Nov 10, 2020

Sendai YMCA International Students

Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, shares a new video about the school. 

The Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Confectionery School has expanded to international students.  This new introductory video explains in English and English sub-titles the different curriculums that Taylor Scholarship students take.  This year we have 20 students receiving the Taylor Scholarship to be used in both the Hotel and Confectionary studies.  The addition of international students to the school help the local students supported by the scholarships to learn English and other languages and cultures from their peers.

All of the students need scholarships to attend the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School because of hardships caused by the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.  The Sendai YMCA and TAMF provide these scholarships jointly. 

Thank you for the support you have given these students.  It is your help which makes it possible for them to pursue their chosen careers.


Sep 9, 2020

Three More Ishinomaki Taylor Bunkos to be Built

Ishinomaki Kahoku Article "Beyond the Brokeness"
Ishinomaki Kahoku Article "Beyond the Brokeness"

The TAMF Board had a Zoom board meeting in June and approved projects for the upcoming year which we will report as implemented!  

Three New Taylor Bunkos

We are excited to announce that three new Taylor Bunkos will be built by Endo-san for Onagawa Elementary School, Onagawa Middle School and Ohara Elementary School. This will bring the total number to 23.

 Randolph-Macon Students Produce “Beyond the Brokeness”

Randolph-Macon College (RMC, Taylor’s Alma Mater) and Ishinomaki Senshu University have an International Exchange Agreement. RMC students visited Ishinomaki last June and interviewed Ishinomaki residents. The 37-minute-long English speaking movie "Beyond the Brokenness" depicts the beautifulness in Japan and Japanese which students found in the area. This film was created in RMC's theater class. Fourteen students appear. They interviewed eleven people including a bereaved family, ISU, and other Ishinomaki residents. Scenes of clouds and waves are inserted. Three RMC faculty and students interviewed. 

They originally planned to act this story on the stage but had to change due to COVID-19. They want to perform the production on stage after the current situation. 

Yuki, a senior at ISU, visited RMC in 2018. He comments "They are not the disaster victim, but try to understand our experience. So kind. Thank you"

You can view the video production at this link:

The Ishinomaki section of the Kahoku Shimpo, the largest newspaper in the Miyagi prefecture, carried this story: 

Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) Library Video

ISU has produced a video about their library for prospective students that includes the Taylor Anderson Reading Corner or Taylor Bunko.  Naomi, the librarian in the video, wrote the book "A Gift from Taylor" which tells the story to students of why there are Taylor bunkos in their schools.  A copy of the book is in each of the 20 Taylor bunkos.  Well done Naomi and thank you!

TBS Television Stories about TAMF Activities

TBS aired two stories in Japan about one of Taylor’s students.  Eriko was in 5th grade at Kezuma ES in 2011.  The Anderson family visited her school in 2013 to dedicate a Taylor bunko. She now studies English at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. She says many students loved learning from Taylor and she speaks English fluently. Her school "happens to " be related to Taylor's Randolph-Macon College (RMC). Those two are sister schools, which Eriko didn't know when she applied for the program to visit RMC. Eriko visited RMC in March and met Taylor’s parents and was able to share her story in English with them.  We were unable to supply the links at that time, but have them now in the links below.  We just heard from the reporter that she has recently met with Eriko and Eriko reports she has gotten into the habit of reading books! 

The TBS reporter has since met with Endo-san, TAMF Advisor and Taylor Bunko bookshelf maker, and will share his story in a half hour special on Sept 21st.

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons!  Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp


Jul 20, 2020

Introductions from 20 New Scholarship Students

Confectionary Student Kei
Confectionary Student Kei


Introductions from 20 New Scholarship Students

Yuichi-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, shares that the students were not able to have internships this summer because of the Coronavirus.  They 20 scholarship students have  written introduction letters for us to share.  Please enjoy!

From Momei

I am Moemi from Sendai YMCA International Hotel Confectionary College. I’m in second grade. Thank you for your support last year. I have learned and grown a lot since last year.  In order to fulfill my childhood dream of becoming a pastry chef, I’m currently working at a cake shop while attending school.

Making cakes is, of course, fun. I am very happy that I can see my customer’s smile while waiting for customers.

From Yui

Hello. I am Yui. I'm a second grade student at Sendai YMCA International Hotel Confectionery College.

I'm from Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. I was in the tennis club when I was in junior high school, and in the tea ceremony club when I was in high school. I have a younger sister.

And I have one dog. My dog is a mixed breed dog and very cute. My favorite Japanese food is sushi. Please eat sushi when you come to Japan. My hobbies are cooking and taking pictures. Recently, my mother taught me how to make delicious simmered dishes. I work part-time as a bell staff at a hotel in Sendai.

