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by The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund
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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.

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

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. 

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

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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Ishinomaki 3000th Day Remembrance Ceremony
Ishinomaki 3000th Day Remembrance Ceremony

As the 3000 day anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake passes and Ishinomaki holds their memorial ceremonies we remember all the loved ones lost and resolve to continue to help in the recovery of the area.

 

Taylor Bunko Dedication at Minato Elementary School March 15, 2019 -

We dedicated the 14th Taylor Bunko to Minato Elementary School in Ishinomaki and were treated to a beautiful ceremony and song from the children. We presented book coupons to the students so their school can fill the shelves with books of their choice. Endo-san made six different rolling bookshelves so each grade has their own. He bore a hole per grade in the American pine so each class knows their bookshelf. He said he used sequoia, the tallest tree, that reaches to Taylor in the sky for a horizontal piece that connects each grade and a hard wood, Indonesian Ulin for the bottom book retaining strip so it would withstand the wear of student use. We told the children we hope the books will help them to find their dreams as Taylor did.

The students at Minato Elementary School in Ishinomaki sang a beautiful song at the Taylor Bunko dedication called "Important Things".  

Important things 

The night spent counting shooting stars with you

Today I feel the same winds we felt that day

No matter how much time passes by and how many seasons go by

I never forget my feelings

I was once unaware of important things

Now these warm feelings in my heart

Hold back my tears when I feel like I’m falling apart

And remember the day I was singing that song

I hear the voice, Take heart. Never feel discouraged.

You taught me the resilience and warmness

If I can see you again, I want to say Thank You

You are far away but I’m here taking heart

I was once unaware of important things

You taught me I am not alone

……Important things….

Taylor Bunko Dedication at Minato Junior High School March 15, 2019 –

We dedicated the 15th Taylor Bunko to Minato JH in Ishinomaki and enjoyed the speech and discussions with the library club VP and student council leaders. They asked for the list of Taylor's favorite childhood books so they could purchase some of them with their book coupons. They were happy that “Narnia” and “Harry Potter” are on the list!  Endo-san told them how he designed their Taylor Bunko with rolling benches where books can be stored on either side of the rolling book case. They will be put outside of the library in the hall so students can stop and sit and read even when the library is closed. We hope these books help to open the world to them as they did for Taylor.

Ishinomakimono Card Project Donation to TAMF

Ryoko presents Jean with a donation to TAMF from the profits of Ishinomakimono card sales. The kimono in the background was just donated. It is a 120 year old wedding kimono and will make for beautiful cards. You can contact Ryoko about the cards at Ishinomakimono@gmail.com!

Project Nozomi Crafts Taylor Necklaces

We are honored to have Project Nozomi craft a line of necklaces in Taylor's memory. We met them Ishinomaki and they presented Jean with a Taylor necklace. They also donated book coupons for Taylor Anderson Reading Corners (Bunko)! Some of the women told us stories about Taylor. They are located in the Watanoha neighborhood very close to the Taylor Bunko at Watanoha ES and the Endo's at Team Watahoi!

Nozomi, which means 'hope' in Japanese, is a faith-based social enterprise bringing sustainable income, community, dignity and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training them to craft high-quality jewelry products. Nozomi women are creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry featuring broken pieces of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami and other up-cycled pottery. Each of our product lines has been named by a Nozomi woman in honor of a loved one in her life. #bebrokenwithus

https://nozomiproject.com/blogs/nozomi-project-blog/a-chance-to-honor-taylor-andersons-memory

TAMF Kodomo Mirai Kikin Symposium on State Of Children in the Disaster Area -

We heard from a panel of experts on the situation of children in the disaster area at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on March 16, 2019.   Many students and families still show the effects of what happened to their families and homes.  A big problem is students dropping out of school.  Many of the participants have programs to help the students recover and return to school. 

We were so happy to see Ren from our TAMF 2017 Summer Exchange of Ishinomaki High School students to Richmond and Washington, DC! He spoke at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo at our TAMF and Kodomo Mirai Kikin symposium about the situation of children in the disaster area. Ren just graduated high school and will be going to college to pursue a career in robotics. He said the exchange changed his life and he would like to pursue a global career in automobile robotics. We look forward to hearing from him again as he crafts his future!

Tokyo TAMF Charity Seminar Held in May

A Charity seminar was held on Sunday 12 at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo. All the charity money over 3 million yen will be gifted to TAMF. Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki of the president of TAMF spoke appreciation at the beginning of the event. 

Taylor Bunko Outreach – Visit to Ishinomaki ES

We visited Ishinomaki Elementary school which is one of the 13 Ishinomaki Elementary Schools that received books through the Taylor Bunko Outreach Program. We talked with the librarian club students including Haru, who welcomed Gracie for homestay last summer and a student journalist from the Ishinomaki Hibi kids newspaper (www.facebook.com/kodomomiraikenkyusho/ who was invited to Manchester, the U.K. The butterflies on the bulletin board are inspired by the book "A Gift from Taylor" by Naomi Chiba who wrote the book so students though time would understand the story of why there are Taylor Bunkos in their schools. She writes that Endo-san's two children who had Taylor as a teacher said that "she flew from school to school like a butterfly" on her bike and he added "spreading hopes and dreams". Books will be donated to the remaining 20 Ishinomaki E.S the next two years.  

We also had lunch with the 6th graders who would graduate in two days.  The students asked us questions. The article mentions that among the questions they asked are where are you from and do you like Japanese foods. We answered Virginia, USA and the school lunch is very healthy and tastes good!! This was the students second to the last lunch together before they graduated so it was an honor to be with them. They also got to choose the menu, and of course, prepare and clean up!

