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14-s1 Hurricane Sandy Relief Volunteer Project: Japanese Volunteers Supporting Disaster Victims in New York

December 12, 2012

Peace Boat is active in post Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, reciprocating the support extended to Japan from US citizens following the March 11 disaster.

04-s1 Northern Kyushu Flooding Relief Activity – Interview Report

September 1, 2012

Interview with Mizuno Masaya, head of the local Social Welfare Council, regarding cooperation with Peace Boat in relief activity for the flooding in northern Kyushu in July-Aug 2012.

01-s1 Gathering scallop shells for oyster cultivation

February 5, 2012

Volunteers are active helping to collect scallop shells to use for the cultivation of oysters to help the local fishing industry recover.

01-s1 Before Ringing in the New Year: “Kinkasan Support Project”

December 29, 2011

Located in the Pacific Ocean, the entire island of Kinkasan is considered to be sacred areas of Koganeyama Shrine. To once again enable people to visit the island comfortably, organizations belonging to the Ishinomaki Disaster Recovery Assistance Council gathered to implement the “Kinkasan Support Project” between December 19 and 23.

recovery-s1 One Step Towards Recovery – Ties Between Survivors and Volunteers

December 26, 2011

The 24 minute documentary, "One Step Towards Recovery - Ties Between Survivors and Volunteers" is now available on line!

01-s Brought back by Pal System – Maruto Takahashi Tokuji Shoten’s “Ebishinjo”

December 8, 2011

Pal System Consumers Cooperative Union has been carrying out relief activities since soon after the disaster.

25-s Wakayama Typhoon No 12: Words from the Volunteer Coordinator

November 28, 2011

Peace Boat has just finished two months of emergency relief work in Wakayama Prefecture.

01-s To Restore the City of Fisheries: Aiding Factories

November 24, 2011

Many factories and industries affiliated with fisheries suffered serious damage in the tsunami, and relief to support the recovery of the fishing industry is now going on.

[Ganbatte 365 Videos] The “Cans of Hope” of Kinoya

November 18, 2011

The Ganbatte365 project has continued to produce videos showing disaster relief efforts such as the two videos shown on this page.

01-s Volunteers making vegetable fields

November 17, 2011

The fishing industry assistance volunteers are now also helping to build vegetable plots on land.

03-s 7 months on – the closure of the Ishinomaki evacuation centres

October 26, 2011

As of October 11, all evacuation centres of Ishinomaki have been closed. Peace Boat plans to continue supporting the local community such as through provision of newspapers to temporary housing.

Letter from Ishinomaki

October 14, 2011

09-s Fire-lighting ceremony: Takahashi Tokuji Store commences operations!

October 10, 2011

On October 1, the Takahashi Tokuji Store, established in 1905, recommenced business operations. This report is about the “fire-lighting ceremony” which was held to celebrate this occasion.

05-s Cleaning Assistant Director (AD) (Part 2)

October 8, 2011

Report following the activities of Cleaning Assistant Director Ichijo Kenji (Part 2).

09-s Cleaning Assistant Director (AD) (Part 1)

October 6, 2011

This report follows Cleaning Team Assistant Director Ichijo Kenji, who has been in Ishinomaki since March 21 and is responsible for debris clearance and home cleaning activities.

DSC04662-s High school students from Tochigi participate in volunteer activities

September 20, 2011

On September 11, 6 months after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 10 high school students from Tochigi Prefecture came to help with Peace Boat's debris removing volunteer activities.

04-s Ishinomaki Scenery (2)

Second in a series of photographs of scenery in Ishinomaki, this time by photographer Kataoka Kazushi.

anderson3-s Beyond the sadness – Taylor Anderson’s family visits Ishinomaki

September 17, 2011

Taylor Anderson was an assistant English teacher from the US who lost her life in the tsunami. 4 members of her family volunteered with Peace Boat in her beloved Ishinomaki on September 8.

DSC04282-s Hayamahime Temple Festival, Oginohama

September 16, 2011

On September 9 approximately 30 volunteers participated in the Festival at Hayamahime Temple Festival Temple, which is located in the Oginohama area of the Oshika Peninsula.

beforeafter-s Ishinomaki Before and After (April 10 – August 30)

September 11, 2011

Peace Boat has completed cleaning of over 1,200 locations in Ishinomaki, including homes, shops, schools, drains and cemeteries. These photos show scenes before and after volunteer efforts.

20110901 雄勝船越-0053-s Fisherman in Funakoshi

September 9, 2011

Peace Boat first met Mr Nakazato on July 2 at the Ogatsu Recovery Market. He is a fisherman in Funakoshi, a small village of 320 people before the disaster where the tsunami destroyed most homes.

