Articles written by: foreignvolunteersjapan

One-year commemoration of 3.11 disaster spans range of human emotion in disaster-hit region

One-year commemoration of 3.11 disaster spans range of human emotion in disaster-hit region

Guest post from Kimberly Hughes and Sheila Souza, courtesy the TenThousandThingsFromKyoto blog. After having traveled to the heavily tsunami-damaged city of Ishinomaki this past November, and then again in January, my partner Sheila and I decided to head up again this past weekend for our third volunteering stint since the […]

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Thoughts on Leaving or Staying in Japan – One Year Later

A portable shrine made of tsunami debris, carried by On The Road NPO volunteers during the Kawabiraki Festival in Ishinomaki, August 1st 2011.

by Shaun ODwyer on Sunday, 11 March 2012 at 10:17 Almost a year ago, a few days after the tsunami hit Tohoku and the Fukushima Daiichi Plant started to go into meltdown, I quoted to my friends and family part of a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, written in Germany […]

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Rebuilding Local Businesses – Kotobukiya

Mr and Mrs Sato at the renovated Kotobukiya Sake Shop, Ishinomaki City

This article is much belated, but I wanted look back on some of the local businesses that we’ve helped rebuild alongside the It’s Not Just Mud and On the Road NPOs. The following photo is one I took on March 22nd, during the third FVJ delivery of goods to Ishinomaki. […]

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Vol Projects: Aid Distribution #1: The Warehouse

Loading Trucks with Aid for Temp Housing

Volunteering Projects: Aid Distribution #1: The Warehouse For this series, I’d like to walk through several of thevarious volunteer projects out there. Volunteering in Tohoku involves many different types of work. Everythingfrom gutting buildings – digging and scrubbing mud – gutting houses – knocking downwalls – running community cafes – holding […]

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Student Experience with HANDS Kitakami

The coast along Kamaishi, taken on March 29th 2011

Letter from volunteer Micah (exchange student) to Japan Studies Student Leaders, Willamette University. Copied here with permission from Micah and Anna Thomas of the HANDS Kitakami NPO Greetings from Japan! Many of you may not know who I am, so I shall take a brief moment to introduce myself. I […]

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List of Tohoku Initiatives

http://tpf2.net/initiatives

The List of Tohoku Initiatives is a great crowd-sourced project by the group behind the Tohoku Planning Forum.  Using an attractive webpage designed to utilize regularly updated information compiled via Google Docs, viewers are presented with an increasingly comprehensive list of the several initiatives out there that are addressing the […]

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Holiday Volunteering (Part 1)

A team of 9 Santas visited Temp Housing Units alongside the regular SaveMinamiSoma distribution.

Although this article is a little late, I still thought it would be worth writing about how the volunteer groups I’ve been working with operated over the Winter Holidays. On December 23rd, FVJ members rejoined the Save Minamisoma Project ( www.saveminamisoma.org ) to help out on one of their most […]

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Volunteer in Ishinomaki with "It’s Not Just Mud"

Volunteer in Ishinomaki with "It’s Not Just Mud"

* The following is an excellent editorial piece on a volunteering experience with the It’s Not Just Mud group, written by Brent Danley Jones, posted with permission.  THE PROGRAM:It’s Not Just Mud (INJM) is an NPO started by an Englishman-turned-teacher-turned volunteer leader who upon seeing the extent of the damage […]

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Tohoku Planning Forum #2

Tohoku Planning Forum

英語で行うが、この東北の震災後の復興計画に関するフォーラムはForeign Volunteers Japanの活動に役に立つかもしれません。 私は第一回のフォーラムでボランティア活動について発表をしていて、とっても良いディスカッションになりました。FVJは団体としてこれから段々大きくなって行くから、将来の活動についてはいろいろ考えなければならないと思うので、もし東京に居て、月曜日の夕方に都合が開いてたら、是非参加して見てください。 On Monday, January 16th, the Tohoku Planning Forum will be holding its second seminar regarding the rebuilding of the tsunami-hit regions of Tohoku. A few FVJ members took part in the first forum and found it to be a valuable experience providing many lively discussions on […]

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BBC Interviews It’s Not Just Mud project

BBC Interviews It’s Not Just Mud project

 I’m currently up here in Ishinomaki with the group, so I may be a little biased, but thought it would be of interest to FVJ members to see this interview by BBC News with Jamie El-Banna, founder of the It’s Not Just Mud volunteer group, based in the Watanoha district […]

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