School of Fun for Children in Fukushima

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School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
What's cooking?
What's cooking?

Please find a Japanese version of this report here. 

We have just held "Academy Camp 2014 in Iwaki", in which elementary and junior-high school students from Fukushima participated, together with university students from Tokyo metropolitan area. The two-night camp was held from December 25 to 27, 2014 in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. We stayed at the Iwaki Seaside Nature Center.

During the three-day period, we had a variety of activities focusing on the culture of Iwaki area.

In the first session, we experienced the hula. The hula is known as part of culture in Iwaki, out of which a famous film was made. But a few children have experienced it. After we learnt how to dance the hula, we discussed how to attract the audience with our hula in the second session. In the morning the next day, we held a contest of the hula and asked for support messages on Facebook with team videos. (The video of the team who won the competition is here.)

On the second day, the participants studied the relationship between physical beauty and the nutrition. After that, they learnt the local dishes in Fukushima and chose the menu of the lunch for the following day that they would make. They bought the foodstuff for the menu by themselves. During the shopping, they interviewed people at the fish market and agricultural cooperatives to find out how to distinguish delicious foodstuffs from others and how to cook them, as well as food culture in Iwaki.

On the last day, they made lunch themselves. After that, they made presentations about the selling points of their dishes and why they made them.

This camp was an opportunity for all participants to obtain new points of view, including how they are seen as they dance and how to use the knowledge of nutrition in the daily life, which they would almost never come across in their daily school lives. I hope this opportunity will change their daily “study attitude” towards everything.

Dance the hula
Dance the hula
Nutritions and us
Nutritions and us
Interview at the fish market
Interview at the fish market
Made it! Salmon and salmon eggs with rice
Made it! Salmon and salmon eggs with rice
Mahalo! with gratitude
Mahalo! with gratitude

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We started Fukushima Dragon Boat Academy (FDBA) since July at Lake Inawashiro in Fukushima, and the first season of FDBA was just over.  

As conclusion of 2014 season, we participated in Saitama Dragon Cup in November 2nd. We won our first match as “Bandaisan Dragon “and “Inawashiro Dragon”. Both names are from our hometown, Inawashiro. Both boats are  paddled  by adult from Tokyo and children from Fukushima. We all were nervous, but both did really good job and finally “Bandaisan Dragon “ won to Semi-final.


After we finished our match, it was time to study Dragon Boat. There were strong boat team from all over Japan. The most amazing moment was category of 2000m. Our cheer was getting big, while match was coming to the end. At the end of the day, many people welcomed us to Dragon Boat. When I saw children were talking with people from other team with team card. We can not help to held with big hope.

2 weeks later, We did the last practice at Lake Inawashiro in this season. Winter in Fukushima was already begun, but we could spend really good time with many families and friends of children.
We ended our 2014 season with bow.

Our journey to show Cheerful and Beautiful Fukushima is to be continued. We would like to ask for your help. 

Bow to the Mt.Inawashiro at the tournament
Bow to the Mt.Inawashiro at the tournament
Bandaisan Dragon that won to the semi-final
Bandaisan Dragon that won to the semi-final
The end of season in Inawashiro
The end of season in Inawashiro
Ate "Imoni" with team mate
Ate "Imoni" with team mate
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Smiles at dragon boat exercise at Lake Inawashiro
Smiles at dragon boat exercise at Lake Inawashiro

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

Our busy summer was over, but activities go on at Academy Camp for the communities of Fukushima.

We held a workshop on October 4 in Yokohama at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio University, for families with children who have taken refuge from Fukushima after the nuclear accident. The workshop was held in collaboration with Mamoritai Kodomo Mirai (wanting to save children and future) Project. We learned together the mechanism of earthquakes and how to reduce the risk of severe injuries from them, and made a 100 millionth model of the Earth each to understand the scale of the planet and its surroundings. We were also consulted by parents for their children's proceeding to the next stage of education as they are settling in Kanagawa prefecture where Yokohama is. We may want to continue building supportive and friendly relationships with those families from Fukushima now living in Tokyo metropolitan area.

On every weekend until the end of October, we are exercising paddling dragon boats at Lake Inawashiro, Fukushima prefecture, with our camp-member children and their parents. The exercises come with frequent barbecue opportunities with families that we also enjoy very much. The weekly exercise is part of what we now call "Fukushima Dragon Boat Academy", the first registered dragon boat team in Fukushima founded by Academy Camp, whose main members are children in Fukushima. We see paddling boats as opportunities for both physical and mental exercises, and we are building a scientific methodology together for improving our skills for this relatively new sport.