I can't work now because of the coronavirus, but it's a fun job.

I'm studying everyday to become a wonderful hotelier in the future. Now I'm working hard on job hunting.

I'm studying English so that I can become a hotelier who can bring joy to overseas customers. So I will try TOEIC in a few months.

Also, next summer, with the support of the school, I am working on a short-term study abroad program in Washington. I am also interested in alcohol. I want to have a lot of knowledge about alcohol and play an active role as a sommelier. When I'm 20 years old and can drink alcohol, I want to find my favorite alcohol.

I want to have a good time with everyone at school this year. I will send you a letter! 

From Shino

Hello. I'm Shino. I became a sophomore in April.

In the second year, new classes have increased. They are Chinese and French classes. I’m interested in foreign languages and culture, so I’m happy that language classes were added. I’m sad that there is no English class, but I want to learn the language while enjoying the class.

In the confectionery class, we will continue to practice Japanese confectionery, bread, and western confectionery. I am sending a picture of a sweet that I made in class. I sent it to my parents. My sister, who lives alone in Sendai, also came to eat. I’m so happy to hear that it was delicious. 

I will continue to work hard for the rest of my school life, without forgetting to appreciate that I am continuing to study thanks to you and many other people. Thank you very much.

From Akiho

I am Akiho. I’m 18 years old.

I'm from Iwate prefecture. Iwate Prefecture is famous for three major noodles:

“jajamen”, “Morioka Reimen”, and “wankosoba”.

My hobby is listening to music.

There are 4 members in my family: father, mother, grandmother, and brother. I went to the Iwate Prefectural Senmaya High School and belonged to the singing section of our music club.

At the time of the earthquake, I was in the third grade of elementary school. I was absent from school because I was sick when the earthquake came. I just fled out of the house and watched the objects in our house fell down. At that time there was not only me but also my mother. I wouldn't have done anything without my mother. After the earthquake subsided, I went to pick up my junior high school brother and clean our house. At night, we listened to the radio and endured the aftershocks and slept in the tea room together. It was a day when I realized that it was not normal. I was scared and I cannot forget that, never.

I entered this school with the aim of becoming a hotelier. Although it is a short time of two years, I want to learn a lot about the hotel industry and grow as a person to become a first-class hotel person.

From Moe

Hello. How are you?

My name is Moe from Sendai YMCA Hotel and Confectionery School.

Thank you for your scholarship support last year.

I am currently looking for a job and will soon have a final exam to work at a bakery.

I hope to work at a bakery in the future.

At school, we support the class teacher and participate in volunteer activities.

I will do my best to pass the national license for confectioners.

Thank you for listening to my speech. Take care of yourself. Have a nice day.

From Kei

I’m Kei.

I am 20 years old, and I was born on June 18.

I was born in Miyagi Prefecture where beef tongue is famous.

My favorite food is sushi.

My hobby is watching cooking videos.

What I want to do my best from now on is to get a job offer.

Thank you.

From Yume


I'm Yume. Nice to meet you!

I'm 18 years old. And I'm a YMCA college student in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

I study hospitality at my college now.

It's my hobby to go on trips to new places. And I take and collect photos as memories.

In my opinion, autumn is the most precious season in Japan due to the brown pantone which comforts my eyes. I tend to take a lot of pictures of autumn leaves.

I hope I will work at Disney hotel since I admire Disney characters and want to experience working with my dream company and communicating to many foreign customers.

However, I feel that my English level is lower than the standard. So, I will do my best, and I do need help from native English speakers. I appreciate receiving cooperation from you so much.

From Yuya

Hi! My name is Yuya.

I'm from Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture.

My hobbies are reading books and listening to music.

When I was in high school, I played the Japanese drums and participated in national competitions.

When I was a child, I used to join SENDAI YMCA Programs.

For example, I joined climbing and ski camps.

So, I enrolled in YMCA. I have my precious memories here.

When the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, I didn't suffer much. However, many people received damage.

Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity to help them.

So thank you for your support. I look forward to the opportunity for volunteers to help many people.

From Mizuki

Nice to meet you.  Please call me Mizuki.

I’m from Aomori Prefecture.

I lived in Goshogawara City. But now I live in Sendai

Aomori prefecture also has apples and the Hirosaki Castle,

which are famous for Cherry Blossoms. My city is also famous for Tachinebuta.

I was born on Feb 27th, 2002 and I am 18 years old.

There are four people in my family. My brother is five years older than me.

