Build Back Better Tohoku

by Architecture for Humanity

Great news!  Global Giving's Japan Matching Campaign has been extended until November 30 11:59pm EST, so there's still time to have your donations doubled!

Again, during this campaign all donations will be doubled (matched 100% by Global Giving).  Please take this limited opportunity to double your donation in helping Architecture for Humanity Build Back Better Tohoku!

There are also bonus dollars of $1000 for the project that has the most unique amount of donors, so please help us spread the word - tell your friends, family, and colleagues, make phone calls, send emails, post on facebook, tweet on twitter, etc.  Here are some sample tweets:

  • Donations DOUBLED (matched 100%) for a limited time! Help @archforhumanity #BuildBackBetter #Tohoku by donating today! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-back-better-tohoku/
  • Don't miss this chance to DOUBLE your donation & help @archforhumanity help #Tohoku #BuildBackBetter! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-back-better-tohoku/ Spread the word!
  • 8 days left to DOUBLE your donation!  #Tohoku still needs your help. Help @archforhumanity help #Tohoku. Donate today! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-back-better-tohoku/

Any amount is greatly appreciated, as it helps us ensure that we continue helping Tohoku Build Back Better.

huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated so far.  We have been able to raise nearly 2,500 dollars so far with your generous support.

kitakami construction   maeamihama groundbreaking   banya near completion

Recent updates on projects include:

  • Shizugawa Banya 
    Project near completion
  • Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center
    Using a unique method of construction called the "Itakura method," the pre-assembled boards were slotted between posts to form the perimeter of the building.  In only a few short days, the youth center has really begun to take shape!
  • Maeami-hama Community House
    We officially broke ground on November 4th with members of the Maeami community, KMDW, and Architecture for Humanity staff.  Construction hs begun, panels have arrived to the site, and column panels have begun to be assembled. 

These projects would not have been possible without your generous donation.  We cannot stress enough how much your donations mean to our program and hope for your continued interest and support!

 

Best Regards,
Architecture for Humanity

Hello!

The Japan Matching Campaign ends in just a few short days!  Please help us by donating now to double your donation in helping Architecture for Humanity with our efforts to Build Back Better Tohoku!

Again, all donations will be doubled (matched 100% by Global Giving) until November 15 11:59pm EST or until matching funds run out.  This means that if you donate $25, another $25 will donated to us by Global Giving.  Please take this special opportunity to double your impact during this limited time!

Please also help us spread the word - tell your friends, family, and colleagues, make phone calls, send emails, post on facebook, tweet on twitter, etc.  Here are some sample tweets:

  • Donations DOUBLED (matched 100%) for a limited time! Help @archforhumanity #BuildBackBetter #Tohoku by donating today! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-back-better-tohoku/
  • Don't miss this chance to DOUBLE your donation & help @archforhumanity help #Tohoku #BuildBackBetter! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-back-better-tohoku/ Spread the word!
  • 8 days left to DOUBLE your donation!  #Tohoku still needs your help. Help @archforhumanity help #Tohoku. Donate today! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-back-better-tohoku/

You can share it in a fun way too!  One idea is to host a donation dinner party, where you have a computer set up to have friends give donations on the spot!

Any amount is greatly appreciated, as it helps us ensure that we continue helping Tohoku Build Back Better.

kitakami ridgepole raising ceremony   maeamihama foundation prep   banya near completion

Because Architecture for Humanity is often one of the last responders in the event of a disaster, our activities are now ramping up!

With your generous support, we have been able to work on a number of projects in the Tohoku region.  These have been specifically focused in the areas of Economic Development, Access to Sports, and Education and Welfare. To date, we have designed and constructed 7 projects, are currently constructing 3 more (check our here for more info), and have many more to come!  Recent updates on current projects include:

We are also very excited to announce that we will open our first regional office in Japan in just two weeks; a business support center for affected small and medium enterprises to aid in the development of a new and sustainable economic system in the Tohoku region.  Please follow our updates, posted on our Architecture for Humanity Tohoku page.

