May 31, 2017

New Taylor Bunko's, Kid's Soccer, Other Activities & 7/12 Match Opportunity!

TAMF Cobaltore Soccer School
TAMF Cobaltore Soccer School

TAMF Cobaltore Soccer Season Starts Again!

This is our third season of the Cobaltore Onagawa Soccer Club teaching soccer to children at kindergartens and day care centers.  We expect to teach over 1,000 children again this year!  The two soccer coaches have taught each year and their passion for the sport fills the children with great experiences teaching teamwork and skills.    The joy is fun to behold in the video link below!

Taylor Micro Library by Kids Media Station.

Ishinomaki Hibi is a local Ishinomaki newspaper.  The Ishinomaki Hibi Kids Newspaper project takes place at the Ishinomaki Newsee created after the disaster to share Ishinomaki history including  the original handwritten newspapers that were posted on the newspaper office window each day before power was restored.  Young journalists create their own book shelves and bring their favorite books to share. They enjoy reading and talking about books together. 

Ishinomaki High School Taylor Bunko

Our Eleventh Taylor Anderson Reading Corner (Bunko) was recently built and installed by Mr. Shinichi Endo at Ishinomaki High School. This was made possible by the generosity of Joseph Krakora and Abigayle James who wrote and illustrated the book "Yuki's Journey" and donated profits to TAMF with the help of the Japan America Society of Washington DC. Arigatou Goazimasu to all!  Mr. Endo is pictured with the Ishinomaki HS principal. A Book certificate was also given to the Ishinomaki HS principal to purchase books of their choice!

Kokoro Smile Project Children's Mental Care Center opening and Japan America Society Southern California (JASSC) Visit

A Japan America Society Southern California (JASSC) delegation led by President Doug Erber visited Ishinomaki to tour the devastated area in Oshika peninsula, visited with The Endo's at Team Watahoi volunteer center,  joined the opening ceremony of the Kokoro Smile Project Children's Mental Care Center and attended a presentation at the Ishinomaki Senshu University Taylor Bunko.  Mr. Shinichi Endo is co-director of the center with Ms. Shimura of Kokoro Smile Project which is supported by TAMF for those children.  JASSC are generous supporters of TAMF and they continue to give the best gift of all by visiting the wonderful people of Ishinomaki and sharing their friendship and support.  

Randolph-Macon College Blue Carp Project (Koinobori)

Taylor’s alma mater Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) and Ishinomaki Senshu University have an ongoing exchange project supported by TAMF with the help of the US Japan Council’s TOMODACHI program.  R-MC also has January term courses in Japan including visits to Ishinomaki.  R-MC’s Japanese Koinobori “Blue Carp Project” event was a joyous celebration that provided R-MC students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to make blue carp streamers, origami, and much more! The event was held in conjunction with Japanese Children’s Day to support families in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.  Please enjoy the video of the event!

GG Rewards Bonus Day - Help with Summer Homestay Program!

The annual GG Rewards Bonus Day is on July 12th and donations will be matched up to 50% from $110,000 in matching funds!  The timing is perfect as we plan for our High School Homestay Program this summer when Ishinomaki HS students will visit the U.S!  Please mark your calendars if you're able to help this year!

Thank You!  - We can't thank you enough for the donations you have made and will continue to report progress on these projects which could not happen without your generous support.

TAMF Cobaltore Soccer School Season Starts!
TAMF Cobaltore Soccer School Season Starts!
Taylor Micro Library Project
Taylor Micro Library Project
Ishinomaki HS Taylor Bunko - Endo-san & Principal
Ishinomaki HS Taylor Bunko - Endo-san & Principal
Kokoro Smile Mental Care Center Opening Article
Kokoro Smile Mental Care Center Opening Article
ISU Taylor Bunko Presentation to JASSC Delegation
ISU Taylor Bunko Presentation to JASSC Delegation

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Mar 6, 2017

Congratulations to Our Two Graduates and Advancing Second Year Student

Ayaka and Ikumi (first two on left in front row)
Ayaka and Ikumi (first two on left in front row)

It is the end of the school year and we say Omedeto Gozaimasu (congratulations) to Ayaka and Ikumi who will be graduating on March 9th  and to Fuka who will start her second year of school.

Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, has sent us videos from Ayaka, Ikumi and Fuka who tell us of their future plans and dreams.   We thank Kato-san for adding the English subtitles to the videos. 

Video from Ayaka – graduating patissiere student from Ishinomaki who lost her mother in the tsunami and now will go on to university to study psychology. She tells us ”I will study very hard as a university student to get my dream.”

