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
MORIUMIUS under construction
MORIUMIUS under construction

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your generous support in creating sustainable learning center, "MORIUMIUS" in Ogatsu.  MORIUMIUS stands for MORI=forest, UMI=ocean, and US= we and tomorrow in Japanese.  Using the amazing forest and ocean field, we would like to create future of children and the town Ogatsu together.

March 11 is the fourth memorial since mega earthquake and tsunami struck northern Japan.  Recovery is still very slow, over 230,000 people are still in the temporary homes or been evacuated.  It is been said that permanent houses will be build within 2015.

We have been working very hard to open the center in the summer of 2015.  The center is still under renovation, infrastructure is set, ceilings and walls are starting to be renovated.  Outdoor bath is almost complete!  With its unique wall created by local soil, this bath will be one of the landmark of the center.  The bath will use wood boiler in order to boil hot water.  Chidren will participate in going into the forest behind the center to cut trees and to create fire wood.  Locals are looking forward to taking bath!

Many visitors are already visiting the center.  Recently, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery visited MORIUMIUS to see first hand of the development.  Minister Hayashi was very excited to learn about the project, providing sustainable development programs with local farmers and fisherman.  Also, fifteen Havard Business School students visited the center in January.  They spent time at MORIUMIUS, creating fire wood as well as to plan how MORIUMIUS can be connected internationally.

Local children are in the forest weekend to cut trees to create furnitures for the center.  They were learning the fact that wood are vauable resource in our daily life. 

Media attention has been heating up.  Huffington Post Japan's first article of 2015 was about MORIUMIUS!

We are getting close to open the center in summer!  Some schools have made interest in visiting this summer.  Please come visit us in summer!  I hope to see you at MORIUMIUS!

Warm regards,

Gentaro Yui

Clay wall of outdoor bath
Clay wall of outdoor bath
Minister Hayashi visiting MOIRUMIUS
Minister Hayashi visiting MOIRUMIUS
HBS workshop
HBS workshop
Carrying tree out from the forest
Carrying tree out from the forest
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Searching for water source
Searching for water source

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your support in creating sustainable learning center in Ogatsu.  As you know, town of Ogatsu has suffered from tsunami in 2011.  As of today, population is still under one thousand people, one fourth of what it use to be.  Construction of permanent homes have started.  Local government is now creating flat land in the hills.  

However, we have been working very hard during this fall.  Scheduled to open in summer of 2015, construction as well as hiring staff has been the main focus of our work.  Creating outdoor bath has been exciting and engaging many locals as well as volunteers visiting Ogatsu.  Using local natural material, clay and straw, combining with tradtitional Japanese technique, wall of the bath is completed.  Overall construction will be completed by spring.  

Also, we have named our center, MORIUMIUS.  In Japanese, MORI means forest, UMI means ocean, and US means tomorrow.  We would like to create the future of our children as well as community of Ogatsu in the rich field of forest and ocean.  On October 7, announcing the name and schedule of MORIUIMUS.  More than twenty media showed up and listen to the update of the project.  MORIUMIUS has been featured in Huffington Post Japan!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday sason!

Warm regards,

Gentaro Yui

Fire up for cooking!
Fire up for cooking!
Creating outdoor bath
Creating outdoor bath
Featured by Huffington Post
Featured by Huffington Post
MORIUMIUS
MORIUMIUS
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Fishery experience
Fishery experience

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your support to our project!  Because of your support, we have been moving forward to rebuild community from tsunami with education.

The summer has been very busy. Many children have visited our town, Ogatsu to experience the nature and interact with locals.  We have organized over seven camp events to invite local children as well as children in Japan, from US, France, and China.  Many children were fascinated with the combination of rich forest and calm ocean where they can trace the water and participate in fishery.  Cooking with the ingredients they obtained from farmland and from sea, each child seemed very excited with getting their hands on to cook delicious dishes.

Listening to stories from the locals what happen on the day tsunami hit their community, children were moved how they have struggled but trying very hard to create a better life than before 311.

Also, Daniel Olson from UK has traveled across Japan by his bicycle to raise fund for our project as a sub fund raiser in Global Giving.  Thank you so much Daniel, and to his supporters!

In September, construction has started!  Renovate 90 year old school into accommodation, restaurant, spa, and studio for children in now underway!  I will be updating you on the status of the renovation!

Thank you again for your support!

