Recovery?: Reflecting on 1000 days.

Recovery?: Reflecting on 1000 days.

As I’ve been working on relief projects in various tsunami-hit communities across the affected areas in Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi for well over two years already, the term of “復興 (‘fukkou’ = Recovery/Reconstruction)” is one that I’ve heard multiple times every single day. I visited a small “Recovery” shop near my work site today and picked up a half-dozen items […]

Playground of Hope Project

Playground of Hope Project

Today was an exciting day. The first round of play-sets were officially opened in Ishinomaki, courtesy Michael Anop’s phenomenal Playground of Hope initiative. Big thanks to Jamie El-Banna and the NPO It’s Not Just Mud for assembling the Miyagi sets! The project addresses a very real need for kids stuck in temporary housing to just be kids again. Over the […]

The Sato family who run the Kotobukiya Sake shop in Ishinomaki.

Rebuilding Local Businesses – Kotobukiya

This article is much belated, but I wanted look back on some of the local businesses that we’ve helped rebuild alongside the It’s Not Just Mud and On the Road NPOs. Mr and Mrs Sato at the renovated Kotobukiya Sake Shop, Ishinomaki City The following photo is one I took on March 22nd, during the third FVJ delivery of goods […]

Vol Projects: Aid Distribution #1: The Warehouse

Vol Projects: Aid Distribution #1: The Warehouse

  Volunteering Projects: Aid Distribution #1: The Warehouse For this series, I’d like to walk through several of the various volunteer projects out there.  Volunteering in Tohoku involves many different types of work. Everything from gutting buildings – digging and scrubbing mud – gutting houses – knocking down walls – running community cafes – holding soup kitchens – clearing ditches […]

Santas visiting Temporary Housing for the SaveMinamisoma Project

Holiday Volunteering (Part 1)

A team of 9 Santas visited Temp Housing Units alongside the regular SaveMinamiSoma distribution. Although this article is a little late, I still thought it would be worth writing about how the volunteer groups I’ve been working with operated over the Winter Holidays. On December 23rd, FVJ members rejoined the Save Minamisoma Project ( www.saveminamisoma.org ) to help out on […]


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Survey on Tokyo hazard vulnerability and preparation

Survey on Tokyo hazard vulnerability and preparation

Relief supplies for Minamisoma – During delivery by Rescue Japan Please fill in the Survey on tokyo hazard vulnerability and preparation This survey aims to gather information related to disaster preparedness from residents in Tokyo targeting 4 Wards (Edogawa, Koto, Meguro and Minato) It focuses on the following hazards Floods, Tropical storms and Typhoons, Water scarcity, Fire, Extreme heat, Extreme […]

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Vol Projects: Aid Distribution #1: The Warehouse

Vol Projects: Aid Distribution #1: The Warehouse

  Volunteering Projects: Aid Distribution #1: The Warehouse For this series, I’d like to walk through several of the various volunteer projects out there.  Volunteering in Tohoku involves many different types of work. Everything from gutting buildings – digging and scrubbing mud – gutting houses – knocking down walls – running community cafes – holding soup kitchens – clearing ditches […]

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Recovery?: Reflecting on 1000 days.

Recovery?: Reflecting on 1000 days.

As I’ve been working on relief projects in various tsunami-hit communities across the affected areas in Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi for well over two years already, the term of “復興 (‘fukkou’ = Recovery/Reconstruction)” is one that I’ve heard multiple times every single day. I visited a small “Recovery” shop near my work site today and picked up a half-dozen items […]

continue reading

SaveMinamisoma

Santas visiting Temporary Housing for the SaveMinamisoma Project

Holiday Volunteering (Part 1)

A team of 9 Santas visited Temp Housing Units alongside the regular SaveMinamiSoma distribution. Although this article is a little late, I still thought it would be worth writing about how the volunteer groups I’ve been working with operated over the Winter Holidays. On December 23rd, FVJ members rejoined the Save Minamisoma Project ( www.saveminamisoma.org ) to help out on […]

