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 Education  Japan Project #16403

Rebuilding community from tsunami with education

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Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Exciting  summer full of children!
Exciting summer full of children!

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your continuous support!  MORIUMIUS has finished our fourth summer.  Over one hundred children visited our summer program.  Mixture of local, national, and international children gathered to MORIUMIUS to enjoy the nature as well as to interact with local people.  Learning sustainable living through experiences in forest, farm land, and ocean were the theme here, adding local culture and history of what happen on March 11, 2011.

It has been over seven and a half year since the disaster struck this region.    Permanent homes are almost finished, and more locals are starting to come back to their hometown.  Ten meter sea wall has constructed, covering the bay of Ogatsu.

MORIUMIUS was ranked third in Nikkei's national ranking of renovated abandoned schoold in Japan!  Nikkei is one of the largest newspaper pubilisher in Japan, focused on economy like Wall Street Journal of US.

We are continuing to work closely with local elementary school to visit monthly to learn about sustainability as well as their hometown.  They are very happy to be in nature, and to be with children gathering from around the world.  We also started to provide after school program for junior high school students from September.

Artist at MORIUMIUS project has been very active this past summer, receving three artist from US and from Brazil.  They have provided so many creative moments for children but also for the local community.  Now MORIUMIUS is filled with art, becoming to be an art museum!

Also, we have had special guest such as former chef at world renowned restaurant “Gordon Ramsey" in UK, and former champion of World Pasta Championship.  His special talent added unique experiences that children could not gain.

Past weekend was a very special weekend at MORIUMIUS.  As fall approaches, our 7th annual sporting event was organized with the local community.  More than one hundred locals as well as families and corporate guests gathered to organize one big event focused on sports.  Many physical activities even for older generation was held.  MORIUMIUS was filled with so many smiles!

Warm regards,
Giant sea wall covering the bay of Ogatsu
Giant sea wall covering the bay of Ogatsu
Chef providing opportunities for children
Chef providing opportunities for children
Local elementary school students in art program
Local elementary school students in art program
Seventh annual sport event
Seventh annual sport event
Locals gathered to participate
Locals gathered to participate

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Celebrating third anniversary
Celebrating third anniversary

Dear supporters,

 

Thank you for your continuous support!  On July 18, MORIUMIUS turned three years!  After opening its door to children in 2015, we have been receiving over 4,500 children and adults, providing sustainable learning experiences to children and to revitalize community once devastated from the massive tsunami in 2011.  The abandoned school closed in 2002, became a symbol of the community.  Many residents who have decided to stay are feeling joy seeing and interacting with children visiting.  We are also contributing to the community through hiring local staff as well as purchase local produce.

Local Ogatsu elementary school has been working closely with MORIUMIUS organizing a class at MORIUMIUS every month.  Children number has decreased dramatically since the disaster, now only twenty-one children attending school.  Although very few, it is easy to organize a program in the nature of Ogatsu.  In the forest, farmland, and ocean, interacting with local people, children are learning how to live sustainably as well as gain proud to the environment they live in.  In March, children had a chance to present their learning to university students visiting from Hong Kong.  Despite the fact that they were nervous, they became very proud and learned the importance of sending messages out after the presentation. 

In spring break, we invited children from foster homes for our one week program.  Twenty children were here from Tokyo and Fukushima.  For most children, it was the first time to stay outside of their homes.  They seemed nervous in the beginning, but started to enjoy the environment specially taking care of animals.  Children seemed not use to cooking their own meals, washing dishes, and laundry.  Not only it was a great opportunity to be away from their homes, but also taking care of their own daily life was very important experience for them.

Recently, MORIUMIUS was ranked third in one of the largest newspaper in Japan as renovated school in nation.  This came out as surprise, but judges of this award gave very nice comments like small fishing village determined to receive children of future for creating their own future.  

We have been busy getting ready for another exciting summer.  We are going to organize five one week program.  Children from all over the world, as well as intern students and artist are going to gather from July 21.  Going into fourth year, continuing to provide learning opportunities to children, to revitalize community of Ogatsu is going to continue.

Because of you, we have gained another important chapter in history of MORIUMIUS.  Thank you, your support is always an energy to move forward.  Looking forward to another exciting year and your continuous support. 

 

 

Cutting big tuna for anniversary dinner
Cutting big tuna for anniversary dinner
Working with local farmer to find potatoes
Working with local farmer to find potatoes
Local student presentation to Univ. of Hong Kong
Local student presentation to Univ. of Hong Kong
Planting rice in organic rice field
Planting rice in organic rice field

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Cherry blossom!
Cherry blossom!