Tracing the source of water
Tracing the source of water
Starting fire to cook
Starting fire to cook
Renovation underway
Renovation underway
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Sports event
Sports event

Dear supporters,

Thank you for supporting our project.  Your support is helping us rebuild community of Ogatsu damaged heavily by tsunami.  Creating a sustainable learning center, restoring a 90 year old wooden school, for children will be able to play and learn from the great nature of Ogatsu.  People in the community is very excited to take part in this revitalization process of their community.

For the last three month, we have been restoring the roof of the school.  There are about thirty thousand slates on the roof, made all from Ogatsu ink stone, that has been keeping the structure for the last since 1923.  Same slate material is used on the roof of Tokyo station, traditional Japanese roofing technique.  Hundreds of volunteers have gathered to wash the slate, and clean slates were able to be put back on the roof by local craftsman.

Also on a sunny May 18, over 150 alumni gathered and enjoyed the Sports Festival.  Many people who had left Ogatsu returned to see the progress of the restoration project and participate in sporting events.  Under the fisherman’s banner, three events – the 100-meter relay, piggy-back race, and water-pouring relay – were held.  Participants aged 25 to 94 mixed with children and the field was in an uproar of cheers and laughter.  One participant said after the event, “Today was one of the happiest days of my life.  I am glad to be an alumni and a resident of Ogatsu.”  It was a day everyone forgot about the disaster, as if nothing ever happened.  The event was featured on one of NHK’s (national public broadcasting) programs hosted by a three-time Olympian Dai Tamesue.

We are planning to go into interior construction before summer.  Many programs like fishery, agriculture, and forestry are designed with professional and locals.  We still need your support in construction and designing programs.  Hiring is on it way to gather team member to run our sustainable learning center.

Please help us by sending word out to your family and friends!

Thank you again for being a part of the exciting recovery project!

Gentaro Yui 

Kids race
Kids race
Race with parent
Race with parent
Kids washing slate material for roof
Kids washing slate material for roof
Restoration of roof by craftman
Restoration of roof by craftman

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Renovation Design
Renovation Design

Dear friends,

On the three year memorial of disaster in Japan, I want to reach out to the world to share my project of revitalizing community through education, and the situation of reconstruction from tsunami. Please consider your support donating to the project or share the information to your friends and families. 

Three years have past It was three years ago, today when mega earthquake and tsunami hit Northern Japan. Broad range of coastal line, same distance with Baltimore to Boston, was destructed by tsunami. Disaster relief is past, but rebuilding community is still far. Although infrastructure have recovered, over 100,000 people are still in temporary homes. Only 5% of permanent homes have been build, many residents are losing motivation to live or to go back to their hometown. My life has changed since then. I have moved and involved in a small fishery town of Ogatsu. I left my previous work last April, a experiential theme park called KidZania that I have started and dedicated my life for the last ten years. Now trying to establish a sustainable learning center for children, operated by the locals to go back to work.

Where?

Town of Ogatsu Breathtaking nature known for farming scallop, oyster, and salmon. Home of ink stone used in calligraphy, used also for roofing slate material. Traditional dance, Kagura, goes back to 600 years and is registered as National Intangible Cultural Heritage. Rich nature and culture still exist, but the damage of tsunami is an contrast.

What?

Restore and renovate 90 year old wooden school into sustainable learning center. Abundant for twelve years, school stands on a hill looking down the bay. Renovating into accommodation, restaurant, studio for experiential learning, operated by locals. In the rich nature, hands on experiences like Fishery, Agriculture, Forestry, Cooking, Arts/Craft will let children interact with locals who are coexisting with nature to understand how to be sustainable. Center will be operated by locals, providing job opportunities that attracts family visitors as well as school groups, corporation, and artists. Partnering with Dhillon Marty Foundation, Stanford University, and several other universities, organized a design charrette last year to create renovation plan.

Why I do this?

Growing up in US and traveled around world, I have discovered Japan's rich and beautiful nature. Nature where people coexist, "Satoyama" culture we call it. Japan was an agricultural country history going back for thousands of years. We always knew and had wisdom of how to live sustainably. I feel our generation need to provide sustainable learning platform for children. As population will keep growing, and natural resource decreases, children in future will have to face much more difficult time. Understanding sustainability as well as to create sustainable society is important learning for children. Also, one of the social issue Japan is facing is over aged depopulated society. Many part of rural Japan is depopulated. Like Ogatsu, beautiful and rich nature I am trying to create a model that rural community opens up to receive children to educate in the nature. This is not only rebuilding from disaster, but to create an opportunity for children around globe to gather, experience, interact with each other. I ask for your support in establishing a learning place for children and locals to go back to work. You can simply go to GlobalGiving to donate.

http://goto.gg/16403

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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