Archive for November, 2011

November 21st ~ Bob Stilger’s Notes on Japan #26: Taking the First Steps

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 21, 2011

It’s been another busy week. First, we gathered 60 people together for three days of dialog about their leadership at the KEEP at Kiyosato.  They came from all over Japan; two thirds of them in their 20s and 30s.  It was our fourth Youth Community Leader Dialogs since May; they have now involved more than Read full post

Ordinary People

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 12, 2011

Pausing as I write the phrase, ordinary people…. What’s really true is that I am just blown away.  I’ve spent the last three days meeting people who are doing the work needed to stabilize and then re-create the Tohoku region of Japan that was ravaged by the triple disasters of March 11, 2011. There are Read full post

November 12th ~ Bob Stilger’s Notes on Japan #24: Rikuzentakada

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Last day of three days in Tohoku disaster area.  We woke to a beautiful morning with a bright autumn sun on a smooth ocean.  Such a different view than the one eight months ago. Rikuzentakada was a jewel of a small community.  Population of 17,000, it had a mild climate and a great deal of Read full post

November 11th ~ Bob Stilger’s Notes on Japan #23: Different Ways of Being Temporary

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 11, 2011

Dear friends, We* spent a second day visiting four different places in the the Tohoku disaster area.  I’ll just talk about two. Eight months ago today the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown hit Japan.  Back in the tsunami area of Miyagi Prefecture, I impressed with the extent of clean-up and it is still hard to Read full post

November 10th ~ Bob Stilger’s Notes on Japan #22: Giving Yourself

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 10, 2011

The word “volunteer” took on new meaning for me today as we listened to four different stories today in the Tohoku disaster area.  Five* of us left Tokyo this morning and traveled to Sendai.  I’m just blown away.  Let me briefly share four stories. Suji-san is in his late twenties or early thirties.  He came Read full post

November 5th ~ Bob Stilger’s Notes on Japan #21:Finding the Starting Line

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 5, 2011

Two remarkable meetings today in Tokyo that I’d like to share with you. The first was with my friend Tamio Nakano and his friend Makoto, who developed the Junbun-ko process I described in my last note, and Kathleen Sullivan and Hazuki Yasuhara whose work is with, bringing the stories of survivors of Hiroshima’s Atomic Read full post

November 3rd ~ Bob Stilger’s Notes on Japan #20: 世界人が平和であいますうに

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 3, 2011

It has been two months since I wrote.  I’ve been back in Japan for two weeks and having a difficult time finding my ground.  I’ve actually been home in Kyoto for the past week, and feeling unclear.  Today the fog lifted a bit… Near my host family’s home in Kyoto is a famous Shinto Shrine Read full post