volunteering

Take Part in Rebuilding an Island Community

Take Part in Rebuilding an Island Community

Habitat for Humanity Japan has begun open recruiting of volunteers for their next Fishing Community Community/Work space project on Izushima. Building will take place in two sessions 1) Dec 7th to Dec 9th and 2) December 10th to 12th. Participating for the entire build is also an option. There is […]

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Kizuna International: A Meiji University-based Student Volunteer Group’s Experiences in Tohoku

A break from weeding around a tsunami-damaged home - time for a debate about the TPP! (with thanks to Hai Huynh for permission to reproduce this photo here)

                              Where are the Students? While volunteering with Meiji University students in Ishinomaki City in August of last year, I experienced a rite of passage for Ishinomaki volunteers: the early morning tour of the seafront district […]

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Things that are still happening

(image courtesy Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

I really didn’t know what to say about the one-year anniversary of the quake and tsunami. At 2:46 on March 11th the entirety of Japan apparently came to a standstill. From Shibuya crossing to Rikuzentakata, everybody just stopped what they were doing, whether they were in a grocery store or […]

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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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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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Volunteering — Safety Precautions

Volunteering — Safety Precautions

Got a call from Damian Penston this morning, who is concerned that many groups doing clean-up work in the affected areas may not be conscious of health risks associated with asbestos and other contaminants they are likely to be exposed to if working near destroyed buildings, etc. This is a […]

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Tohoku Needs Volunteer Help Now!

Tohoku Needs Volunteer Help Now!

Clean-up crew in Iwanuma breaks for lunch, including FVJ members Jade, Sandi, Rajesh, and Camellia. The Golden Week rush is over and volunteer numbers have dropped off steeply, but there remains a lot of work to do in the tsunami-affected zones in Tohoku. If you’ve been waiting for the right moment […]

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