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by The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund
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Ishinomaki Kahoku Article "Beyond the Brokeness"
Ishinomaki Kahoku Article "Beyond the Brokeness"

The TAMF Board had a Zoom board meeting in June and approved projects for the upcoming year which we will report as implemented!  

Three New Taylor Bunkos

We are excited to announce that three new Taylor Bunkos will be built by Endo-san for Onagawa Elementary School, Onagawa Middle School and Ohara Elementary School. This will bring the total number to 23.

 Randolph-Macon Students Produce “Beyond the Brokeness”

Randolph-Macon College (RMC, Taylor’s Alma Mater) and Ishinomaki Senshu University have an International Exchange Agreement. RMC students visited Ishinomaki last June and interviewed Ishinomaki residents. The 37-minute-long English speaking movie "Beyond the Brokenness" depicts the beautifulness in Japan and Japanese which students found in the area. This film was created in RMC's theater class. Fourteen students appear. They interviewed eleven people including a bereaved family, ISU, and other Ishinomaki residents. Scenes of clouds and waves are inserted. Three RMC faculty and students interviewed. 

They originally planned to act this story on the stage but had to change due to COVID-19. They want to perform the production on stage after the current situation. 

Yuki, a senior at ISU, visited RMC in 2018. He comments "They are not the disaster victim, but try to understand our experience. So kind. Thank you"

You can view the video production at this link:

https://www.rmc.edu/news-and-calendar/news-stories/2020/05/15/beyond-the-brokenness-(video)

The Ishinomaki section of the Kahoku Shimpo, the largest newspaper in the Miyagi prefecture, carried this story:

https://sp.kahoku.co.jp/special/spe1000/20200623_17.html?fbclid=IwAR16DG5mQ021ArBERHkcBixNPCB3oJZPOQyNXVSztcp-cqs1q7exRPsacd4 

Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) Library Video

ISU has produced a video about their library for prospective students that includes the Taylor Anderson Reading Corner or Taylor Bunko.  Naomi, the librarian in the video, wrote the book "A Gift from Taylor" which tells the story to students of why there are Taylor bunkos in their schools.  A copy of the book is in each of the 20 Taylor bunkos.  Well done Naomi and thank you! https://youtu.be/JGh84902hUA

TBS Television Stories about TAMF Activities

TBS aired two stories in Japan about one of Taylor’s students.  Eriko was in 5th grade at Kezuma ES in 2011.  The Anderson family visited her school in 2013 to dedicate a Taylor bunko. She now studies English at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. She says many students loved learning from Taylor and she speaks English fluently. Her school "happens to " be related to Taylor's Randolph-Macon College (RMC). Those two are sister schools, which Eriko didn't know when she applied for the program to visit RMC. Eriko visited RMC in March and met Taylor’s parents and was able to share her story in English with them.  We were unable to supply the links at that time, but have them now in the links below.  We just heard from the reporter that she has recently met with Eriko and Eriko reports she has gotten into the habit of reading books! 

The TBS reporter has since met with Endo-san, TAMF Advisor and Taylor Bunko bookshelf maker, and will share his story in a half hour special on Sept 21st.

https://youtu.be/CMQCbe4LmSY

https://youtu.be/rRIBa54Eps0

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Ayukawa ES Taylor Bunko Presentation
Ayukawa ES Taylor Bunko Presentation

Three New Taylor Bunkos

In February A whale shaped Taylor bunko made by Endo-san was presented to Ayukawa ES in Ishinomaki by Co-Chair Ichiro Fujisaki and Jason Hyland of MGM. This was the 18th Taylor Bunko built by Endo-san and each is different and designed for that school. The school was presented with book coupons to buy books of their choice. It also comes with the book by Naomi Chiba "A Gift from Taylor" which tells the story in Japanese and English to students of why the Taylor Bunkos were created. 

In March a Taylor bunko made by Endo-san was presented to Oshika Junior High in Ishinomaki by TAMF Advisor Shinichi Endo. This was the 19th Taylor Bunko built by Endo-san and each is different and designed for that school. The school was presented with book coupons to buy books of their choice. The Principal, Vice-Principal and teachers are shown in the pictures with Endo-san . We are so fortunate to have Endo-san's creative ability and craftsmanship as are the schools and students! 

Ayukawa elementary school and Oshika junior high school are located in Ayukawa at the tip of the Oshika peninsula. A tourist facility was established in October. In April, there will be open a whale land (Whale Museum). It is hoped that people will visit and the tourist industry will also help the Oshika peninsula to become popular and recover. 

The 20th Taylor Bunko was presented to Kitakami elementary school in Ishinomaki in April where classes in the new school building have recently begun. The Kitakami area was severely damaged by the tsunami so the population has decreased. There used to be three elementary schools in this area, but two of the three were completely destroyed. The new Kitakami Elementary School took the place of the three schools. Fund advisor and bookshelf maker Endo-san tells us, "Each of the bookshelf's design is symbolic of particular characteristics in each area." As always, they were designed with the input of the school. Endo-san also presented book coupons to the school principal so they can fill the bookshelves with books!

