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01-s Peace Boat volunteers continue to support recovery from Hurricane Sandy

February 9, 2013

Peace Boat continues its support for populations affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey through the dispatch of two volunteers in 2013.

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.

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.

01-s1 Volunteer Interview – Anbai Yuhiro

October 31, 2012

Originally from Iwate Prefecture, Anbai Yuhiro currently volunteers in the Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Centre office in 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.

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.

07-s1 Growing sea squirts

August 9, 2012

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

01-s1 Kyushu Floods: Disaster Relief Activity Report

August 1, 2012

Report on Peace Boat's disaster relief activities after flooding in Takeda City, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu.

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.

03-s1 A New Project in Ishinomaki – Painting ‘Tairyo-ki’ on Containers!

July 23, 2012

A new voluntary project was launched in May in the Oshika Peninsula to paint fishing good luck symbols on storage containers.

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.

01-s1 Support for Expansion of Onagawa Temporary Shopping Avenue Completed!

July 13, 2012

Peace Boat's volunteer carpenters assist the Onagawa Temporary Shopping Avenue.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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!

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 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.

AD part 1-2-s-s Volunteer accommodation facility Assistant Director (AD)

November 14, 2011

Matsumura Junichi has been working long term as a volunteer in charge of one of the volunteer accommodation facilities - a vital aspect of Peace Boat's volunteer programme.

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.

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).

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.

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.

20110829 ofuro (33)-s Follow-up Report: Visitors to “Kizuna no yu” and “Fudou no yu” exceed 3500!

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!

20110830 Ogatsu (14)-s Gathering Ogatsu Stones

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.

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.

IMG_3785-s Support from Paraguay in South America!! Charity sports event for Ishinomaki

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.

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