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01-s “3.9 Letter Campaign” – The Gratitude we always wanted to show-

March 9, 2013

Two years have passed since March 11, 2013. The city of Ishinomaki began a campaign to commemorate March 9 as a day of gratitude.

01-s Current Activities – 2013

February 11, 2013

Peace Boat's Disaster Relief Volunteer Centre's ongoing projects in 2013.

01-s The first six months – Peace Boat Center Ishinomaki

January 5, 2013

Report detailing events and activities held during the first six months of the Peace Boat Center Ishinomaki.

01-s1 Event Report: Forum on creating a long-term support and recovery network for the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster areas

November 16, 2012

On October 17, with the cooperation of NGO/NPOs and corporate partners, Peace Boat hosted an event focused on creating a network to quickly and efficiently provide support after disasters in Japan.

07-s1 International Standards for Humanitarian Aid: HAP and Sphere

November 6, 2012

Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Centre Programme Officer participated in the Training of Trainers the “Sphere Project” in October in Seoul.

07-s1 Ishinomaki Musical “A COMMON BEAT”

October 12, 2012

At the Peace Boat Centre Ishinomaki, people are now talking about rehearsals for a musical which is going to be performed in Miyagi in January 2013.

01-s1 Australian volunteer Paul Bilney – in Ishinomaki four times

September 19, 2012

Mr Paul Bilney first came to Ishinomaki all the way from Australia in April last year soon after the disaster struck, and is a veteran international volunteer.

19-s1 Ishinomaki Scenery Vol. 6 – Kawabiraki Festival

August 31, 2012

The biggest local festival, the "89th Ishinomaki Kawabiraki ("River Opening") Festival," was held in Ishinomaki on July 31 and August 1, 2012.

07-s1 Growing sea squirts

August 9, 2012

Efforts to support the fishing community reviving their sea squirt farming.

01-s1 A day at the Peace Boat Center Ishinomaki

July 30, 2012

The Peace Boat Center Ishinomaki opened on June 2, and has welcomed over 1,000 people in the six weeks since.

01-s1 Oraho’s Machizukuri Oen (Support to revitalize our town)

July 21, 2012

The ”Oraho's Machizukuri Oen” programme held as part of the Ishinomaki volunteering experience offers a rich and intense 2 day program to see sides of Ishinomaki which cannot be experienced in other ways.

10-s1 Grand Opening of the Ishinomaki Peace Boat Center!

July 11, 2012

The community space "Peace Boat Center Ishinomaki" was officially opened on June 2.

01-s1 Certificate of appreciation and commemorative token from the Ishinomaki Technical High School!

June 19, 2012

Peace Boat was honoured to receive thanks from the Koshien Committee of the Ishinomaki Technical High School, whose baseball team made their first entry into Koshien.

Oshika peninsula is famous for oyster farming. My fishing village experience!

June 15, 2012

Interview with a participant in the experience and exchange programme launched in 2012 for interaction between volunteers and local fisherfolk.

04-s1 International elementary school students lend their support

June 12, 2012

Sixth graders from an international school in Tokyo learning about Peace Boat's disaster relief activities.

11-s1 Making Accesories with Ogatsu Stone is “something to live for” – Funakoshi Ladies, Ogatsu

June 11, 2012

The 'Funakoshi Ladies' famously make and sell necklaces and cellphone straps made from the local specialty, Ogatsu Stone.

01-s1 Cycling School in Ishinomaki!

May 16, 2012

40 local primary school children joined a cycling school held by Peace Boat and the 'Chainring Project for Kids' on April 30.

04-s1 Where is the Post Office?

April 23, 2012

Volunteers creating maps of the local area, bus schedules and information about services residents in temporary housing facilities.

12-s1 For Lasting Support! Fishing Experience Program – 2nd day of Wakame seaweed harvesting

April 9, 2012

A volunteer's experience during the first fishing experience programme held in Sudachi/Fukiura, Ojika Peninsula.

Messages from around the world for the Ishinomaki Technical High School Baseball Team

April 6, 2012

Messages of support for the Ishinomaki Technical High School baseball team from the Ambassadors of Panama and Cuba to Japan, as well as former MLB player Bobby Valentine.

10-s1 Public Viewing- Ishinomaki Technical Highschool in the National Baseball Championship!

