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Provide education tour for children in Kumamoto

by sweet treat 311
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
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!
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

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

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 one of the symbols of the community.  Many residents who have decided to stay are feeling joy seeing and interacting with visiting children.  We are also contributing to the community through hiring local staff as well as purchase local produce.

We have been working with local partners in Kumamoto, to invite children for this year's tour on October 6 through 8.  Third consecutive year, we are going to invite children from Kumamoto.  Starting in July, we have reaching out to children in Kumamoto.  Three day holiday weekend will be focused on food, working with local fisherman and farmers, as well as to work with chef to cook professional dishes using local ingredients.  

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.  As more natural disaster struck Western Japan and people suffering, we hope to become a place for children in difficult conditions learning from other disaster area and the people living positively.

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.  

Next report will be on the tour.  I will deliver the excitment children had here at MORIUMIUS!

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Cherry blossom!
Cherry blossom!

Thank you always for your support to provide opportunities for children in Kumamoto. 

Spring is finally here!  Cherry trees in MORIUMIUS have bloomed beautifully.  Birds are back in forest providing soothing sounds everyday. 

Some of the highlights we had was collaboration with local elementary school to make miso as well as to provide presentation opportunity about their town to international visitors.  Miso is only made in winter when bacteria is not active and easy to control.  Presentation was made to students from University of Hong Kong.  Both opportunity gave students realized the rich resources their hometown has, and gain proud to be children of Ogatsu. 

We now have date set to invite children from Kumamoto.  We are going to invite children from October 6 through 8.   This is the three day holiday in Japan.  As we have started to invite children from Kumamoto back in 2015, this invitatin tour has been annual occatin for us.  We feel that it is important to be away from Kumamoto, comapre and think about their lives from other location.  Also, children can feel and learn from Ogatsu, a town devastated by tsunami in 2011 and still in a process of recovering. 

MORIUMIUS is a place to provide sustainable learning opportunities for children.  Children including ones that are living in difficult conditions, inviting children from Kumamoto is certainly a special occation for us.  We are working with local partners to spread word and plan for the tour in October.

I will keep you updated for the tour.  Thank you again for your support, without it the opportunity will not be created.

Warm regards,

Gentaro Yui

Miso making by local children
Miso making by local children
Presentation of Ogatsu to University of Hong Kong
Presentation of Ogatsu to University of Hong Kong
 

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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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