20110828 saikouji (14)-s Volunteers cleaning graves in preparation for the equinox

September 7, 2011

Recently volunteers have become busy with cleaning graves and the surrounding areas, as local residents have requested help to have the graves cleaned by the time of the coming equinox.

IMG_3977-s Onwards Dani-busters! The evacuation center cleaning team

September 2, 2011

The "Dani-buster" team been working since June, and is in charge of cleaning bedding, pest control and in particular removing bed bugs in the more than 60 evacuation centers in Ishinomaki area.

_DSC8173-s Dougenin Evacuation Centre Closing Ceremony

August 23, 2011

On August 7, the closing ceremony of the Dougenin Temple evacuation center was held. Established soon after the earthquake and tsunami, this centre has helped to protect the residents of Ishinomaki.

_DSC7811-s Finished collecting 800,000 Kinoya store “Cans of Hope”!

August 17, 2011

The collection of the Kinoya store “Cans of Hope” has been completed! Peace Boat volunteers worked with factory employees to collect and sort the 80,000 cans of local seafood since June 28, 2011.

IMG_6590-s 5 months since the disaster – Volunteer Coordinator interview

August 15, 2011

Peace Boat staff Kobayashi Shingo entered Ishinomaki on March 17, and for the past 5 months has been working daily to link governmental and civilian agencies and groups there.

61-s Ishinomaki Kawabiraki Festival Report Vol. 3

August 5, 2011

On the 2nd day of the Kawabiraki Festival, many high-spirited voices flew about the Ishinomaki shopping arcade, an area previously full of rubble now significantly recovered.

25-s Ishinomaki Kawabiraki Festival Report Vol. 1

August 4, 2011

The Ishinomaki Kawabiraki (“River Opening”) Festival was held in Ishinomaki on July 31 - August 1, with volunteers working with the local community to create an event of memorial and fun.

06 UK Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne visits Ishinomaki

July 27, 2011

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister of State Jeremy Browne and British Ambassador David Warren visited Peace Boat's Central Kitchen.

12-s Reviving the oyster farms – for harvesting 2 years from now

July 25, 2011

Peace Boat volunteers are assisting to salvage fishing items such as ropes and buoys, and to support the revival of the local oyster farming industry.

4-s The pool cleaning is complete!

July 12, 2011

Volunteers, including many only staying in Ishinomaki for just a weekend, have completely cleaned a community swimming pool of mud in just 2 days, providing an important place for local kids to play.

09 The start of summer – pool cleaning

July 11, 2011

Volunteers are clearing mud from the local swimming pool together with children and their parents who frequented the pool before the disaster and are looking forward to its reopening this summer.

05 Supporting the recovery of the fishing industry – Oshika Peninsula

July 10, 2011

Upon request of local fishermen, Peace Boat is now supporting the rebuilding of livelihoods through gathering fishing equipment that was dispersed and damaged by the tsunami.

IMG_0499 Photo gallery – cleanup at a fishing port on the Oshika Peninsula

July 9, 2011

Photographs by Ueno Yoshinori of the situation and clean up activities at the fishing port of Koami Kurahama on the Oshika Peninsula, Miyagi Prefecture (1 hour from Ishinomaki).

1-s Let the water pass through – clearing drains

July 7, 2011

Infrastructural reconstruction is progressing, yet as roadside drains are still filled with sludge water cannot yet be used. Volunteers are now working to clear these drains and restore running water.

Moriya Fruit Shop Moriya Fruit Shop Update

June 4, 2011

The Moriya Fruit and Vegetable Store was the first shops in Ishinomaki's central street to reopen, on April 13 - just 1 month after the disaster. Such openings provide an important hope for recovery.

0529-5・IMG_2969-s “This persimmon tree protects our family”

June 1, 2011

"I really wanted to protect even just this one tree." Nine cars were piled up in this large persimmon tree during the tsunami, and this tree protected a local family's house from being swept away.

10-s On the Ground: The city two months after the earthquake

May 31, 2011

These photos represent the city at its current state, 2 wo months since the tsunami. Shops have slowly begun to open their doors for business, yet full recovery is still a long way away.

1110524-4.IMG_6427-s Interview with Relief Project Coordinator – “Every little bit helps”

May 30, 2011

"Every bit helps. All you need is empathy, to put yourself in the shoes of the survivors," says Peace Boat staff Ueshima Yasuhiro. “Alone, people become despondent....but together, they gain courage."

P1010375-s International Cooperation – volunteer team from Sri Lanka

In 2004, Sri Lanka experienced a tsunami, and now 15 Sri Lankans are volunteering in Ishinomaki. “We experienced the same tragedy, so we understand the needs of the survivors.”

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