I was attending Tsuruta High School in Tsuruta Town, Aomori.

From second year of high school, there are international courses and regular courses.

I was in the international course. In October of my second year of high school, I visited a sister school in Oregon, USA.

In junior high school, I belonged to the tea ceremony club. In high school, I

belonged to the kyudo club. I was attending a cram school at the time of the earthquake and tsunami.

There was no damage, but there was no power. 

I was fascinated by YMCA and took the entrance examination.

Teachers with industry experiences teach us classes. All teachers will teach us in an

easy-to-understand manner.

My favorite classes are Kanko Soron and Hotel Restaurant English1.

I seriously listen to my classes everyday and want to become a first-class hotelman.

My dream is to gain experience at a hotel in Sendai and play an active role in the

local hotel Aomori. However, the classes were delayed because of the coronavirus.

At first, I was anxious, but I made new friends.

Thank you for giving me the learning environment. I think you are worried about the

coronavirus, but let's help each other!

It is really nice to be selected as a scholarship student this time. We will continue to

make regular reports, and we look forward to your continued support.

From Mai

Hello. My name is Mai  I am 18 years old. I come from Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture. I experienced the 3.11 earthquake. I will remember 3.11 forever. My house was carried away by the tsunami.

Kesennuma city is famous for fishing as fishermen can get many fish. In particular, this city has the most amount of skipjack caught in Japan. I am proud of this thing, and I love this city. I recommend if you come to Japan, you will visit this city. There are many exciting places in this city. For instance,you can see a fish market, a rice museum, and many delicious foods.

My dream is to work in a hotel. Also, I like to know many things such as cultures from different countries, world heritage, and so on. Because of that, I am learning a lot from teachers. And then, if I work in my dream hotel, I will try my best to make many people more happy.

I am enjoying school days with my friends. I am living alone in Sendai now. So I make a lunch box myself everyday and bringing it to school. I am looking forward to eating it with my friends.

School days are not only fun things but also hard things. However, I will enjoy school days including it. Thank you for your continuous support.

From Yui

I am Yui.  I’m 18 years old.

I’m from Fukushima Prefecture.

Fukushima Prefecture is famous for peaches.

My hobbies are listening to music and taking pictures. I especially like taking pictures of the sky.

I have 5 people in my family. I have an older sister and an older brother, and I am the youngest. My family is very bright. I love such a family. I was in the basketball club for 3 years in junior high school and a few days in high school. I like sports very much. I want to try more sports in the future.

I was a third grader on the day of the earthquake. I was practicing my graduation ceremony at the school gym. All of the students were panicking. Immediately after that, we evacuated to the schoolyard even though it was snowing.

I was really scared. After that, my mom and sister picked me up at school and went home safely. I think I will never forget that day. And I think it's something everyone should not forget.

Since I like interacting with people, I’m studying at SENDAI YMCA because I want to be a hotelier. I have already met so many people now and I'm having a wonderful time. I think it will be even more fun in the future. I want to study well in 2 years and increase my knowledge. And I want to be a good hotelier.

From Yu

I’m Yu.

I’m a Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Confectionary College student.

I’m 20 years old.

I’m from Sendai.

Sendai City is a nature city.

My hobby is makeup and fashion.

I’m from Tohoku High School.

I was a part of the school’s Brass band club.

My musical instrument is clarinet.

My favorite subject is service training.

I have a pet.

His name is Fukumaru.

He is Degu.

He is very pretty .

I want to be able to speak English.

For that reason, I study English hard.

From Yuna


I’m Yuna

My birthday is July 1st.

I‘m from Yamagata.

Yamagata is famous for cherries.

My favorite foods are ramen and

My hobby is to eat ice cream before going

to bed.

This year's goal is to find many delicious

ramen shops. 

From Maki

I am Maki. I’m nineteen years old.

I’m a Sendai YMCA International Hotel Confectionary College student.

I’m from Fukushima. Peaches are the local specialty in Fukushima.

I was in tennis club when I was a junior high school student.

I was in badminton club when I was a high school student.

My hobbies are eating and walking. I often ate and walked have been eating and

walking on weekends. Especially, I like cafes.

My special skill is typing. I practiced a lot of typing when I was in high school.

Now, I’m doing my best to do job hunting. Job hunting is extremely tough, and I had

disappointing results from some companies. But I would like to do my best to get a

job offer from a company. I am a person that does not give up until it is satisfied.

I'm from Fukushima Prefecture, and it takes about one and a half hours by train from Fukushima to Sendai.

The most important thing in my school classes is English.