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Letter from Micah of Hands Kitakami Volunteer Project

Letter from Micah of Hands Kitakami Volunteer Project

Letter from volunteer Micah (exchange student) to Japan Studies Student Leaders, Willamette University. Copied here with permission from Micah and Anna Thomas of the HANDS Kitakami NPO The coast along Kamaishi, taken on March 29th 2011   Dear my lovely JSSL-ers, Greetings from Japan! Many of you may not know who I am, so I shall take a brief moment […]

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Survey on Tokyo hazard vulnerability and preparation

Survey on Tokyo hazard vulnerability and preparation

Relief supplies for Minamisoma – During delivery by Rescue Japan Please fill in the Survey on tokyo hazard vulnerability and preparation This survey aims to gather information related to disaster preparedness from residents in Tokyo targeting 4 Wards (Edogawa, Koto, Meguro and Minato) It focuses on the following hazards Floods, Tropical storms and Typhoons, Water scarcity, Fire, Extreme heat, Extreme […]

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We Will Always Remember You

We Will Always Remember You

In October, Kenji Araki, a director from NY came to Tohoku to film a video as part of another project, and joined the It’s Not Just Mud crew for a couple days. This video is addressed to international citizens as a thank you message from the people of Tohoku, and really conveys a warm and encouraging message. To the people […]

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It’s Not Just Mud

It’s Not Just Mud

INJM Working on a landslide-relief project in Onagawa town. This is one of the groups in Tohoku that has playedgracious host to Foreign Volunteers Japan members on several visits up to Tohoku so far. The group was originallyformed in the famous “Tent City” in Ishinomaki, that ran frommid-March until September 30th, on the grounds of Senshu University inIshinomaki. The founder […]

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>Foreign Volunteers Japan Delivery Missions

>Foreign Volunteers Japan Delivery Missions

>Since I’ve had the chance to join in on two delivery missions with the group, and one with Beau Retallick’s group, I thought I should take this chance to elaborate on what exactly these missions entail. Currently, there are shortages of gasoline and rental trucks across Japan. As you could imagine, this creates one of the largest logistical challenges for […]

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>Settled for the Time Being

>Settled for the Time Being

> Yakitori Restaurant in Hakata, Fukuoka Dec 2010 It looks like I’ve settled back in Japan for the (reasonably) long haul. The plan now is to spend the next year or so working hard, saving as much as I can, and getting in shape. The plan is to start researching the Indian subcontinent and the African continent for photo-reportage and […]

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>Joining the Gaza Freedom March

>Joining the Gaza Freedom March

> In December, I headed off to Egypt to join the Gaza Freedom March alongside another 1300 marchers. The initial plan was to head into Gaza to march in solidarity with the Palestinians on the anniversary of the 2008 bombing, to protest the conditions of the occupation and the construction of a massive steel wall to completely seal off the […]

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>Egypt is truly a land of mystery.

>Egypt is truly a land of mystery.

> Egypt is truly a land of mystery. While there are many secrets lost to the ages here the bustling excitement of modern Cairo hides just as many stories as are buried under the whites sands and black sands of the desert. This first image is of a faceless deity from Karnak temple.When the Bamiyan Buddhas were destroyed in Afghanistan […]

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>Nearly scared away from journalism

>Nearly scared away from journalism

> Now I realize that the quality of my writing doesn’t stand par with most of the writers already out there, since I rely a little too heavily on cliches and run-on sentences. However, I want to ascertain that becoming a journalist has been a long-standing dream of mine. I have made it into a few riskier countries that are […]

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>The drunken camel guide of Petra

>The drunken camel guide of Petra

> I think we’ve all had our encounters with incredibly fascinating people, whose life experiences can really inspire us, and move us… except that, for some reason we’re occasionally/often scared away from such a person from their intensity. On my second day visiting the Petra Complex in Jordan, as seen in the 3rd Indiana Jones movie, I ended up with […]

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