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Posts in the Resilient Japan Blog Category


Onagawa: Building A Resilient Community

Posted by Bob Stilger on February 7, 2016

In mid-April of 2011 I traveled to Onagawa, a town of 10,000 on Japan’s northeast coast. On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 in the afternoon a magnitude 9 quake struck not far off the coast. Forty minutes later a tsunami wave towering 60 feet and rushing forward at 100 miles an hour came crashing in. Read full post


Nuclear Disasters Keep on Giving

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 26, 2015

I sit here at my keyboard feeling both broken-hearted and still angry tonight. Hide Enomoto and I have been co-hosting a learning journey to Fukushima with 24 people, all Japanese except for one American (well two, including me). We visited Itatemura, a small village that began 2011 with a population of about 6,000 people. It Read full post


Resilient Japan #57: New Stories for a New Japan

Posted by Bob Stilger on December 18, 2014

Just Back from Japan… I’m back in Spokane, my final trip to Japan this year complete.  Much to share! There are ongoing challenges in the disaster area.  Outside Fukushima, there’s tremendous pressure to return to the old normal — in spite of the fact that the old  normal was not working out very well.  Inside Read full post


Fukushima (福島) and the Long Reach of Fear

Posted by Bob Stilger on August 20, 2014

Let’s get a more complete view of what’s important. I really want to highlight an excellent piece of work. Please take the time to read this outstanding article if you want to understand radiation and Fukushima: Fukushima and the Long Reach of Fear My friend Tim Connor of Spokane, Washington wrote this piece. Tim and Read full post


Japan’s Edges: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #56 – June 1, 2014

Posted by Bob Stilger on July 10, 2014

I’ve just spent 8 out of the last 10 days in Future Sessions with people from all over Japan — Fukushima, Tokyo, Kyoto, Shikoku, Kyushu.  It’s been an amazing time.  I want to share some of the stories and learning that are brewing in me.  I feel like I am following bread crumbs.  This is Read full post


Resilience and Revival: Bob Stilger’s Posts from Japan #55 – May 14, 2014

Posted by Bob Stilger on May 15, 2014

In April I was one of the keynote speakers for the STIA+ conference in Seattle.  The video of my presentation, at the left, arrived today in time for it to be a present for my 65th birthday!  I’m back in Japan with new learnings, both from visits to communities struck by disaster in the US Read full post


Learning Resilience: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #54, March 14th

Posted by Bob Stilger on March 14, 2014

  I had very interesting night on March 7th! I was asked to speak at TEDxTokyo Teachers on Learning Resilience.  The presentation, itself, was a practice of resilience.  I was going to share when I spoke anyway (and the video later), but decided to share the whole episode. An evening of resilience… There were about Read full post


Fukushima – Happiness at the Center: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #53 – March 2nd

Posted by Bob Stilger on March 2, 2014

A thoughtful weekend… I’ve just returned from a weekend in Fukushima. I was with a small group of social activists. We all knew each other.  We came together to talk about what’s important now, as we prepare for the work of the next  20 or 30 years.  It was a special space.  Quiet, reflective.  We began by spending Read full post


The Unexpected New Fukushima: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #52 – December 21st

Posted by Bob Stilger on December 22, 2013

What an amazing couple of days.  As usual, I didn’t know what was going to happen.  My friend Honda-san had said, let’s go visit the smaller towns nearest the reactors and a woman who has been working with me in many ways, including as a translator, Mame, said she would come too.  We were joined Read full post


1009 Days Since Disaster: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #51 – December 13, 2013

Posted by Bob Stilger on December 13, 2013

I’ve been back in Japan for almost two weeks.  My last trip of the year.  Most of my work this time is learning and planning.  There’s always so much learning to do. Today I’ve been in Fukushima, at the Big Palette, a convention center.  Entering the space was hard on my heart.  I first heard Read full post

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