In the future, I would like to be able to serve customers in English with dignity.

Therefore, in addition to studying for the test, I would like to focus on English

conversation and do my best.

From Misuzu

Nice to meet you.

I’m Misuzu.

I was born on August 14th, 2001.

I’m 18 years old.

I grew up in Sendai.

I went to St. Dominic Gakuin High school.

This school is a Christian school and only girls.

I belong to the school’s tea ceremony club.

I like listening to music and seeing the sky.

My hobby is knitting.

When I was in high school, my friend taught me how to knit.

There are 4 people in my family.

My brother is a high school student.

I have three cats.

Their names are Chibi, Lai and Saba.

Saba recently came to my house. Every day life is lively and fun for me.

From Riku

Nice to meet you. I'm Riku. I am from Iwate.

I love NBA. So I want to go to America soon. Right now it's difficult because of coronavirus, but when it calms down I'll go to America! I would like to work for an American hotel in the future, so please come to stay. In this situation, let's do our best together! I will continue to do my best to volunteer! Thank you very much.

From Ogata

Hello! It's Ogata!  I was born and raised in Miyagi Prefecture! I was playing soccer from

elementary school to junior high school! I love to move my body! I like learning new things, so I also like studying! My favorite food is sushi. I'm not good at computers. Thank you very much!

From Hiyori

I’m Hiyori. I live in Miyagi.

I like sports. Among sports, I like table tennis.

I belong to a table tennis club for 8 years. I was able to learn how to play table

tennis in that club.

My hobby is listening to music and watching movies. My favorite musician is SEKAI

NO OWARI. My favorite movie is “Shadow Hunter”. This is an action movie.

I have a dog. His name is Kinako. He was born on February 22, 2011.

I am studying Hotel Restaurant Service in the Sendai YMCA Hotel and

Confectionary College. I am also studying English, Chinese, Protocol and Japanese

cultural theory. We can learn a lot of things in the school.

I want to speak English. So I study to speak English everyday.

In the future, I want to do English service in a French restaurant.

I want to work in Tokyo because many foreign people visit there. And, I like the night

view in Tokyo.

I will send you a letter again.

From Himari

I am Himari.

I am turning 19 years old this year.

I am currently studying at YMCA Hotel Shool to get a hotel job.

I will tell you a little bit about myself so that

you can get to know me even a little.

The place where I live is famous for producing a lot of fruits, especially cherries.

My place is the number one producer in Japan. It’s very delicious.

Before I devoted myself to study about hotels,

I had been absorbed in music since I was in kindergarten.

Thanks to music, my sensitivity has become very rich,

and my sensibility has also changed.

I hope you also meet the music that changes yourself.

In the Great East Japan Earthquake, where I lived, there was no such damage.

But I see a lot of people in pain and sadness in front of me.

At that time, I was still young and didn’t realize, but now I take this incident seriously.

I think it’s wonderful that you support people in various places.

When receiving support, I will also volunteer to help people in various place and make 

every effort to fulfill my dreams.

From Daichi

Hi I’m Daichi.

I’m 18 years old.

My hobby is listening to music and watching baseball games.

I went to a high school in Miyagi.

I belonged our school’s Japanese Archery Club.

Japanese archery is very difficult.

A little vibration in the bow will not hit the target.

However, I was only able to enjoy club activities for two years.

In club activities, I learned the importance of fellowship.

My favorite artist is Nogizaka46.

In Nogizaka46, my favorite member is Minami Hoshino.

I sometimes go to concerts!

I am going to this school now to become a hotel man.

I want to be a hotel man who can make someone smile.

To do this, I need to make the most of what I can learn in this school.

I would like to work toward to achieving my dream in the future.

Under the influence of COVID-19,

the entrance ceremony was canceled and classes started one month late.

But, I’m starting to get used to school!

That’s why I enjoy my daily school life.

Thanks to my parents, I can go to school.

I think I can live because of the support from of someone.

That’s why Ms.Taylor said “Thanks you for the opportunity given”

I want to live without forgetting this word.    

We hope you have enjoyed the introduction letters from the students!

All of the students need scholarships to attend the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School because of hardships caused by the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.  The Sendai YMCA and TAMF provide these scholarships jointly. 

Thank you for the support you have given these students.  It is your help which makes it possible for them to pursue their chosen careers.

Confectionary student Maki from Fukushima
Confectionary student Maki from Fukushima
Hospitality student Riku from Iwate
Hospitality student Riku from Iwate
Hospitality Student Yume
Hospitality Student Yume
Sweet made by Shino
Sweet made by Shino


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