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Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto

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Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto
Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto

Dear supporters,

 

Thank you very much for your support.  We were able to invite elven children from Kumamoto through three day holiday on Februay 22 to 24.  Because of the typhoon in October, original tour date was postphoned, but this time it was a great success.

We have been inviting children who were affected from the mega earthquake in Kumamoto in 2016 every year.  There are children who are still living in tenporary houses and not able to go back to their hometown.  This winter has been very warm even in northern region of Japan.  Children who are coming from sourthern region with warm climate were expecting cold weather and snow.  Surprisingly we had snow storm on the second day, children were running outside trying to catch or eat snow.

 In Japan, traditionally we make fermented soy bean paste called Miso.  Miso is one of the most important Japanese seasoning, used mainly for soup.  We have invited specialist to make miso with children.  Using organic soybeans, fermented rice, and salt, children seemed excited to mash cooked soybean into paste.  Mixing the paste with salt and fermented rice, keeping in plastic container for six month until fermentation is complete.

Through their time here at MORIUMIUS, children seemed to be relaxed in nature and released their stress, but also learned  other areas in Japan affected by natural disaster.  Meeting with local people and listening to storyteller, children were able to see the future of their region and gave strength to move forward.  

Thank you again for your support to create this tour.  We were not able to invite children without your kindness.  We are going to organize another invitation tour in 2020 or in 2021.  

Warm regards,

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Dear Supporters,

 

Thank you for your continuous support.  Unfortunatley,  the invitational tour planned for October 12 to 14 was postponed because of mega typhoon Hagibis.  One of the largest typhoon in recent history passes over Japan on October 12 causing severe rain.  Miyagi prefecture where we are was one of the prefecture to have record breaking rain, close to 600mm of rain in 24 hours.  Some roads in Ogatsu was flooded and trees have fallen causing blackout for a day.

 

Although we were ready to receive eleven children from Kumamoto, flight was cancelled the day before and we could not organize the tour planned.  Many children were looking very forward to it and we felt bad.  We are going to give another try to organize the tour in Spring 2020.  

 

We will keep you posted for the tour in we will organize next yeat.  Thank you again for your support.

 

Warm regards,

 

Gentaro Yui

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Photo of the tour in 2018
Photo of the tour in 2018

Dear supporters,

Thank you  for your continous support.  

Summer is here, and MORIUMIUS is full of children gathering from all over the world.

We are getting ready ready to organize another invitation tour from Kumamoto.  Date is set for October 12 through 14.  We have started to work with the local partners in Kumamoto.  Both local city's board of Education as well as non profit working for children's education have started to advertise the tour in October.  We will keep you updated with the  tour.

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 recieved 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.  Thank you for believing to our cause and showing your support.

Our prime summer program has started from July 27.  Everyweek, group of children gathed from not only Japan but also from abroad will  spend time in the nature, with local people to learn about sustainability as well as local culture including natural disaster.  From fisherman to storyteller, local residents will be working with us to share local culture and their experiences from tsunami in 2011 as well as how they have lived their lives since then.  We will work hard to provide valuable learnings for children and to revilatize the community.

Warm regards,
Cooked Peruvian cuisine with chef in 2018
Cooked Peruvian cuisine with chef in 2018
MORIUMIUS fourth anniversary!
MORIUMIUS fourth anniversary!
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Dear supporter,
2018 was another special year for us, going into third year in operation receiving over one thousand children locally as well as internationally.  
Eight years have past since the disaster in 2011.  The city have built a memorial in Ogatsu where former local hospital was there.  There was a memorial service on March 11 for the victims of tsunami.  We have been in operation for over three years, and helping the community for close to eight years.  Permanent houses are finally completed, people are starting to move back to their own community.  Ten meter concrete wall have been constructed to cover the bay to prevent another giant tsunami if in case it happens.  The city is finalizing plan to create agricultural park in the center of Ogatsu.  Things are slowly developing, finally going into a next fase.  We are trying to take part in this plan so that children have more opportunities to learn and to be part of the community. 
 
We have organized third invitation tour of Kumamoto children last fall, participating to our three day holida weekend program.  Working with acclaimed chef who have worked in Italy, Spain, and Peru, provided unique time to cook food using local ingredients.  They seemed happy to be away from the disaster area, seemed relaxed and enjoyed spending time with other children.  
We are going to start preparing for another invitational tour this fall.  As Tohoku region becoming leader in reconstruction from disaster, I feel that we will keep trying to invite children from other disaster areaso that the children invited can feel the energy of reconstruction and empower them.
Thank you again for your support.  Without it, we would not be able to provide unique learning opportunities as well as interaction to local communities.  I hope to grow and continue this great venture so that the community will revitalize through education.
Warm regards,
Gentaro Yui
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Dear supporters,

 Thank you for your support on inviting children from Kumamoto to MORIUMIUS.  Since the magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Kumamoto in April of 2016, we have been inviting children every year from the disaster area.

This year was the third consecutive year to invite children from city of Kumamoto and from Mashiki town.  Twelve children were chosen by our local partners, some are still living in temporary homes waiting to get back to their homes.

The tour took place on the three day holiday weekend in October.  Despite the fact that huge typhoon was passing through Japan, children were able to fly safely from Kumamoto to Sendai.  Because of typhoon pasing Japan, the weather was perfect when the children arrived to MORIUMIUS.  Three days at MORIUMIUS was focused on sustainable living and food.  Children spent time in the forest as well as at the ocean, working with animals to sense the life in nature.  

One of the highlight was spending time with local storyteller.  Listening to what happned to this community in 2011 when tsunami destroyed 80% of the town was shocking.  It was also powerful to hear how locals are spening time since then.  The story was very motivating, listening to a local who is trying to create new community through people who have been supporting since the disaster.

Also, celebrated chef who spent his carrer at El Bulli in Spain and Astrid y Gaston in Peru has organized cooking program for children.  Using seafood caught by local fisherman, children worked with the chef to cook outdoor in Peruvian style.  Digging hole in the ground rapping marinated seafood and vegetables, covering them with heated rocks.  It was very simple but primitive.  Children were surprised to see food can be cook in the ground with rocks.

As I witness children been relaxed and enjoying their time here, I feel that there are two important meanings for them to be here.  One, to be away from the environment they are in.  Be in nature and being away allow their stress to be relieved.  Two, to feel and learn from other areas affected by disaster.  Tohoku region has suffered one of the worst tsunami disasters in recent history.  Since 2011, this region has shown resillience to the world and coming back from disaster.  To see and feel how community is recovering and creating positive impact, children where motivated towards their community. 

We are going to invite more children again in 2019.  I hope you could support this project again.

Thank you, 

lunch at local community garden
lunch at local community garden
spending time with locals
spending time with locals
working with chef for cooking
working with chef for cooking
wrapping ingredients with banana leaves
wrapping ingredients with banana leaves
placing ingredients in a hole
placing ingredients in a hole
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sweet treat 311

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

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