These projects would not have been possible without your generous donation.  We would like to sincerely thank you again.

We cannot stress enough how much your donations mean to our program and hope for your continued interest and support!

 

Best Regards,
Architecture for Humanity 

November 2012 Tohoku Newsletter Banner

Hello,

Temperatures have dropped, the days are shortening, and Fall foliage is currently at its best in the Tohoku region, fully signifying Autumn.  November begins with Culture day (bunka no hi) on the 3rd, promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavor.  Many culture related events occur this month, so take this opportunity to participate!  Later in the month is Labor Thanksgiving Day (kinro kansha no hi) on the 23rd, commemorating labor and production and giving thanks to one another.  We would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to everyone who has supported us in our efforts!

With November just around the corner, our activities are ramping up!  We have had some exciting news in the past month, and special events coming up, including Global Giving's Japan matching campaign beginning November 1st.  Please read below for details! 

As always, we hope you enjoy seeing where your support has taken this program, and our doors are always open for feedback.

We hope you're enjoying season and are happily welcoming the upcoming winter.

 


 

NEWS 

Double your impact in supporting our efforts in Tohoku!  

Global Giving is running a special matching campaign from November 1 - 15, for projects working on Tohoku recovery and relief efforts.  During this period, Global Giving will match 100% of all donations made through their site, up to $1,000 per donor per project until funds run out.  

Please take this opportunity to support us in helping the Tohoku region.  Any amount can go a long way!

There is only a limited amount in matching funds available, so please consider supporting us as soon as it begins at 12:01 EDT on November 1, 2012 (13:01 JST on November 1st) on our Tohoku fundraising page.  Please also tell your friends, family, and colleagues about this special opportunity - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation!  

We greatly appreciate every donation made, as it helps ensure that we continue helping the Tohoku region.

 

Office Opening

We are happy to announce that we will be opening our Ishinomaki office in just a few weeks!  This is our first regional office in Japan, and will act as a business support center for affected small and medium enterprises to aid in the development of a new and sustainable economic system in the Tohoku region.

 

First Job Creation

Yukino HaranoWe recently had the opportunity to provide advice  and presentation training to Harako Yukino in her application for a subsidy from the Cabinet office.  We are very happy to hear that she was able to pass the screening and receieve a subsidy to start up her business in Ishinomaki - something she could not have done without the money.

She will start an acupuncture clinic (home visit service) geared towards: elderly who live in temporary housing who would otherwise have difficulty receiving these services, and young mothers who are under much stress, raising children in their community without relatives to rely on.  She will also provide oil massage seminars for mothers to eventually hire as an assistant or independent therapist, thus creating new job opportunities for locals.

We're looking forward to seeing her success!

 


 

UPDATES

looking above to catch rice cakes being thrownKitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center (in construction)

The ridgepole-raising ceremony (jyotoushiki) was held on October 15th.  This ceremony is held across Japan to pray for the continued safety of the workers and project construction.  Following the ceremony, carpenters climb up scaffolding with boxes full of red and white colored (colors used at celebratory events) sweet rice cakes and coins wrapped in paper and thrown out to the community.  Many neighbors came out to celebrate and pray for this unique event.  Check out a video of this special event made by our Japan staff here!

 

Banya building near completionShizugawa Fishermen's Workplace "Banya" and Oyster Bar (in construction) 

On October 26, our design fellow Toru met with Mr. Sato (our client) at the site to check the state of construction.  Construction of the roof has been completed, and sashes installed.  With only a few minor fixes to make, the project is very near completion!

 

Maeami reviewing drawings on siteMaeami-hama Community House (in construction)

On a breezy and cold Sunday morning, staff from KMDW (architect of record), local fishermen, and AFH design fellows, joined contractors in preparing for the concrete pour of the foundation.  Holes were drilled into the perimiter of the existing foundation,  portions of the site were excavated, and rebars set in place.  Unfortunately, concrete is still difficult to obtain in this region (especially on schedule) with the many rebuilding projects occuring in this area.  With only the concrete pour remaining, construction of the foundation will be complete, once the concrete is delivered.

