Nov 27, 2018

Successful Exchange and Give Today for #GivingTuesday Match!

ISU Research Paper Presentation at R-MC
ISU Research Paper Presentation at R-MC

Randolph Macon College (R-MC) and Ishinomaki Senshu University ( ISU) TOMODACHI Exchange Program

The first year exchange of a two-year exchange program between Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) and Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) started with the ISU group consisting of five students and two faculty arriving September 4th in Washington, DC. The first day included a visit for a visit to The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and some sightseeing. The next day included a great morning at the U.S.-Japan Council (the TOMODACHI program creator and administrator), followed by some sightseeing in DC before getting on the train to R-MC in Ashland, VA!

The Richmond area portion of the visit included visits to President James Madison’s Montpelier, San-J (Japanese soy sauce company with its U.S. headquarters in Richmond, R-MC baseball team library and new science building, dinner with R-MC’s President Lindgren, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with it’s amazing Faberge collection, brunch and shopping in Carytown, the James River and Short Pump mall. It was a great honor to be greeted by Mayor Trivett, the council members of the Ashland Town Hall and APD officers one morning.  

.the ISU students made truly impressive presentations of their research. The research work itself is exciting and innovative but the fact that they each prepared and presented a detailed presentation in *English* was truly amazing. Subarashi!! Special attention was given to the themes of disaster and recovery, in recognition not only of the 3.11.11 disasters in Tohoku, but also of the continuing challenges posed more recently by natural disasters in the U.S., Japan and elsewhere.

A special collaboration class of Japanese elementary courses(JAPN111, section 1 and 2) with the ISU group from Japan yesterday was held. The students of R-MC learned Kanji of the days of the week, enjoyed communication in both languages. They also made a Talkative Fox with Origami paper.

The last day before returning home was spent at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point, a quick trip to Williamsburg, and a farewell dinner with some of the R-MC students and faculty who were a big part of the program’s success.

We are excited to once again have TOMODACHI’s (usjapantomodachi.org) support with this exchange and to see the partnership between these two schools continue to expand since the initial 2015 and 2016 exchanges..

#GivingTuesday Campaign November 27, 2018

Please donate today when donations to TAMF will be matched proportionately matched by GlobalGiving’s $150,000 2018 #GivingTuesday Campaign!

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

NRCC Visit
NRCC Visit
US Japan Council TOMODACHI Visit
US Japan Council TOMODACHI Visit
Ashland, VA Town Hall Visit
Ashland, VA Town Hall Visit
James River with Richmond skyline
James River with Richmond skyline
Collaboration with R-MC Japanese Classes
Collaboration with R-MC Japanese Classes

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Oct 10, 2018

2018 Summer High School Exchange and Other News

TAMF Exchange Tokyo Welcome Dinner
TAMF Exchange Tokyo Welcome Dinner

 

Summer High School Exchange

High School students from Richmond, VA visited Japan August 3rd to August 11th with time in Tokyo and Ishinomaki. In Tokyo they were hosted by Nao, one of Taylor’s students who is now a fifth year full scholarship pharmacy student at Meijo University in Nagoya and Hiroki, a full scholarship Graduate Engineering student at Keio U. from Minami-Sanriku. Ishinomaki students who visited Richmond, VA and Washington, DC last year joined the group at various times for a nice reunion. The students were also welcomed by TAMF board members at a welcome dinner in Asakusa. They had a tour of Keio U., enjoyed karaoke, a Hedgehog Café in Harajuku and Tokyo rush hour!

The students visited Ishinomaki where they stayed at Kashkuji Temple (where they started each day with zen practices), make clay pottery with students, visited a Taylor Reading Corner (Bunko) at Watanoha E.S., made Ishinomkimono cards at Watahoi Volunteer Center with the Endo’s, learned about the disaster at Ishinomaki Memorial Center and Ishinomaki Newsee, visited Okawa E.S. where 74 students out of 108 perished, had a tour of the recovery of Onagawa (see more below), and of course, shopping and homestays! Please see the link below to an artcile about their visit to Ishinomaki.  The students returned to Tokyo on the first day of Obon vacation, one of the busiest days of the year, before returning to the U.S. Their last night included a ninja restaurant in Akasaka.  Please read the school newspaper article written below by one of the students from St. Catherines, where Taylor attended high school and the original host of TAMF!

Mr. Abe of Onagawa explained to the group what happened there during the earthquake and tsunami. They followed the exact route of his evacuation that day. Pictures that day showed the height the tsunami reached. They visited a monument Junior high school students built to teach the lessons of the tsunami to future students.

English Speech Competition Winner and Young Student Journalists

Sae of Minato JH in Ishinomaki won Taylor Award this year and made a brilliant speech at Prefecture-level competition, where only regional winners can participate.

Although she didn't win this time, her audience appreciated her speech. Her story was about being bullied, but facing it bravely to be herself. She is also a kid journalist and writes articles for Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Kid newspaper. She has so many talents!

Kid journalists of Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Newspaper visited Taylor Reading Corner at Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) to gather their who, what, when, where and how information for an article in their newspaper about the Taylor Bunko at ISU. There is a link to the article on the ISU website below.

“Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story” Screening in Kobe October 17th to Raise Funds for TAMF

Join Regge Life at a screening of Live Your Dream at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum or Art in Kobe on October 17th! Thank you to JET Program Alumni Association of Western Japan and the US Consulate Osaka for sponsoring this screening!

#GivingTuesday Campaign November 27, 2018

Mark your calendars for #GivingTuesday when donations to TAMF will be matched 50% by GlobalGiving

TAMF Awarded GlobalGiving Grant for 2019-2020 Exchange

Thank you to GlobalGIving for honoring TAMF with a grant for our 2019-2020 High School Exchange Program. Ishinomaki students will be hosted in Richmond the summer of 2019 and Richmond host students will return in 2020. We need additional support to fund the programs, but are confident with your help we will be able to continue this life changing program which builds a bridge between our two countries.

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

Eleanor Robb's Exchange Article
Eleanor Robb's Exchange Article
Exchange Students Visit Watanoha ES Taylor Bunko
Exchange Students Visit Watanoha ES Taylor Bunko
Making Ishinomakimono Cards!
Making Ishinomakimono Cards!
Temple Stay!
Temple Stay!
English Speech Competition Winner
English Speech Competition Winner

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Sep 12, 2018

Students Report on Summer Internships!

Sendai YMCA College Catalog Cover
Sendai YMCA College Catalog Cover

Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, shares that the four Taylor Scholarship students have done well on their exams.  He also reports that we will have new scholarship students announced in October.  

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.  Please watch the video below by Riku who reports for all of the students since they are currently on vacation.  We thank you for watching! 

 Message from Riku - https://youtu.be/EYRKQBggl3Q

Restaurant Service Demonstration by Riku - https://youtu.be/FFHUIxEp4h4

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.

 

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