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01-s1 Overnight disaster drills at schools

November 21, 2012

Peace Boat has participated in overnight emergency drills held at high schools throughout Tokyo.

04-s1 “Intro to Disaster Volunteering” Begins!

October 22, 2012

Peace Boat is proud to announce the launch in September 2012 of the Disaster Volunteer Training programme, designed to help prepare for future disasters.

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.

13-s1 “We made it to the top of Mt Fuji!” – Staff member’s diary

August 5, 2012

As part of a recreation project for children in Fukushima, Peace Boat planned a mountain climbing trip to Mt Fuji from July 21-23, 2012.

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.

03-s1 HOPE for JAPAN 2011 Project

June 22, 2012

A group of young Peace Boat participants intiated a project to collect messages from around the world for Tohoku, which has just been published in a book called "Hope for Japan 2011."

02-s1 Fukushima & Venezuela Music Youth Ambassadors – Widened Horizons: Opening the World’s Door for Fukushima’s Youth

June 21, 2012

Delegates from the Fukushima Television Junior Orchestra will join Peace Boat's together with the world renowned “El Sistema” from Venezuela for music and cultural exchange.

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.

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.

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.

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.

11-s1 Snow Shoveling Volunteer Report (Ojiya City, Niigata)

March 7, 2012

The achievements of 150 volunteers to shovel snow in 30 locations throughout Ojiya City, Niigata Prefecture.

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.

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 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.

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).

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.

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.

02-s Newspaper delivery to temporary housing

October 26, 2011

Peace Boat is now creating a weekly newspaper to be delivered to temporary housing throughout Ishinomaki as part of its relief activities.

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

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.

17-s The Orahono Recovery Festival – Ishinomaki, Onagawa, Higashi Matsushima

October 23, 2011

On Sunday October 16, the "Orahono Recovery Festival - Ishinomaki, Onagawa, Higashi Matsushima" was held at the Ishinomaki City General Sports Park.

01-s Report on emergency relief efforts – ‘Creating a system to utilize volunteers’

October 18, 2011

On October 13 the “Report on emergency relief efforts 7 months on from March 11 - 'Creating a system to utilize volunteers'” report session was held at the JICA Global Plaza in Hiroo, Tokyo.

06698871bef928142a1b946389bbb1d4-s Concert by Oshio Kotaro at Hebita Junior High School

October 15, 2011

On October 7, famous Japanese guitarist Oshio Kotaro performed a concert for local evacuation center residents at Hebita Junior High School in Ishinomaki.

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.

15-s Kitchen Assistant Directors (ADs)

October 5, 2011

Since Peace Boat launched its relief activities in Ishinomaki, the food provision team has prepared a total of more than 100,000 meals. This report follows the team's Assistant Directors Morinaga Yoko and Kitamura Kazumi.

volunteer1 Tricolore Music Festival

October 1, 2011

On September 25, the 8th Tricolore Music Festival was held in Ishinomaki, thanks to the local residents' passion for music and strong desire to work towards recovery and revitalize the local community.

026-s Safety measures for volunteers (Part 2)

September 30, 2011

Orientations, training and safety measures for volunteers have been developed greatly as the activities have proceeded over the past six months. Read here for further information about such issues.

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.

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