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 you for all of your support to MORIUMIUS.  As summer approaches, we are turning into second year of operation.

Season of rice arrive in May.  On a sunny day, local children gathered to plant rice in the field.  The plant was gorwn from rice we cropped last year. Not only organic, but original rice is now been grown at MORIUMIUS and waiting to be cropped in fall.  Also in May, famous photograper, Mikio Hasui joined to organize photo workshop.  Eleven children gather materials from nature for them to capture the beauty using professional camera in a special photo studio. 

One of the key event in spring was Washington High School from San Francisco visited us in June.  Nineteen students who raised fund to travel to Japan spent three days at MORIUMIUS helping the local community as well as particpate in sustainable learning program to understand sustainability of life.

We are getting ready to receive children gathering from all over the world.  From July 23, we are going to organize five one week programs for children to be in touch with the nature and interact with local community.  There will be three artists creating art and working with children as residence artist.  They are from Canada, New Zealand, and from US.  Children will have opportunity to be creative in a rich natural surroundings.  

Also, special programs will be hosted this summer.  Tetsuo Ota, reknown chef who has worked at legendary Spanish restaurant El Bulli and Peru's Gaston Acurio will be spending time to create cooking program using local seafood in Italian style.  Makiko Shibuya, stage director for Broadway musical Allegiance will be directing a short play for children to perform their experiences at MORIUMIUS.

Seems like we will be having another exciting summer!

 

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Cherry blossom
Cherry blossom

 

Dear supporters,

Thank you always for your support!  Your support has been providing educational opportunity for children.

Winter is finally over and spring is here.  In the ocean seaweed have grown to be cropped, and in the mountains there are many mountain vegetables.  We are getting ready to plant vegetables in our farm, as well as to start planting fungus of shitake mushrooms into logs chopped from the forest.  Schools are in spring break, children started to gather to MORIUMIUS.

March 11 was the fifth memorial of the earthquake and tsunami took away many lives and memories of northern Japan.  The town of Ogatsu, where we are located, have lost 80% of its town and the population is now 1,000 where 4,300 lived before the disaster.  Recovery process is still slow, high ground is ready and the locals are starting to build houses back to their community.  It is said by the locals that about 500 people would come back to their own community after houses were built.

Calligraphy artist, Maaya Wakasugi visited from France to organize calligraphy workshop.  Local children have gathered to participate to this special occasion.  Ogatsu is one of the prime locations for producing ink stone used in calligraphy.  Maaya created very creative opportunity, children were allowed to use colored ink to create huge tree full of flowers.  This year, we are opening our door to artists to stay and provide creative opportunity for children in the natural surroundings!

For the last two weeks, many children are staying/ participating one week program to enjoy the nature as well as to interact with local people.  Through experiences of sustainable living, they seem to be more close to the nature, sustainability, and become independent.

Spring festival is ready to be organized in April.  We are going to host MORIUMIUS market, inviting local producers for the locals and visitors to shop this month.  MORIUMIUS is getting noisy, creating learning opportunity for children to revitalize community once damaged by tsunami.

 

Mountain vegetables
Mountain vegetables
Maintenance forest
Maintenance forest
Calligraphy workshop
Calligraphy workshop
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Dear supporters,

Happy new year!  We are very thankful for your support in 2015.  Last year was a special year for us, opening MORIUMIUS in July and start receiving children locally as well as internationally.  Finally, old and tired school has been renovated into a sustainable learning center to revitalize community.  Many alumni are happy to see their school reborn.  

Over five hundrend children gathered to MORIUMIUS.  Once an abandoned scholl is now full of energy!  There were many children from abroad as well.  Children from US, France, and China gathered, enjoyed the natural surroundings and interacted with Japanese children as well as local community.  Also, JET Programme staff added diversity to the program, providing muticultural experiences.  We invite international guests to visit, to enrich the educational value!

Sustainable learning is here at MORIUMIUS!  Taking lives from ocean and farm land, using wood for cooking and create tableware, and cook with the fresh ingredients are some of the activities MORIUMIUS provides.  Composting, recycling waste water for agriculture, and raising pigs will allow children to understand that we can return energy back to nature for them to prosper.   

We still need your donation in order to create MORIUMIUS sustainable as well as to add new element to the center.  We are planning to renovate a house once used by principals into a community center and to create field athletic in the forest.

Harvest rice grown with recycled waste water
Harvest rice grown with recycled waste water
Taking care of the pigs
Taking care of the pigs
Christmas party with the locals
Christmas party with the locals
Children running the hallway
Children running the hallway

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Newly opened as sustainable center
Newly opened as sustainable center

Dear supporters,

Thank you to all of your support, MORIUMIUS has opened in July and received children from all over the world!  

After two years and three month later, with over five thousand volunteers involved in the reconstruction of a ninety two years old abandoned school, once a forgotten school has now turned into a sustainable learning center.  MORIUMIUS, Japanese for forest, ocean, and creating tomorrow together is now ready for children to learn sustainability as well as to revitalize local community heavily damaged by tsunami. 

On a sunny day in July, first group of children gathered to MORIUMIUS.  Program was planned for a week stay this summer.  Children from all over the world had a chance to participate programs in the amazing nature of Ogatsu.  Each day is designed to learn sustainbability in various fields.  Each field has local specialist, for example fisherman, who has deep knowledge of living with the nature.  Over three hundred fifty children participated this summer, and they were all curious and excited to get their hands on in the nature and with the locals.

MORIUMIUS also organized various events local and international.  Sports event was held for the locals who are graduate of old school.  More than one hundred alumnis gathered to celebrate reconstruction of their old school and to excersize.  Young Americans, a well acclamied NPO from USA stayed at MORIUMIUS to organize musical workshop for local children to perform Disney's Lion King.

There was not a single day without children in MORIUMIUS this summer.  There were voices and sound of children running around everyday.  Journey has now began!  To become the premier sustainable learning center for children around globe, MORIUMIUS welcomes your visit!

Warm regards,

Gentaro Yui

Rice field using recycled waste water
Rice field using recycled waste water
Workshop in progress
Workshop in progress
Maintenance forest to create firewood
Maintenance forest to create firewood
Going out to scallop farm with fisherman
Going out to scallop farm with fisherman
Carving chopstick
Carving chopstick
Before reconstruction
Before reconstruction
After reconstruction
After reconstruction
Sports event with alumnis
Sports event with alumnis
Performing Lion King with Young Americans
Performing Lion King with Young Americans

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Dear supporters,

Thank you always for your support on Rebuilding community from tsunami throu education in Ogatsu, Japan.  Because of your support, we have completed construction last week and now getting ready to open on July 18 when summer vacation starts in Japan.

After two years and two month, 92 years old abandand school has now been reborn as sustainable learning center.  We are going to invite local, domestic and international children to learn from the nature as well as from the locals to be sustainable.  Six classrooms that provided education since 1923, are now renovated into accommodation, dining, studio, lounge, and outdoor bath.  We are now in training!  Young local staff, one of them graduated from the original school, have gathered to tell stories of Ogatsu and provide sustainable education.  Other staff have came to gether from cities like Tokyo, with broad background like hotel, food, outdoor education.

Although in Japanese, MORIUMIUS reservation website has been launched!  We are now welcoming reservation for summer, 8 days camp to enjoy and learn from the nature and people of Ogatsu.  Please come visit us if you are planning to be in Japan this summer!

MORIUMIUS reservation site

http://www.moriumius.jp/liveinmoriumius

Warm regards,

Gentaro Yui

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Location: Ishinomaki, Miyagi - Japan
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Gentaro Yui
Ishinomaki, Miyagi Japan
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