March 30, 2012

Public viewing of the Ishinomaki team's participation in the national high school baseball tournament.

01-s1 National High School Baseball Championship 2012

March 27, 2012

Ishinomaki Technical Highschool (Ishiko) appeared in "the 84th National High School Baseball Championship", a spring championship at Koshien.

01-s1 Ambassadors from GRULAC visit Ishinomaki once again

March 16, 2012

After almost a year the GRULAC Ambassadors visited Ishinomaki and Onagawa once again.

12-s1 Ishinomaki on March 11, 2012

March 12, 2012

Photographs from Ishinomaki on the first anniversary of March 11, 2012.

New computers for the children arrived on March 1 Computers arrive in the schoolhouse!

March 9, 2012

Upon request from the school, Peace Boat has cooperated to provide Minato Daini Junior School with 13 computers on March 1.

07-s1 Staff Interview Takeda Nobuhiro and support for Fukushima

March 4, 2012

Interview with Peace Boat staff member Takeda Nobuhiro - member of the advance team to Ishinomaki and coordinating support for his home town Fukushima.

IshinomakiNumbers-Jan-2012-s1 News Updates

February 24, 2012

Peace Boat news from Ishinomaki, more information about volunteer work and plans for the 1 year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

08-s1 Kato Tokiko live concert in Ishinomaki

February 15, 2012

A live performance was held by renowned singer Kato Tokiko in Ishinomaki.

03-s1 Announcing A New Project! “Experiencing Fishing in Ishinomaki -Harvesting Wakame Seaweed-”

February 7, 2012

The new project, “Volunteer Experience Fishing in Ishinomaki” mainly focuses on “exchange and experience,” rather than the provision of labour for the harvest.

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.

09-s1 Volunteer Carpenters at the Onagawa Container Village Shopping Centre

February 4, 2012

Volunteer carpenters work to build a wooden deck for the "Onagawa Container Village Shopping Centre.”

01-s1 Ototake Hirotada and Funkist visit Hashiura Elementary School!

December 29, 2011

On December 23, a special Christmas event was held at Hashiura Elementary School in Ishinomaki including a special class by author Ototake Hirotada and concert by FUNKIST.

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

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.

05-s1 2011 Fishing Support Report

December 27, 2011

Peace Boat activities to support the local fishing industry in the Ishinomaki area were carried out in 16 coastal locations in Ogatsu and the Oshika Peninsula, on 160 days in 2011.

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 Ishinomaki Scenery Part 4

December 24, 2011

Photographs of scenery in and around Ishinomaki, by Nakamura Mitsutoshi.

01-s A small connection through the Kizuna Newspaper

December 19, 2011

Blog photographer shares a personal episode meeting an elderly couple while distributing the Kizuna newspaper in Ishinomaki's temporary housing.

05-s To overcome the harsh winter – the “Kizuna Newspaper”

December 18, 2011

Since the Kizuna Newspaper was launched in October, it has received many compliments and thanks from residents, a result of all the efforts made by Peace Boat volunteers in Ishinomaki.

01-s Leader Training Participants’ Interviews

December 15, 2011

Interviews with participants in the first term of the “Disaster Relief Volunteer Leader Training,” November 5-11, 2011.

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.

01-s Jumbo Norimaki (Sushi Roll)!

December 2, 2011

From November 23 to 27, “Tomoni-Mae-e-Ganbaru Shotengai Matsuri" (Let's Work Together Together to Move Forward Shopping Street Festival) was held in the center of Ishinomaki, where the local community together made a 100m Norimaki (sushi roll).

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.

Lecture and Report Session in Aichi: December 1 (Thurs)

On December 1, events will be held at Chukyo University in Aichi prefecture to report on the volunteer activities in Ishinomaki.

09-s Disaster Relief Volunteer Leader training first term finished!

November 18, 2011

The first term of the Disaster Volunteer Leader training took place in Ishinomaki from November 5-11, 2011.

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

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.

KizunaNP_0061-s 6th Newspaper Published!

November 15, 2011

This newspaper has been handed since October 2 by hand to 4000 households at over 80 temporary housing areas in the area.

08-s Ishinomaki Scenery (3)

November 14, 2011

Third in a series of photographs of scenery in Ishinomaki, this time by photographer Nakamura Mitsutoshi.

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