 Taylor Trophy Presented to Ishinomaki English Speech Contest Winner

This year’s speech contest winner was won by Risako, a ninth grader from Yamoto Middle School.   The wooden trophy was made by Endo-san.

 NHK and TBS Television Stories about TAMF Activities

“American tsunami victim's legacy lives on “ - An inspirational NHK World and NHK Story about Ayaka, a Taylor Scholarship graduate from the Sendai YMCA College who lives her dream after her loss of her mother in the tsunami. The story also tells of programs at Randolph-Macon College, Taylor's alma mater. There are links to video and digital story below.

TBS aired a story in Japan about one of Taylor’s students. Eriko was in 5th grade at Kezuma ES in 2011. The Anderson family visited her school in 2013 to dedicate a Taylor bunko. She remembers Taylor fondly and now studies English at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. She says many students loved learning from Taylor and she speaks English fluently. Her school "happens to " be related to Taylor's Randolph-Macon College (RMC). Those two are sister schools, which Eriko didn't know when she applied for the program to visit RMC. Eriko visited RMC in March and met Taylor’s parents and was able to share her story in English with them. Unfortunately the link has expired, but the story was also published by the Asahi Shimbun and is shown in the photo links.

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Ayukawa ES Taylor Bunko Newspaper Article
Ayukawa ES Taylor Bunko Newspaper Article
Oshika JH Taylor Bunko - Endo-san and Principal
Oshika JH Taylor Bunko - Endo-san and Principal
Oshika JH Taylor Bunko Presentation
Oshika JH Taylor Bunko Presentation
Kitakami ES teachers with Endo-San
Kitakami ES teachers with Endo-San
Endo-San and Kitakami ES Principal
Endo-San and Kitakami ES Principal
Taylor's Student Eriko Visits RMC
Taylor's Student Eriko Visits RMC
Taylor Trophy Winner Risako
Taylor Trophy Winner Risako

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Endo-san Presents Taylor Bunko to Higashihama ES
Endo-san Presents Taylor Bunko to Higashihama ES

Two New Taylor Bunkos

The 14th and 15th Taylor Bunkos made by Endo-san were installed at Higashihama Elementary School and Onigohama Junior High in Ishinomaki.  In addition to Endo-san being the craftsman who has made and installed all the Taylor Bunko’s, TAMF is fortunate to have him as advisor To TAMF.  

We heard from the vice-principal at Higashihama ES that the bookshelves are divided into six so it can be transformed into various shapes. The atmosphere changes as the location changes.  Each school received money to buy books and Higashihama will decide which English books to buy with the advice of Chiba-san of Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) Library.  ISU also has a Taylor Bunko.   We received thank you letters from the students.

The Higashihama area is a fishing industry area in the center of the Oshika peninsula. Some people left Higashihama area after the Great east Japan earthquake. Now they live in Watanoha area, about 20 km away. From the Watanoha area, it takes about 30 minutes by car to arrive Higashihama. The number of people living in Oginohama and Momonoura, near Oginohama junior high school, has fallen dramatically because of the destruction of the area from the 2011 tsunami.  Currently, construction workers are working on roads, waterways, and seawalls and it is a few years away from completion to once again be a place to support a family.  If young people are interested in fishing industry, and there are working places such as fish processing plants, restaurants, and tourist facilities nearby, more people will live in the area and visit it. 

Ayukawa elementary school and Oshika junior high school are located in Ayukawa at the tip of the Oshika peninsula. A tourist facility was established in October. In April, there will be open a whale land (Whale Museum). It is hoped that people will visit and the tourist industry will also help the Oshika peninsula to become popular and recover.

Taylor Bunko Collaboration to Better Education

On the 12th of December, there was a meeting of vice principals to discuss ways to improve the use of their Taylor Bunko’s  in the education of their students. The vice principals of Mangokuura, Watanoha, Minato, and Kazuma elementary schools, and Mangokuura, Watanoha, Minato, and Maginohama junior high schools participated.

Sharing Taylor Bunko’s in the Ishinomaki Community

The vice principal of Hagashihama ES wanted people to know about Taylor’s wish and Taylor Bunko.  He set up two stores displays including the book written by Chiba-san "A Gift from Taylor".One is “Kazamidori”, which Taylor liked in Hiyoriyama, Ishinomaki. The other is coffee shop “Ishikawa”. This shop has a counter made by Endo-san.  Next to the book is a photo of Taylor Bunko at Higashihama Elementary School. 

City of Ishinomaki Appreciation Letter to TAMF

TAMF has given English books as "a gift from Taylor Bunko" to all 33 elementary schools in ishinomaki city from the last year.  Takanarita-san, Executive Director of TAMF, met with Mr. Hiroshi Kameyama, mayor of Ishinomaki, who presented a letter of appreciation to TAMF. We appreciate the willingness of the City of Ishinomaki to work with us as we continue to fulfill our mission.  We have been very fortunate to have had Takanarita-san, who arranged for the first Taylor Bunko at Mangokuura ES in September, 2011 and all since, with the help of the mayor and Endo-san, to be able to continue our support of Ishinomaki students, families and schools.