Dear supporters,
Thank you always for your support.
Partnership with local Ogatsu Elementary school is developing.  Every month, students visit MORIUMIUS for a day in order to participate to our programs.  Through those porgrams, they are able to feel/ sense how we can live sustainably with nature as well as gain proud of their community and environment.  In February, students had a chance to present about their town Ogatsu to students from University of Hong Kong.  University of Hong Kong send students over to Tohoku to learn about the disaster i 2011, and how people are living their lives since then.  Children seemed to be very proud to talk about their home town, and students from University of Hong Kong were excited to hear and learn about the community.  
In January, children from ROCKET Project stayed at MORIUMIUS.  They are a group of children with unique talents/ abilities who do not wish to go to school.  This project is organized by Tokyo University, in order to provide cutting edge learning opportunities for children in their own interest.  This year, children who have strong interest in history came to research on the history of Ogatsu.  Everyday, children went to homes of locals, to listen to their stories.  Some children were able to hear about war days back in 16th century.  As much as children were excited to hear those stories, locals were also very excited to share the history of their community.
Harvard Business School took a tour to MORIUMIUS three years in a row, this year with over sixty students and faculty members.  It was a part of their Immersive Field Course, learning from Tohoku and entreprenuers in Tokyo.  They seemed to enjoy the nature as well as touched by stories of what happened in 2011.
In March, fifteen children from foster homes in Tokyo and in Fukushima stayed for one week at MORIUMIUS.  This tour was organized to invite children living in difficult conditions, to provide opportunities to go out from their homes to gain experiences in nature.  They were so excited to be here in the nature, interacting with locals.  Also, we have created assessment to measure learning values at MORIUMIUS.  
We are happy to receive children as well as universities to provide unique opportunities in nature, in a still recovering community.  Without your help, we would not be able to achive goals, providing sustainable learning opportunities to children and revitalize the community devastated by tsunami of 2011.  I would like to ask for your continuous support.
Thank you,
Gentaro Yui
Ogatsu elementary school children making miso
Ogatsu elementary school children making miso
Presentation of Ogatsu to University of Hong Kong
Presentation of Ogatsu to University of Hong Kong
Harvard Business School visiting local shrine
Harvard Business School visiting local shrine
Rocket Project children starting fire to cook rice
Rocket Project children starting fire to cook rice

Dear supporters,
Happy new year!  Thank you always for your support in 2017.  As 2018 started, Ogatsu is covered with snow.  This winter season is very cold, temperature dropping below zero.  
We have been working with the local elementary school here in the community since spring of 2017.  Students visit every month for a day to participate to our progams.  Learning about sustainable life in nature, as well as about their local community.  Children are motivated especially be proud of where they are from.  November session was to go into the forest and find wild mushrooms that are in season.  Learning about soil as well as bacteria that live within wood  become mushrooms.  Children seem to enjoy learning science of nature.
Many families within Japan came to stay at MORIUMIUS in fall.  It was a season of salmon, many salmon came back to the local bay of Ogatsu.  Children went out to the ocean with fisherman to catch salmon, then sliced them to cook and was surprised to see salmon roe.  Using fillet to grill, roe to pour over rice, and bones to take soup stock.  
On December 24, we organized christmas party with children and local community.  Third time since 2015, it was another success.  Many elder locals were looking forward to the event, enjoying Christmas food as well as interacting with children.  Children decorated Christmas tree using materials from forest behind MORIUMIUS.  It was warm and happy moment for everyone.
Warm regards,
Gentaro Yui

Dear supporters,
Thank you for your continuous support!  MORIUMIUS has finished our third  summer.  It was a rainy summer one hundred children visited our summer program.  Mixture of local, national, and international children gathered to MORIUMIUS to enjoy the nature as well as to interact with local people.  Learning sustainable living through experiences in forest, farm land, and ocean were the theme here, adding local culture and history of what happen on March 11, 2011.  
It has been over six and a half year since the disaster struck this region.    Permanent homes have finally been built, and more locals are starting to come back to their hometown.  We have been working closely with local elementary school to visit monthly to learn about sustainability as well as their hometown.  They are very happy to be in nature, and to be with children gathering from around the world.
Artist at MORIUMIUS project has been very active this past summer, receving three artist from U.K. and first domestic artist from Akita.  They have provided so many creative moments for children but also for the local community.  Now MORIUMIUS is filled with art, becoming to be an art museum!
Also, we have had special guest such as former chef at world renowned restaurant “Gordon Ramsey" in UK, and former champion of World Pasta Championship.  His special talent added unique experiences that children could not gain.
Past weekend was a very special weekend at MORIUMIUS.  As fall approaches, our 6th annual sporting event was organized with the local community.  More than one hundred locals as well as families and corporate guests gathered to organize one big event focused on sports.  Many physical activities even for older generation was held.  MORIUMIUS was filled with so many smiles!
Warm regards,
 

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Location: Ishinomaki, Miyagi - Japan
Website: http:/​/​sweettreat311.org/​english
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Project Leader:
Gentaro Yui
Ishinomaki, Miyagi Japan

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