 


 

EVENTS

Tohoku Recovery Matching Campaign

During November 1 00:01 EDT - November 15 23:59 EDT, all donations to our Tohoku project through Global Giving will be matched 100%.  Double your impact by participating in this campaign!

 

Seminar by MAKOTO

Business development seminars in Ishinomaki.  

Dates:  November 23, December 7, December 14, December 21, January 11, and January 25 from 18:00~19:30

Place:  AFH Ishinomaki Office

For more information and to register, email us with your name, address, phone, and email.

 


 

TOHOKU PROJECT STATUS REPORT

In Progress
Shizugawa Fishermen's Workspace "Banya" - CA 95%
Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center  - CA 50%
Maeami-hama Community House - CA 05%

Completed
Akahama Covered Alley - Completed Jul/2012
Oshika House - Women's Collaborative - Completed Jul/2012
Paper Crane Sculpture - Completed Jan/2012
Shizugawa Judo Juku - Completed Dec/2011
Ohya Green Sports Park - Completed Dec/2011
Hikado Marketplace - Completed Jul/2011

CA Construction Administration / ; CD Construction Documents / ; DD Design Development / ; SD Schematic Design / ; PD Pre-Design /  - About the Phases

Links:

October 15, the Kitakami "We Are One" market and youth center celebrated a milestone in construction: the roof laying or "topping out" ceremony. Common to construciton projects, the ceremony brings with it some rituals that have over time become staples amonst the community, and dozens gather to share with the builders and architects a pleasant afternoon. See photos and video brought to us by the Architecture for Humanity Japan team:

Folks gathering from as far as the Nikkori Sun Park temporary housing units
Folks gathering from as far as the Nikkori Sun Park temporary housing units


...To what will be the "Topping Out" Roof Framing completion ceremony at the Market

Among the heavy timbers and framed roofs, a shrine is built to honor the Mountain goddess
Among the heavy timbers and framed roofs, a shrine is built to honor the Mountain goddess

Construction crew gathers on site
Builders, architect and design fellows gather at the temporary shrine

Shrine detail
The shrine in detail. Food and sake offerings

Meanwhile, outside...
Meanwhile, another group gathers outside...

Honoring the mountain goddess: two bow, two clap, one bow
Aki takes his turn to honor the mountain goddess

A song is sung by the priest
Individual honors followed by song 

Setting up for the last part of the ceremony
Setting up for the last part of the ceremony

People seem to know what's coming
People seem to know what's coming

GO!!
GO!! The sweet buns and yen are showered down to the community

As multigenerational as it gets...
A ceremony as multigenerational as it gets

Make room for the gents
Make way for the gents...

Some bits are reminiscent of Halloween. May be just human nature to count your "stash"
Some bits are reminiscent of Halloween here in North America. The counting of one's stash may be universal

Udon noodles served after. Delish.
Afterwords, udon noodles are served from an open tent #delish

The Team's 7-minute video of the day provides a great sense of the people living in Kitakami:

http://youtu.be/qpCWlEW-1ZI

 

October 2012 Tohoku Newsletter Banner

Following a hot and rainy summer, October brings a much awaited coolness to Japan.  Leaves have begun to change colors in the Tohoku region, bringing a renewed colorful landscape to the region.  Taiiku-no-hi (Sports and Health Day), promoting physical and mental health is in the second week of October, and many schools and communities hold their annual undou-kai (Field Day) during this season, creating opportunities for community cohesion and a healthy competition amongst members of the community.  We hope that you are able to take this opportunity to appreciate the change in season, and remain active in your daily life.

 

As the Tohoku Rebuilding program expands in scope and capacity, activity ramps up. We'll be capturing progress on a monthly basis via these reports, sent to everyone who has supported Japan's recovery since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. We hope you enjoy seeing where your support has taken this program, and our doors are always open for feedback.