Video from Ikumi – graduating patissiere student from Ishinomaki who will move to Kanagawa to start her new job tells us: “I am sad to graduate school.  Even so I am going ahead to my dream.”

Video from Fuka - first year hotel student from Watari who will start her second year of training explains: “My dream is to work in the bridal business…I will study and work much harder than before to get a job.  Thanks to you, I can study what I want like this.”

Kato-san tells us the school is undergoing renovations and that they expect to have two new Taylor scholarship students for the upcoming school year.  We look forward to introducing them in our next report.

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!

Soon to be Graduates Ayaka and Ikumi
Soon to be Graduates Ayaka and Ikumi
Fuka - wedding planner to be
Fuka - wedding planner to be

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Feb 28, 2017

Music/Art for Fukushima Project, IshinomaKimono Cards for Sale at DC National Art Gallery and More..

Music/Art for Fukushima Concert Picture
Music/Art for Fukushima Concert Picture

Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund Music/Art for Fukushima Project

The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund Music/Art for Fukushima Project was held in late January for Arai, Tsuchiyu, Sakura and Sawara elementary school children in Fukushima.  This gave the students the opportunity to come together for a special and entertaining event that they enjoyed very much.   Performances by students from each school were followed by a Rambling Steve Gardner concert held at Sakura Elementary School.  

TAMF Board Member Barbara Hancock reports: "The trip started on Friday with a concert at the Sakura Elementary school attended by 170 children.  Steve not only played for them but the children had wonderful performances for us and the whole community joined in with rice pounding and sharing of Ozoni made by members of a local agricultural group.  It was a heartwarming event.  This concert was followed up by an evening concert at a local live house where parents and members of the BOE and local community could enjoy a stellar performance from this great group of musicians.  On Saturday morning we all went to Yoshida Community Center to conduct a workshop, creating some wonderful thunder drum instruments that the children could talk about and then perform with the band. Another great experience as parents and children participated together in the project."

Special thanks to Rambling Steve Gardner and his band, board member Barbara Hancock and the Staff and the Board of Education Fukushima Prefecture.

IshinomaKimono Gift Cards

We are pleased to be able to offer an Ishinomaki made gift card for sale at the National Art Gallery in Washington DC during the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival!  Ms. Ryoko Endo and Team Watahoi are producing beautiful IshinomaKimono greeting cards with in Ishinomaki.  Board member Yoriko Fujisaki gathered lovely kimonos from friends that are being used to create the cards.   TAMF board member Hiroko Kuniya wrote an article for Nikkei Newspaper about Taylor and Ms. Endo's new project with women in the devastated area, IshinomaKimono!  Randolph-Macon College's (RMC) Robert Lindgren president, faculty and students visited the "Team Watahoi station" in Watanoha, Ishinomaki. Students helped Mr. Ryoko Endo's IshinomaKimono card project.  RMC Student Bailey Holland says "the idea of combining cards and Kimono is very interesting. I am so impressed and glad to know that people in this area bravely move forward after the disaster."

Kokoro Smile Project held a Christmas party at Kama Elementary School, site of the latest Taylor Anderson Reading Corner or Taylor Bunko.  Mr. and Mrs. Endo of Team Watahoi helped in Santa Claus costumes!.  Kokoro Smile also held a mock shopping day in the Oshika area which is a small and less populated peninsula closest to the epicenter.

Big Up Ishinomaki Kids Cafe continues to hold their monthly Kids cafe including a Christmas party!  This gives an opportunity to kids who are frequently alone for dinner to gather together and enjoy a good meal with other kids. 

Thank You!  - Six Years from the disaster we can't thank you enough for the donations you have made and will continue to report progress on these projects which could not happen without your generous support.

Music/Art for Fukushima Newspaper Article
Music/Art for Fukushima Newspaper Article
IshiniomaKimono cards being made at Team Watahoi
IshiniomaKimono cards being made at Team Watahoi
IshiniomaKimono Cards for National Gallery Sales
IshiniomaKimono Cards for National Gallery Sales
IshiniomaKimono Greeting Card Dedication
IshiniomaKimono Greeting Card Dedication
RMC students making IshinomaKimono Cards Article
RMC students making IshinomaKimono Cards Article
Kokoro Smile Oshika Children Shopping Project
Kokoro Smile Oshika Children Shopping Project
Big Up Kids Cafe Dinner
Big Up Kids Cafe Dinner

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