TAMF, in conjunction with the Ishinomaki Board of Education (BOE), started a three year Taylor Bunko Outreach  program of donating English books to  33 Ishinomaki elementary schools as " a gift from Taylor".  This benefits 6,518 students.   This year we donated to 13 schools and a ceremony was held at Ishinomaki elementary school on October 18 where TAMF managing director Mr. Takanarita, donated  the book package to Mr. Kamei, the school principal and to students.  Each school receives 40 Japanese-English picture books chosen by the BOE and a 30,000 yen book card for the school  to choose their own books.  The donation includes the book “A Gift From Taylor” written by Naomi Chiba, which is a Japanese-English book explaining the story of Taylor Bunko’s to students..  Maruzen book importer provided bulk pricing.   We will donate to 13 schools in next year and 7 in 2020.

Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Kid Journalists have Workshop with Mr. Shinichi Endo

We reported last time about this workshop and since then an English article in Kyoko News has been published.  Please enjoy at https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/03/91a7935995c7-feature-survivors-craft-helps-rebuild-a-life-shattered-by-2011-tsunami.html.

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Minato ES Taylor Bunko Bookshelves
Minato ES Taylor Bunko Bookshelves
Minato JH Taylor Bunko Dedication
Minato JH Taylor Bunko Dedication
Minato JH Taylor Bunko Article
Minato JH Taylor Bunko Article
Ishinomakimono Card Profit Donation to TAMF
Ishinomakimono Card Profit Donation to TAMF
Project Nozomi Group Picture
Project Nozomi Group Picture
Project Nozomi Taylor Necklaces
Project Nozomi Taylor Necklaces
TAMF Mirai Kikin Symposium Panel
TAMF Mirai Kikin Symposium Panel
Ren Speaks at TAMF Mirai Kikin Symposium
Ren Speaks at TAMF Mirai Kikin Symposium
Ambassador Fujisaki Charity Seminar Presentation
Ambassador Fujisaki Charity Seminar Presentation
Ishinomaki ES Taylor Bunko Outreach Visit
Ishinomaki ES Taylor Bunko Outreach Visit
Ishinomaki ES Taylor Bunko Outreach Lunch
Ishinomaki ES Taylor Bunko Outreach Lunch

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Taylor Bunko Outreach at Ishinomaki ES
Taylor Bunko Outreach at Ishinomaki ES

Taylor Bunko Outreach – Book Donations to all 33 Ishinomaki ES Over Three Years

TAMF, in conjunction with the Ishinomaki Board of Education (BOE), started a three year Taylor Bunko Outreach program of donating English books to 33 Ishinomaki elementary schools as " a gift from Taylor". This benefits 6,518 students. This year we donated to 13 schools and a ceremony was held at Ishinomaki elementary school on October 18 where TAMF managing director Mr. Takanarita, donated the book package to Mr. Kamei, the school principal and to students. Each school receives 40 Japanese-English picture books chosen by the BOE and a 30,000 yen book card for the school to choose their own books. The donation includes the book “A Gift From Taylor” written by Naomi Chiba, which is a Japanese-English book explaining the story of Taylor Bunko’s to students.. Maruzen book importer provided bulk pricing. We will donate to 13 schools in next year and 7 in 2020.

Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Kid Journalists have Workshop with Mr. Shinichi Endo

Mr. Shinichi Endo had a workshop for Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo kid journalists. Most elementary school students don't know the word "Gareki" or rubble, because they were infants eight years ago.

Shinichi-san brought a long board called Gareki and explained what it was. He called the workshop "to give another life to Gareki."

Kids created mobile phone straps and pendants with Shinichi-san's help. A kid journalist interviewed him after the workshop. It will be covered in the next Kodomo kid newspaper issue.

TAMF Sponsors International High School Forum

An international disaster recovery forum was held at Ishinomaki Nishi high school with support from TAMF. Thomas from Missouri shared his story of when a tornado hit his town in 2011. His high school and his town were beautifully rebuilt with the help of volunteers and a lot of people, which is called Joplin model.

Zihu-Jyun talked about the 2018 earthquake disaster in her country, Taiwan. Minkyong shared her challenge to reduce plastic garbage in South Korea.

Miyu, Shuntaro and Juri explained what happened seven and half years ago, how they recovered and how they have shared stories as volunteer storytellers.

Ishinomaki English Speech Competition Winner Receives Taylor Trophy

Sae of Minato JH in Ishinomaki won the Taylor Award this year and made a brilliant speech at the Prefecture-level competition where only regional winners can participate. So competitive!  Although she didn't win this time, she touched the audience. Her story was about being bullied but facing it bravely and to be herself.

She is also a kid journalist and writes articles for the Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Kid newspaper. She has so many talents! Sae, said happily she wanted to work at a hotel near an airport in the future. She wants to improve her English.

US Embassy Tokyo Purchases 200 Ishinomakimono Cards

The US Embassy in Tokyo purchased 200 Ishinomakimono cards for the holiday season. We, along with Team Wathoi, thank the Embassy for their support!

TAMF Named a GlobalGiving Top-Ranked Organization

TAMF is so honored to have earned the "Top-Ranked Organization" status from GlobalGiving!  A GlobalGiving representative visited some of our projects in Ishinomaki last year and GG constantly provide encouragement and help. We are most thankful for this support!

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

Taylor Bunko Outreach Newspaper Article
Taylor Bunko Outreach Newspaper Article
Shinichi Endo's Gareki Workshop
Shinichi Endo's Gareki Workshop
Shinichi Endo's Gareki Workshop straps
Shinichi Endo's Gareki Workshop straps
International Disaster Recovery HS Forum
International Disaster Recovery HS Forum
Ishinomaki English Speech Contest Winner Sae
Ishinomaki English Speech Contest Winner Sae
Taylor Trophy  Presented to Sae
Taylor Trophy Presented to Sae

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