26
Jul

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Ishinomaki Scenery

On this day, our blog reporter did was conducting office work rather than being at the field work sites, so instead of a report about the Peace Boat led relief activities, we are posting several photographs showing the scenery around Ishinomaki at sunset.

We hope these photos will serve to remind everyone of the beauty of Tohoku, and the strength of its people now working to revive their region!

25
Jul

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Reviving the oyster farms – for harvesting 2 years from now

Peace Boat volunteers have been assisting in the salvage and repair of ropes, buoys etc in the fishing ports from earlier, and from today also were involved in helping with oyster farming. Two days earlier, as volunteers had been helping together to salvage fishing items, the local fishermen asked Peace Boat if volunteers could also assist them – which was how they came to be involved today. Of course, it was the first time for all volunteers to be involved in oyster farming, so they were full of both nerves and excitement.

25
Jul

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New poetry book raises funds for relief efforts

A new poetry book by Welsh writer based in Yokohama Jon Mitchell has been published this week, with all sales going to support Peace Boat’s ongoing relief efforts in Tohoku. “march and after – poems from tsunami country” – chronicles life in Japan following the 3.11 earthquake, and is available in limited edition hard cover and e-book version also. See here for more details.

21
Jul

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Tokyo volunteer interview

“After I volunteered in Ishinomaki, I wanted to make sure it didn’t just end as a ‘good experience’ and I wanted to keep doing as much as I can even back in Tokyo.”
After volunteering in Ishinomaki between May 20-28, Mr Sekine Masataka is now active volunteering to support the relief efforts from Tokyo.
Many people felt that they wanted to contribute something immediately after the earthquake, and yet many people are have not been able to directly go to the disaster affected areas due to work duties or physical capacity. Peace Boat has many opportunities for such people to support the activities even from in Tokyo.

21
Jul

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Gambarou Tohoku: International Volunteer launches fundraising project

A volunteer from the UK has launched a project to sell tshirts designed by the children of Minato Primary School in Ishinomaki, with all funds going to Peace Boat’s disaster relief activities – see more details here.

21
Jul

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July 24 event: Nigerian Community in Japan Supports Disaster Recovery Efforts through Peace Boat

July 24 event: Nigerian Community in Japan Supports Disaster Recovery Efforts through Peace Boat

The Nigerian Community living in Japan raised over 2 million yen in donations, designated to be sent via Peace Boat to support the purchase of necessary items for temporary housing in Onagawa, Miyagi. On July 24 at the Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Centre in Tokyo’s Takadanobaba staff and volunteers involved in the relief efforts will gather and report about the activities.

14
Jul

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“Ban-chan night for Students” – event in Tokyo, July 20

“Ban-chan night for Students” – event in Tokyo, July 20

With summer vacation coming up soon, the role of student volunteers is extremely important. Yet despite this, the number of student volunteers is unfortunately still quite low.
A group of university students who have volunteered in Ishinomaki are organising an event on July 20 for fellow students to gather and discuss how they can contribute to the recovery efforts, in cooperation with Peace Boat. As a special guest, Mr Bandai Yoshinobu will come from Ishinomaki to share with students his own experiences.

13
Jul

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Letter from Ishinomaki: “…in the past few days the flowers have come to full bloom…”

We live in an area which received much damage by the tsunami, however thanks to the volunteers we are now able to live in our own house. The first time volunteers came, the flower bed in our garden was totally covered in mud, however by their last visit the flowers were starting to come through.
The reason that Ishinomaki is now able to be making moves towards recovery is thanks to the great energy that was given to us by the volunteers helping with the clean up. Thankyou so much.

12
Jul

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The pool cleaning is complete!

Yesterday’s post reported about volunteer activities to clean a local swimming pool of mud – which has now been completed!
Even for staff who have been in Ishinomaki for months and seen the great efforts of volunteers in many places throughout the city, it was a huge surprise to see the pool – which had been so filled with mud – cleaned in just two days.
The majority of the volunteers who participated in this cleanup effort were in Ishinomaki on the short-term programme – showing what can be achieved through teamwork in even a short volunteer stay.

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