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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Jul 10, 2018

Student Exchange Trips and Bonus Day July 18th - Donations Matched 50%!

Inai ES PTA Award to TAMF for Taylor Bunko
Inai ES PTA Award to TAMF for Taylor Bunko

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

Plans are well underway for the first year of a two-year exchange program between Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) and Randolph-Macon College (R-MC). R-MC’s Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Lauren Cohen Bell and Assistant Director of International Education Mayumi Nakamura and staff members from ISU’s international office meet on July 10, 2018 on the campus of Ishinomaki Senshu University to initiate this year’s exchange, building upon the strong relationship already formed between the two institutions. That relationship was deepened and enhanced by the first TOMODACHI Fund/Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund-supported research exchanges that took place between the two colleges in 2015 and 2016.

As part of the renewed exchange visits, students at each institution are developing academic and/or cultural research questions to be explored on each other’s campuses and in each other’s home countries. Special attention will be 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. and elsewhere.

The 2018-2019 program formally begins in early September, 2018, when five ISU students and two ISU faculty will visit R-MC over a two-week period. The ISU delegation’s visit will include time in Washington D.C., Richmond and Ashland, Virginia, as well as several other important historical sites in Virginia. In 2019, a group of students and faculty from Randolph-Macon College will visit Japan and ISU.

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.

Summer High School Exchange - Sixth Year!

Once again high School students from Richmond, VA will visit Japan August 3rd to August 11th with time in Tokyo and Ishinomaki. In Tokyo they will be hosted by one of Taylor’s students who is now a fifth year full scholarship pharmacy student at Meijo University in Nagoya and a full scholarship Graduate Engineering student at Keio U. from Minami-Sanriku. Both were affected deeply by the disaster with one of them losing his single parent. They are an inspiration to us and an added motivation to continue our mission!

The students will visit Ishinomaki where they will stay in a temple (where they will learn zen practices), make clay pottery with students, visit a Taylor Reading Corner (Bunko) at Watanoha E.S., make Ishinomkimono cards at Watahoi Volunteer Center with the Endo’s, learn about the disaster at Ishinomaki Memorial Center and Ishinomaki Newsee, visit Okawa E.S. where 74 students out of 108 perished, see the recovery of Onagawa, and of course, shopping and homestays! The students return to Tokyo on the first day of Obon vacation, one of the busiest days of the year, before returning to the U.S.

Other Happenings

Inai Elementary's PTA gave TAMF an award to show their gratitude for the Taylor Anderson Reading Corner recently donated to their school. One of Taylor's former colleagues works there. One of Taylor's students from this school now teaches English at a high school in Ishinomaki

The IshinomaKimono project donated money to TAMF! out of their profit! Thank you! If wish to purchase card please email Ishinomakimono@gmail.com. The US Embassy in Tokyo is purchasing 200 card for the Christmas season!

Ms. Shreya Nambiar from GlobalGiving visited Ishinomaki to see the Taylor Bunko reading corner at Watanoha Elementary school and our support for Kodopany play park. We are grateful to GlobalGiving for their support!

Bonus Day July 18th!

TAMF has achieved the top ranking of GlobalGiving as a SuperStar and therefore will receive 50% match on donations from 9:00 AM to 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, July 18th while record matching funds of $120,000 last! Just click on our project link at the top of the page to have your donation matched!

Recurring Match: New recurring donations up to $200 per donor per project on Bonus Day will get an additional 100% match on the initial donation as long as it remains active for a minimum of four total payments.

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

Ishinomakimono Card Profit Donation to TAMF
Ishinomakimono Card Profit Donation to TAMF
Shreya Nambiar of GG Visiting Taylor Bunko
Shreya Nambiar of GG Visiting Taylor Bunko
Taylor Bunko Picture Book with Translations
Taylor Bunko Picture Book with Translations
Taylor's Memorial Day Poster at Watanoha ES
Taylor's Memorial Day Poster at Watanoha ES

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