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Japan, Project Tohoku, volunteering

A Sunday Outing

Yesterday I went off on a field trip. I scoped out a potential satellite project in Yamada, about an hour further north. It went well and I’ll be heading up a small team of people who will be responsible for clearing the grounds of a Shinto shrine and gutting the house of the caretaker/priest. If we manage to impress the local community and earn their trust there is plenty more work in the surrounding area.

The scenery around Yamada is breathtaking, the beach that sits in front of the shrine complex was often voted “cleanest in Japan”. It was also one of the hardest hit by the tsunami. Japan Today reports that almost the entire town was submerged by the wave and then it set on fire. While facilities will be basic and comforts few, satellites are often people’s fondest memories of a project so I’m really looking forward to it – although I won’t have internet so you’ll have to live without me for a few days!


About Jess UK

Fell in love with the crazy, inspiring, all-or-nothing world of disaster response and the wonderfully ridiculous, hard-working people who are drawn to it. Currently working in the Philippines as part of the recovery efforts after Typhoon Washi/Sendong! Want to know more? Check out disasterchasers.wordpress.com.


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