2011

The featured projects show a glimpse into the work we have been involved in over the past few months!  Please feel follow more frequent updates on our Tohoku website


Updates /

Kitakami foundation pourKitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center (in construction)

Construction began in September and we are right on track with our schedule.  With the foundation taking form, the scale of the project is becoming clearer, and one can now picture the completed project with children running about.

  • The Ground Breaking ceremony was held on July 17, where Shinto priests from the local Tsuriishi shrine came to hold the ceremony praying for safe construction of the market and youth center.  The owner, land owner, architect, and AFH staff attended this ceremony.
  • The first two coats of the concrete pour are done, with the final finish coat expected later in construction.
  • The color scheme has been finalized with dark blue for the roof, and white for the walls
  • The ridgepole-raising ceremony (jyotoushiki) is scheduled to be held on October 15th at noon.  Locals will be invited to this ceremony.

 

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Banya building in constructionShizugawa Fishermen's Workplace "Banya" and Oyster Bar (in construction) 

We are in our final stage of construction, and we're only about 2 or 3 weeks away from completion to provide the proper workspace that the fishermen deserve.

  • roof work (waterproofing) has begun
  • some minor work (interior, exterior, foundation) coming soon

  

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Maeami hama modelMaeami-hama Community House (pre-construction)

We're partnering with KMDW (Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop) to construct a community house for the people of Maeami-hama.  With their experience in constructing a similar community building in Miyagi using tsunami washed plywood sheets as structural framing, the Maeami-hama Community House will have an innovative structure, consisting of slits in horizontal sheets of plywood fit into vertical ones.

  • We are in the process of obtaining a building permit, and are expecting to recieve it by November at the latest
  • project completion expected by January 2013

 

 

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Oshika HouseOshika House (completed)

Since this project - a food shop and community space, is in a restricted area where most buildings are temporary, this buidling was designed differently with a more permanent and comforting aesthetic.  The use of Japanese cedar for the walls, and the traditional gable roof construction bring a sense of comfort to visitors, with the low-pitched roof capable of withstanding strong sea winds for years to come.  While giving a sense of permanency, the building was designed and constructed in such a way that it can be easily relocated if government determines to ban permanent construction in this area in the future.

This winning entry from our Build Back Better Tohoku competition was completed in mid-July.

 

 

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Akahama covered alleyCovered Alley (completed)

Many in the community of Akahama village, are currently in temporary housing, where placement is random and sense of community is dissipated.  With the help from NPO Midori-no-ie School, we proposed a covered alley between units, to connect the upper and lower units of a temporary housing complex.  The stairs and roof were designed to reflect traditional architecture, utilized local materials, and encouraged residents to lend their hand for construction to cultivate a sense of community.  

This project was completed in mid-July.  Residents can now finally safely navigate through the complex, inviting opportunities for impromptu social gatherings at covered landings.

 

NPO

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News /


Events /

Seminar by MAKOTO

Business development seminars in Ishinomaki.  Details coming later this month on our website.  Stay tuned.

MAKOTO

 

Tohoku Recovery Matching Campaign

During November 1-15 EDT, all donations to projects to our Tohoku Recovery activities through Global Giving will be matched 100%.  Double your impact by participating in this campaign!  Details to come soon.

 

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Tohoku Project Status Report /

In Progress
Shizugawa Fishermen's Workspace "Banya" /  - CA 70%
Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center /  - CA 20%
Maeami-hama Community House / - Pre-Construction

Completed
Akahama Covered Alley /  - Completed, Jul 2012
Oshika House - Women's Collaborative /  - Completed, Jul 2012
Paper Crane Sculpture /  - Completed, Jan 2012
Shizugawa Judo Juku /  - Completed, Dec 2011
Ohya Green Sports Park /  - Completed, Dec 2011
Hikado Marketplace /  - Completed, Jul 2011

CA Construction Administration /  ; CD Construction Documents /  ; DD Design Development /  ; SD Schematic Design /  ; PD Pre-Design /  - About the Phases 

 

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Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Hiromi Tabei
San Francisco, CA United States

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