March 16, 2013
Peace Boat has recently launched the "Now, Here Project", inspired by the worldwide WWOOF movement.
September 30, 2012
Peace Boat has been working with the local community, volunteers and other groups to create commercials of shops in the "The Chime of Hope Shopping Center."
August 9, 2012
Efforts to support the fishing community reviving their sea squirt farming.
March 9, 2012
Upon request from the school, Peace Boat has cooperated to provide Minato Daini Junior School with 13 computers on March 1.
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.
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.
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.
December 26, 2011
The 24 minute documentary, "One Step Towards Recovery - Ties Between Survivors and Volunteers" is now available on line!
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.
December 8, 2011
Pal System Consumers Cooperative Union has been carrying out relief activities since soon after the disaster.
October 28, 2011
A volunteer team from the Malaysian Association of Youth Club (MAYC) spent five days in Ishinomaki between 18-22 October.
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.
October 8, 2011
Report following the activities of Cleaning Assistant Director Ichijo Kenji (Part 2).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 14, 2011
Over the past two weeks the number of visitors to the public baths, “Kizuna no yu” and “Fudou no yu” that were opened to the public on August 22 exceeded 3500 people!
September 12, 2011
Slate stones are a traditional industry of Ogatsu town, near Ishinomaki. Volunteers have been working to collect them to be reused for things such as roof tiles, accessories and ink stones.
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.
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.
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.
September 6, 2011
A new style of meal preparation– BBQs, where ingredients and equipment (rather than ready-made meals) are brought and volunteers and residents cook together in an environment of regained independence.
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.
August 27, 2011
August 26, 2011
On July 26, “Corrida por Japon” or “Let's run for Japan” was held by the Japan Chamber of Commerce in Paraguay. Funds collected by the 1000 participants were donated to Peace Boat for disaster relief.
Two new public baths were opened on August 22. Constructed by the Ishinomaki Disaster Recovery Assistance Council, Peace Boat is now in charge of operating the baths.
August 25, 2011
Flies and mosquitoes are increasing in the disaster affected areas, and Peace Boat is now working to install fly screens in evacuation centres throughout the Ishinomaki region.
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.
An exhibition of photographs from areas affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami was conducted in 19 ports around the world during Peace Boat’s 73rd Global Peace Voyage.
August 19, 2011
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.
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.
August 11, 2011
August 10, 2011
The Nigerian community in Japan have been actively involved in relief efforts, supporting Peace Boat's project for people moving into temporary housing in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture.
August 9, 2011
Survivors of the 2004 Sumatra tsunami gave many tsunamika dolls to survivors of the tsunami which hit Japan this year, as a gift of support and a living symbol of overcoming such difficulty.
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.
August 4, 2011
Local and traditional products of stores that had re-opened since the disaster were sold at the “Ishinomaki Recovery Market,” with proceeds of sales further contributing to recovery efforts.
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.
July 27, 2011
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister of State Jeremy Browne and British Ambassador David Warren visited Peace Boat's Central Kitchen.
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.
July 21, 2011
There are many volunteer opportunities for people in Tokyo, either to continue activities after volunteering in Ishinomaki, or for those not able to directly go to the disaster affected areas.
July 14, 2011
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.