Sep 7, 2016

Summer of Internships and Contest Preparation

Ikumi's "The Universe" Cake Contest Entry
Ikumi's "The Universe" Cake Contest Entry

Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, shares that two students are having internship training at hotels until middle of September and the two are preparing for cake making contests. We are proud of these students and their progress in their courses including English.  Please read in their own words their latest news: 

Ikumi’s Summer Report -

I have a good news to tell you!!  I got a job offer from a bakery ‘Bellbe’ in Kanagawa Prefecture.

I tried to get a job from ‘Donk’ which I told you about this on last report, but I am relieved to get a job offer from Bellbe.  I will work there next spring.  Please come to buy when you go to Japan.

Now I am making marzipan works to submit to Japan Cake Show in Tokyo and Tohoku Block Contest.  Attached photos are for Tohoku Block Contest.  The theme of this work is ‘the universe’ which shows a lady in kimono is holding the earth gently. 

I haven’t started making works for Japan Cake Show yet.  I will introduce you by next report.  Please be looking forward to it. 

Thank you very much for reading.

 Ikumi

 

Ayaka’s Summer Report –

 I have been heavily concentrated in making pastry works for the Tohoku Block Contest and the Japan Cake Show in Tokyo. The category I will submit is the cake decoration using marzipan.  My theme is ‘Wedding’.  Making works in my own image is difficult, as well as fun.  It’s worth the work.  I am feeling my progress because I am doing things that I couldn’t do better than last year.

It is a precious time and I learn a lot by doing with care such as time I spend, part arrangement, carefulness, etc.  It is greater time than last year.  As the quality of my work goes better, I will work very hard to complete it.  

Thank you for your support this year, too.

Ayaka

 

Chinami’s Summer Report – 

School has been summer vacation from the beginning of July.  During summer vacation, first year students have an internship training.  We studied very hard for internship training for our future job.

In order to join internship training, firstly, we have to pass a restaurant service examination in school.  We practiced very hard encouraging each other after school.

I could pass the exam, I am now having a summer internship training at Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel in Chiba Pref. Only few days have left since July 15.

I worked there as a bell staff.  There are a lot of work and things I have to memorize for bell staff.  But as staff people of the hotel are very kind to me and give some advice, I don’t feel terrible to work.  I will try my best at the different section for the last two days.

I realize firstly through the internship training that language is important.  I found some issues such as how to talk to seniors and bosses and English conversation.  When school starts from next week, I will study Japanese and English more and more. 

Thank you very much for your support.

Chinami

 

Fuka’s Summer Report -

I have had an internship training at a hotel called the Winzar Hotel Toya Resort & Spa since July 14th, 2016.  As I reported in the video letter before, my goal is to work for someone.  I could have a sense of it through this internship training. 

There were a lot of guests from not only Japan but also China, USA and so on.  I was not good at English before but I could speak daily conversation because I studied very hard.  The section I worked was a Japanese restaurant.  Explaining menus in English was very difficult.  I realize that I need more study.

I would like to spend fulfilling school life by seeing what I felt and my ability again.

Fuka

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!

Ikumi's "The Universe" Cake Contest Entry
Ikumi's "The Universe" Cake Contest Entry
Ayaka Preparing "Wedding" Cake Contest Entry
Ayaka Preparing "Wedding" Cake Contest Entry
Ayaka's "Wedding" Cake Entry
Ayaka's "Wedding" Cake Entry
Chinami's Internship
Chinami's Internship
Fuka's Internship
Fuka's Internship

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Jun 8, 2016

New School Year Begun!

Ayaka and Ikumi in pastry class
Ayaka and Ikumi in pastry class

We are pleased to report that since graduation from the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School in March Yushi got a job at the new Vista  Hotel (http://www.hotel-vista.jp/sendai/)  in Sendai which will open this summer.  He will be a part of the opening staff.  Ikumi has started her job at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo so we are pleased that both were able to start their careers with good jobs.  

We have two new students who have received scholarships.  Chinami is from Ishinomaki and is studying in the Omotenashi Department.  Omotenashi means Japanese hospitality.  The Sendai YMCA College has this department for Japanese students who learn Japanese hospitality for guests from abroad and for foreign students who want to work at hospitality business in Japan.   Fuka is from Watari and is studying in the Hotel Department.  Both Fuka and Chinami’s houses were severely damaged  in the coastal Miyagi towns of Ishinomaki and Watari which were heavily affected by the disaster.

