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Activity Focus 18th-23rd of April 2013

Activity Focus 

18th-23rd of April 2013 (introducing one part of Tono Magokoro Net’s activities)

‘Kamiosabe no Sato’: Weeding, tending flower beds and stripping withered cedars (Thursday 18th of April)

Around 20 volunteers, including some from Eon Group, took part in ‘Kamiosabe no Sato’ in Rikuzentakata City. They weeded wheat fields, tended flower beds and stripped cedars withered as a result of the salination caused by the tsunami. For lunch they received home made, piping hot curry rice and pickles from local women. After work had ended there was also time to hear stories from victims of the tsunami about the events at the time.


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‘Kamiosabe no Sato’: Weeding (Friday 19th of April)

Spring is the season of new growth. Absorbing the energy from the earth even weeds grow quickly. There were over 60 volunteers on the day at ‘Kamiosabe no Sato’ in Rikuzentakata City including members of the Astellas Labour Union and new employees from the Asahi Kasei Corporation. They spent a long time weeding in earnest in the wide Kamiosabe wheat fields. It is a surprisingly arduous job to stay crouched, carefully removing the weeds without damaging the wheat. It doubtless tired you out. Thank you very much!


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Magokoro no Sato 3 ‘the herb village’: Building a roof over the wood decking in front of Cube House (Saturday 20th April)

The front of the Cube House at the the Magokoro no Sato 3 herb village in Otsuchi has a lovely wooden decking. Now, with the aid of Tohoku Care, a roof is going to be fitted. On the day, the work involved digging the holes for the pillars that would support the roof and securing the pillars with concrete. The 15 or so volunteers took turns to transport by wheelbarrow fresh concrete from the mixer. A volunteer said that they were able to gain a very rare experience. Thank you for all your hard work!


 Translation: Laurence Newbery-Payton

Witnesses of the Tsunami, Ryouiti Usuzawa

The Magokoro Santa Fund

(⇒Spanish   ⇒Italian  ⇒Taiwanese )

The Magokoro Santa Fund

The Magokoro Santa Fund was established by the non-profit organization Tono Magokoro Net after the success of the “100 Santas!” event in Christmas 2011. The event, organized on behalf of the children and survivors of the March 11 tsunami, was a great success, receiving support and generous donations from all quarters. Since some money was left after the project, The Magokoro Santa Fund was established to support further education for high school students in Iwate Prefecture.


Call for support of the Magokoro Santa Fund 

There are high school students in Tohoku today who will give up on their dreams of higher education due to the financial difficulties caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to study according to their own abilities or skills, without the constraints of financial concern. Getting further education is a valuable opportunity throughout our life.

We would of course like to help all high school students in the Iwate coastal region interested in pursuing higher education, but our budget is limited. We are focusing first on helping students living in the towns most severely affected by the tsunami and with which we have developed a strong working relation. The more donations we are able to collect, the more students we will be able to help and the more help we will be able to offer each student, hopefully not only in Iwate but also in Miyagi and Fukushima as well.

We kindly ask you to support our students suffering from the effects of last year’s disaster so that they might preserve hope for their future.


Tono Magokoro Net

Address, 28-5 Tono-cho, Tono, Iwate 028-0514, Japan

Phone: +81-198-62-1001

Fax:  +81-198-62-1002

E-mail: tonomagokoro@gmail.com


Donation Bank Account

Name of Bank, Iwate Bank

Name of Branch, Tono Branch


Bank code, 0123

Branch code, 018

Account Number, 2046338

Address of Bank, 2-9 Chuo-dori, Tono, Iwate 028-0523, Japan.


Receipt of donations available upon requested (please send your name and address to to tonomagokoro@gmail.com).

We cannot confirm the details of tax exemption in your country as each country is subject to different tax regimes.

World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku

World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku
Sendai International Center 3-4 July 2012

Details Here.

Magokoro reunion in USA & Canada

Dear friends who attended volunteer activities in Tono Magokoro Net,
Magokoro reunion will be held on May 12th or 13th, 2012, in RV Park
near Upland, CA,USA and on July 7th or 8th in RV Park near Vancouver,
Canada. Registration by e-mail is required in advance.

Masanobu Tamura (田村正信), Chiba, Japan, nobarumat@yahoo.co.jp
Yasumitsu Mieno (三重野靖充), Osaka, Japan, mieno1919@gmail.com

Bon in the Ocean, Sanriku

The memory of the tsunami disaster on 11th March, 2011 should be shared widely and kept for long to overcome the tragedy and to realize a better future of Sanriku, southern coastal areas in Iwate. The “Bon” is a holy period in mid-August when, according to the Japanese tradition, souls of the departed return their homes. The “Bon in the Ocean, Sanriku” renews memories of the victims of the tsunami disaster through tying together the communities of Sanriku while paying attention to the different characteristics of the Bon custom in each community. A strong tie is now necessary for opening the door to the future.

Bon in the Ocean, Sanriku


Helping “collect Pacific saury” – Part 1

We undertake a wide range of volunteer activities, which are at times tougher than anything we could ever imagine. At the behest of the city of Rikuzentakata, the our team made our way to Read more »

Stay-Home Volunteer Opportunity.

Volunteer Proof Readers Wanted

Volunteer at TMN from home! Making information available in English is an important part of our outreach and advocacy. We are looking for native English speakers who can proof read the translated web materials. Workload varied but mostly sporadic. 3 months volunteer commitment. Knowledge of Japanese language desirable but not a must. Please e-mail: tonomagokoro.eg@gmail.com


Want to inform your experience on Magokoro Net?

We will hold an event “Debrief Session: Volunteer Experience of First Disaster Recovery” suggested by Tokiko Suzuki who volunteered during the national holidays.

We would like to present  your volunteer experience in front of others. We  also need your help coordinating the event.

Details: Read more »