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!
Higashihama ES Taylor Bunko Bulletin Board
Onigohama JH Taylor Bunko Full or Books!
"A Gift From Taylor" Display at Kazamidori Cafe
Ishinomaki Mayor Present Appreciation Letter