community.  There will be three artists creating art and working with children as residence artist.  They are from Canada, New Zealand, and from US.  Children will have opportunity to be creative in a rich natural surroundings.  

Also, special programs will be hosted this summer.  Tetsuo Ota, reknown chef who has worked at legendary Spanish restaurant El Bulli and Peru's Gaston Acurio will be spending time to create cooking program using local seafood in Italian style.  Makiko Shibuya, stage director for Broadway musical Allegiance will be directing a short play for children to perform their experiences at MORIUMIUS.

Seems like we will be having another exciting summer!

 

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Apr 6, 2016

Spring is here!

Cherry blossom
Cherry blossom

 

Dear supporters,

Thank you always for your support!  Your support has been providing educational opportunity for children.

Winter is finally over and spring is here.  In the ocean seaweed have grown to be cropped, and in the mountains there are many mountain vegetables.  We are getting ready to plant vegetables in our farm, as well as to start planting fungus of shitake mushrooms into logs chopped from the forest.  Schools are in spring break, children started to gather to MORIUMIUS.

March 11 was the fifth memorial of the earthquake and tsunami took away many lives and memories of northern Japan.  The town of Ogatsu, where we are located, have lost 80% of its town and the population is now 1,000 where 4,300 lived before the disaster.  Recovery process is still slow, high ground is ready and the locals are starting to build houses back to their community.  It is said by the locals that about 500 people would come back to their own community after houses were built.

Calligraphy artist, Maaya Wakasugi visited from France to organize calligraphy workshop.  Local children have gathered to participate to this special occasion.  Ogatsu is one of the prime locations for producing ink stone used in calligraphy.  Maaya created very creative opportunity, children were allowed to use colored ink to create huge tree full of flowers.  This year, we are opening our door to artists to stay and provide creative opportunity for children in the natural surroundings!

For the last two weeks, many children are staying/ participating one week program to enjoy the nature as well as to interact with local people.  Through experiences of sustainable living, they seem to be more close to the nature, sustainability, and become independent.

Spring festival is ready to be organized in April.  We are going to host MORIUMIUS market, inviting local producers for the locals and visitors to shop this month.  MORIUMIUS is getting noisy, creating learning opportunity for children to revitalize community once damaged by tsunami.

 

Mountain vegetables
Mountain vegetables
Maintenance forest
Maintenance forest
Calligraphy workshop
Calligraphy workshop
 
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