Ayaka and Ikumi successfully completed their first year and are now second year students at the Hotel Department Pastry Course.  Both are focusing on preparing for employment when they graduate in March.

Please view and enjoy the messages from the students.  Your donations are why they are able to study and share them and it has made such a big difference in their lives!

The link to the four student video messages is:

https://goo.gl/photos/5gDCgD7CBqwa7Etr7.

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Jun 7, 2016

Exchanges Planned and Ishinomaki Programs Update

Maguro Tuna Cooking Show
Maguro Tuna Cooking Show

2016 Exchange Programs -

The return exchange of eight Richmond high school students to Ishinomaki during their Kawabiraki Festival this summer has been planned for late July/early August.  We would like to thank ANA for continuing to support our exchanges with discount trip tickets.  The students will be hosted in ishinomaki by families who sent students to Richmond last year as well as being able to stay at the Kosyakuji ( http://www.kosyakuji.com/kosyaku/) temple where they will have the opportunity to learn some about the practice of Zen.

The second year of the TOMODACHI Randolph Macon College (RMC) –Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) Research Exchange begins with the RMC students and faculty visit to Ishinomaki and other areas of Japan in early July.  Their research projects concerning the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami will take place over a ten week period this summer.  The ISU students and faculty will visit RMC in mid-September and experience American college life as well as share their research results.  

Ishinomaki Projects Update -

We held a Maguro tuna cooking show in Ishinomaki.  We started the event by offering a prayer for the victims of the Kumamoto Earthquake which had occurred the week before.  Many people made donations.  It was delicious and fun. Thank you very much to Celia’s Circle for working with us on this project!

Taylor Anderson Cobaltore Soccer Class continues to be very popular. More and more kindergartens apply for this class, which is almost out of the instructors' capacity!  Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund supports Colaltore Onagawa Soccer class for daycares and kindergartens in Ishinomaki and Onagawa. Soccer classes are held every week.  There are many more pictures of happy soccer students on our Facebook page!

BigUp Ishinomaki which TAMF supports held the 2nd Kid's dinner event. Some children are lonely in the evening at home. They enjoyed cooking Okonomiyaki and playing outside with volunteers from Ishinomaki Senshu University.

TAMF supports another awesome volunteer organization for kids in Ishinomaki, Kodomo Company. Young mothers enjoyed activities at the small community space in this neighborhood playground in the Watanoha area of Ishinomaki.  Kids discuss how they can develop their field, where lots of rubble piled up 5 years ago. Mr. Endo made a nice wood deck!

TAMF supports KOKORO SMILE PROJECT's shopping projects. Ogatsu elementary has 19 students in total from 1st to 6th grades. This is one of the most heavily-damaged area in Ishinomaki.  Kids enjoy learning how to shop with dummy coins at a temporary school building.

Thank you to Kyoko of E-Kids and Naomi of ISU for accompanying the American woman in the picture below who came from Qatar to donate books to the Kazuma ES Taylor Bunko!

On June 15th, GlobalGiving.org will be holding a Bonus Day with $110,000 available in matching funds. There will also be two $1,000 Bonus Prizes that will be awarded to the projects with the highest number of donors and the most funds raised on Bonus Day. This project will receive a 40% match on online donations made between 9:00:01 EDT and 23:59:59 EDT on June 15th.  Please consider having your donation matched on that day!

TAMF Earned GlobalGiving Top-Ranked Organization Status

TAMF has earned GlobalGiving's Top-Ranked organization status and is in the top 10% of the nearly 20,000 organzations that partner with GlobalGiving.  We thank Global Givng for their support and are proud of this designation as a trusted GlobalGiving Partner and supporter of Tohoku recovery.

Cobaltore Soccer Class
Cobaltore Soccer Class
BigUp Ishinomaki 2nd Kid's Dinner Event
BigUp Ishinomaki 2nd Kid's Dinner Event
Kodomo Company playground with Endo-san's new deck
Kodomo Company playground with Endo-san's new deck
Kokoro Smile shopping project at Ogatsu ES
Kokoro Smile shopping project at Ogatsu ES
Book donation to Kazuma ES Principal
Book donation to Kazuma ES Principal

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