We will participate in dragon boat races to show the strength of children in Fukushima, beginning with Japan Dragon Canoe Championship to be held in Saitama prefecture in November. We would like to raise funds for the purpose, and we would like to ask for your help.

 

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Making a 100 millionth model of the Earth
Making a 100 millionth model of the Earth
Talking with parents is also fun
Talking with parents is also fun
Our Dragon Boat at Lake Inawashiro
Our Dragon Boat at Lake Inawashiro
Experiencing the nature and physics
Experiencing the nature and physics
With children and their parents, we are the team
With children and their parents, we are the team

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From the improvisation workshop
From the improvisation workshop

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

In August, we held three camps for children living in Fukushima. The last one was held from August 17 to 21, 2014, in Tokyo, largely funded by GlobalGiving donors and Fukushima Kodomo Ryoku Project. Elementary and junior-high school students from Fukushima participated in the camp. We also had some high school students from Fukushima as supporting staff members.

The following is a report by a high school student in Fukushima who had participated in our past camps. She participated in this camp as a public relations staff.

"The term 2 was educational five days. A large number of children participated in the camp for the first time, and it reminded me of my own experience of being nervous, worried and excited at the same time upon participating in Academy Camp for the first time. We studied joyfully with Game De Education (Note: a project by Future University Hakodate) where studying and gaming were mixed, sweated by dancing with W+I&S (Note: a students' circle at Keio University), made many bubbles with special liquid by Mr. Yazaki, and discussed with young government officials from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) about our closest society: schools. In "Us and the Earth" by Prof. Shinichi Takemura, we touched "Tangible Earth" to experience the environment of the Earth and big and small aspects of the world, which made me realize how small I am.

Many of us must agree that we enjoyed the workshop by 6-dim+, an improvisation group, the most. Through games in the workshop, we learned how and why we trust others. The live performance by 6-dim+ made even the one who were quiet and did not smile much open her mouth wide laughing. I thought how wonderful it was to laugh.

Both the terms 1 and 2 provided us with successive discoveries and surprises. Thank you very much indeed for letting me experience the wonderful things, brilliant smiles of children from my Fukushima, and kindness and warmness of university student leaders."

 

BONUS DAY WITH 30% MATCHING

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On this day, your support will make a bigger impact. We would really appreciate if you could spread the word about this opportunity!

Using EEG to control a game
Using EEG to control a game
Dance, dance, dance
Dance, dance, dance
A big and long bubble
A big and long bubble
At the share office where we learned about Earth
At the share office where we learned about Earth
Talking with a government official on education
Talking with a government official on education

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Playing tag in an extreme fashion
Playing tag in an extreme fashion

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

In August, we held three camps for children living in Fukushima. The second one was held from August 10 to 14, 2014, in Tokyo, largely funded by GlobalGiving donors and Fukushima Kodomo Ryoku Project. Elementary and junior-high school students from Fukushima, plus students from Vietnam participated in the camp.

The following is a report by a high school student in Fukushima who had participated in our past camps. She participated in this camp as a public relations staff.

"Academy Camp 2014 Summer Term 1 for me was stimulating five days, not only with children from Fukushima but also with junior-high school students from Vietnam doing activities together. Vietnam and Japan are different in many ways. We use different languages, and more over, we are culturally different. That may have made both of us nervous at first, and we did not talk with each other much. But on the second day, as we played "sport tag" together, we made plans together, and we got closer in each group. We enjoyed a lot dancing in a Vietnamese way at the workshop hosted by the Vietnamese children. This direct encounter with the Vietnamese culture made such an impact on the Fukushima children's minds that many of them said "I want to go to Vietnam!!"

Other activites included learning about weather forecasting from Ms. Yoriko Kato and actually preparing a "seasonal topic" by ourselves, learning about interviewing and wonders of words from Mr. Jun Hori, and going out where we have wanted to visit in Tokyo to actually interview people on their ideas of cool adults as part of "digital orienteering". All were educational to me, but the one impressed me most was an a cappella workshop by "amoroso", a students' circle at Musashi University. We placed our arms around one another's shoulders and made our own choreography to sing "It's a small world" together. It was a moment in which all our minds became one, regardless of languages or cultures."

BONUS DAY WITH 30% MATCHING

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Your support will make a bigger impact on the day. We would really appreciate if you could spread the word about this opportunity!

Shooting pictures representing the season
Shooting pictures representing the season
Singing "It's a small world"
Singing "It's a small world"
A group photo after singing
A group photo after singing
Interviewing on "cool adults"
Interviewing on "cool adults"
Mr. Hori tells the secret of pursuing knowledge
Mr. Hori tells the secret of pursuing knowledge

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