Education  Japan Project #16403

Rebuilding community from tsunami with education

by sweet treat 311
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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
Dear supporters,
Thank your for your continuous support.
Ten years have past since the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011.  We have been in operation for over five years, and helping the community for close to ten years.  Permanent stores are finally completed last year, and ten meter concrete wall have been constructed to cover the bay to prevent another giant tsunami if in case it happens.  The city has authorized the plan to create agricultural park in the center of Ogatsu where tsunami damage was severe.  Although ten years have been past, I feel that the revitalization process will take place for the next ten years. Impact of COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting our center.
Since April, we have slowly receiving families over weekends.  Although school and corporate groups are not planning trips to us, we have created guidelines to prevent infection at our facility.  We were able to organized photo workshop with celebrated photographer in May.  Children were challenged to see nature in different perspectives through camera.  Perspectives like insects, animals, even adult.  Many commented that they saw the world completely different, gave them another perspective and will cherish it.  I felt that children were more active and needed to be in nature than usual because of the COVID-19. 
Vaccine distribution is slow in Japan, and pandemic will continue for a while, we will try our best to keep this environment ready for children. Hoping the people who are infected will recover, and pandemic will be contained soon this year.  We need your support to keep MORIUMIUS survive this pandemic, so that we will be able to keep providing sustainable learning for children and to revitalize community from disaster.
Warm regards,
Gentaro Yui
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Dear supporters,

 

Thank you for your continous support.  We have been affected by COVID-19 pandemic.  Number of infected have increased in mid November.  Government have raised alert level, and people are restricting their 

Before another pandemic in November, we have organized photo workshop with celebrated photographer.  Children challenged to find beauty in nature through camera in black and white.  In forest, around MORIUMIUS, by the ocean, children were shooting with instinct.  With a help of sun light, children captured light in their pictures.  Many commented that they saw shining moment in nature, felt cute or beautiful.  I felt that children have learned to find beauty in nature, even when it does not look beauty at time.

 

Hoping the people who have infected will recover, and pandemic will be contained next year.  We need your support to keep MORIUMIUS survive this pandemic, so that we will be able to keep providing sustainable learning for children and to revitalize community from disaster.  

Happy holidays,

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Dear supporters,

Thank you for your continuous support.  

Since March, we have had impact by COVID-19 pandemic.  As you might know Japan is also affected by the virus.  The government planned voluntary lockdown for the month of April in Japan and also in May for greater Tokyo and surrounding prefectures.  Although infection rate is relatively low compared to western countries, things are quiet.

MORIUMIUS have not had children visiting since April and will be closed for June and maybe July.  We have been living quietly and seeking timing to restart the center, but it is difficult to predict how and when pandemic will be calmed.  We believe it will be a long process for things to calm down and have to come up with new ideas to operate MORIUMIUS as well as find creative new step in education.

Since April, we have been providing online programs sending fresh local seafood from fisherman to home, connecting families online to slice whole fish and cook.  Not only cooking, we show live footage of how MORIUMIUS and surrounding natural environment with animals we live with.  Many groups and families planning to visit were able to see/ hear the environment through PC/ tablet felt like they traveled to MORIUMIUS.  Also, children were serious and joyful facing whole fish t slice as well as to cook for family’s dinner dish.  Since the experience took place at home, children seemed relaxed and parents were supportive.  Attched link is an article from Japanese magazine LEE on the program.

Many comments were sent to us from families like, "Saw what I normally would not be able to see from my child, really felt the possibility of him.", "Made our family realized how important food/ meal is.  To cook together, understanding where the food comes from, and enjoy eating together made us all happier.", "Because we are all at home every day, it was a great opportunity to take time to focus on what we eat.".

We are now planning to provide our online program to advance.  Connecting to orphanages and foster homes to provide active engaging online programs to children who live in a difficult circumstance.  Please consider supporting our programs so that MORIUMIUS itself could be sustainable in this difficult time. 

Warm regards,

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Enjoying time at river learning source of water
Enjoying time at river learning source of water

Dear supporters,

 

Thank you for your continuous support.

 

Sadly our summer season has ended and we are in calm season.

 

This summer, over one hundred children have gathered to participate to our one week program.  For five weeks, MORIUMIUS has hosted programs for children to learn how to live sustainably with local residence.  One of the highlight of the program was inviting locals for Japanese traditional event Nagashi somen.  Nagashi Somen is type of noodles Japanese eat in summer, and Nagashi is a traditional way to eat it.  Using ten feet bamboo and running water, children drop noodles for locals to catch and eat.  This was planned by children to show appreciation to local people for receiving them for a week.

 Annual sporting event was also hosted was organized in September.  Over hundred locals gathered to enjoy a day of sport.  Many laughter was heard that day, some locals left with a comment that this is the day in a year that they laugh the most.  It was a day at MORIUMIUS that locals, children, and visitors from different region gather to interact each other.

Because of your support, we were able to sustain the learning field as well as to revitalize community still suffering from tsunami in 2011.

Warm regards,

Gentaro Yui

Locals enjoying time with children
Locals enjoying time with children
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Season for rice planting
Season for rice planting

Dear supporter,

Thank you always for your support.  As the season passes from spring to summer, MORIUMIUS is getting ready to receie yet another exciting season with children.

In June, local elementary school students gathered to plant rice to MORIUMIUS' rice field.   Our rice field uses recycle waste water from our center.  Since the town Ogatsu is by the ocean, rice fields are rare to see in this community.  Students were excited to get into the rice field with bare foot.  Local organic rice farmer joined to demonstrate and teach students how to plant rice.  These rice will grow until October to harvest.

Thursday, July 18 was our fourth anniversary.  Celebration started with 30 kg big blue fin tuna slicing it with children gathered for this occations.  Four years was fast, since opening its door in 2015, MORIUMIUS has received over 6,000 guests.  Although we have gained experiences with children in nature together with locals, revitalization of the community is still far.  Locals are finally back to their houses after the construction of permanent houses have finished this year.  We believe community design will take place in the next few years and MORIUMIUS will be taking part of the long journey to create brighter future.

Our prime summer program will be starting from July 27.  One week, children gathering from domestically as well as internationally will be spending time in nature learning how to live sustainably.  There will be many interactions with local communities.  From fisherman to storyteller, local residents will be receiving children to share local culture and experienes from tsunami in 2011. 

Thank you again for your  continous support.

Rice farmer giving instructions
Rice farmer giving instructions
Beautiful sunny day for rice planting!
Beautiful sunny day for rice planting!
Celebrating our fourth anniversary
Celebrating our fourth anniversary
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sweet treat 311

Location: Ishinomaki, Miyagi - Japan
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Gentaro Yui
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