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Endo-san and students enjoy new Taylor Bunko!
Endo-san and students enjoy new Taylor Bunko!
Higashihama ES Taylor Bunko Bulletin Board
Higashihama ES Taylor Bunko Bulletin Board
Onigohama JH Taylor Bunko Full or Books!
Onigohama JH Taylor Bunko Full or Books!
"A Gift From Taylor" Display at Kazamidori Cafe
"A Gift From Taylor" Display at Kazamidori Cafe
Ishinomaki Mayor Present Appreciation Letter
Ishinomaki Mayor Present Appreciation Letter

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YMCA Camp Thunderbird Group Picture
YMCA Camp Thunderbird Group Picture

High School Summer Exchange

Six Ishinomaki high school exchange students chaperoned by one of Taylor’s former students visited Richmond, VA and Washington, DC August 7th to 13th for our sixth high school student exchange.  We worked with the Ishinomaki Board of Education to have students apply with written essays. They told us of their hopes and dreams of visiting America and they came true in this visit! The host families in each location did a wonderful job..  Thank you to All Nippon Airways (ANA) for providing generous discount airline tickets even during their busy season!    

In Richmond, the participants had a great time at YMCA Camp Thunderbird with zip line, archery, marksmanship, low ropes and games with counselors in training. Thank you to the Camp Thunderbird team!  One of Richmond host families had a BBQ and pool party. It was a great way to end a full day from Camp Thunderbird in the morning to host family experiences in the afternoon and a good night sleep after fun in the pool!

Other activities in Richmond included bowling, video games and then an afternoon to explore everything from trampoline parks to shopping!  We were treated to two performances from our visitors and had a wonderful farewell dinner along the James River!

The Richmond host families drove their students to the Washington, DC area to meet their Washington host families at a Japanese style shaved ice party in Mclean.  The students visited Annapolis, Baltimore, Tysons Corner Shopping Mall and toured Washington, DC. in addition to having free time with host families to play laser tag and shop.  The Washington portion of the trip ended with a farewell pizza and pool party. 

Thank you to Camp O-En and Tabi Club for organizing and providing group transportation and tours in the DC area. 

We heard feedback from the students and host families that it was a wonderful experience for all with life long memories and new friends made!

 Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) #TOMODACHI Student Exchange

The US Japan Council TOMODACHI program has supported our research exchange program between Randolph-Macon College (Taylor's alma mater) and Ishinomaki Senshu University. This is the fourth year of the SURF/TAMF/TOMODACHI Exchange.

The R-MC contingent visited Tokyo and Kyoto prior to traveling to Ishinomaki.   Ishinomaki and Onagawa included visits to the Ishinomaki Fire Department to learn about how first responders focus in a disaster, as well as a visit to Onagawa Town Hall, where they had a meeting with the Mayor and learned about how the Town came together to focus on recovery. We also had a walking tour of Onagawa hospital and its disaster-related display with a local resident who lived in temporary housing for six years, who also told us about his own experience during the disaster.

Additional visits and meetings included the Ishinomaki Police Station, Newsee Museum, Watahoi Volunteer Center, and the Nozomi Project, cultural events (kimono wearing!), food, and fellowship with friends and colleagues from Ishinomaki Senshu University.

An article by Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun about the visit to ISU and Ishinomaki. (picture included)  features their cultural activities and experiences with the Kimono wearing workshop, visit to the children center “Raitsu,” etc. It includes students’ quotes: “I want to present my research findings at conferences” said one student and “It was really hard to control my emotions when I interviewed a mother who lost her young daughter. I hope to show the resilience of the people in Ishinomaki in my theater production at R-MC” said another.

U.S. Consul General Lee and Chargé d’Affaires Young Visit Taylor Bunko

We are thankful to the US Embassy Tokyo, Consul General Lee and Chargé d’Affaires Young for visiting the Ishinomaki Senshu Univiversity (ISU) Taylor Bunko, learning about Taylor from her friend Chiba-san of ISU and donating books! Thank you to US Japan Council #TOMODACHI, ISU and Taylor's alma mater Randolph-Macon College, for their continued support of Taylor's dream to be a bridge between Japan and the U.S. 

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Richmond Pool Party
Richmond Pool Party
Students at Richmond Farewell Dinner
Students at Richmond Farewell Dinner
Students Visit US Naval Academy in Annapolis
Students Visit US Naval Academy in Annapolis
R-MC - ISU Exchange visit Ishinomaki Fire Dept
R-MC - ISU Exchange visit Ishinomaki Fire Dept
R-MC ISU Exchange Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun Article
R-MC ISU Exchange Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun Article
Charge D'Affaires Young & Consul Gen Lee at ISU
Charge D'Affaires Young & Consul Gen Lee at ISU

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2017 Exchange Students and Washington DC Hosts
2017 Exchange Students and Washington DC Hosts

High School Summer Exchange

We have six Ishinomaki high school exchange students chaperoned by one of Taylor’s former students visiting Richmond, VA and Washington, DC August 7th to 13th.   We worked with the Ishinomaki Board of Education to have students apply with written essays. They told us of their hopes and dreams of visiting America and we are very excited to have them visit! They will be staying with host families in each location and we look forward to reporting results in our next update.    

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