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Posts in the Resilient Japan Blog Category


Cleaning Up Fukushima — Inch by Inch: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #49

Posted by bobstilger on September 29, 2013

This afternoon I stood on the seawall five miles north of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants.  A lovely fall day.  I began a loving kindness meditation:  may I be filled with loving-kindness; may I be well; may I be peaceful and at ease; may I be happy. The words came easily to heartmind, but my Read full post


Inside Fukushima: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #48

Posted by bobstilger on September 28, 2013

I’m back in Fukushima.  It is always good to be here.  The people — those who are committed to making their future here are amazing in their determination and common sense.  I’m here for three days for the third Fukushima Kaigi — a Citizen’s Community Congress of people for across Fukushima as well as other Read full post


Otsuchi Flowers Rebuild Community: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #47 ~ March 15th

Posted by bobstilger on March 15, 2013

It takes about 7 hours to get to Otsuchi in Iwate Province to the north of Toky-. Four hours by high speed train, two hours by low-speed train, and about an hour by car. We went there yesterday for a FutureSession. Otsuchi is a costal town that had a population of about 17,000 before 3.11.11. Read full post


World Cafe – Transition Towns in Japan: Bob Stilger's Notes from Japan #46 ~ March 13th

Posted by bobstilger on March 13, 2013

Okay, I have to begin this blog telling you about a new methodology we’ve just developed in Japan.  We call it World Carfe.  Here’s the story.  We’re sitting at dinner in an onsen near Renshoan after a day of talking about how we might bring some of the learning from Transition Towns in Japan in Read full post


Getting to a new WE: Beyond the Categories– Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #45 ~ March 7th

Posted by bobstilger on March 7, 2013

I didn’t expect to be writing so soon again, but there’s a story that needs to be told.  Today I was at a forum organized by ETIC and the Learning Institute at Fuji Xerox.  The forum brought together a cross-section of 50 or so people from business and the nonprofit sector to talk with each Read full post


Old Normal?? – Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #44 ~ March 6th

Posted by bobstilger on March 6, 2013

I’ve been back in Japan for a couple of weeks, supporting our new Tohoku Futures Network.  It’s been nearly three months since my last report.  Time spent resting, thinking, and working to see next steps.  This year some of what I need to do is sensing some of the underlying patterns, trends and guideposts which Read full post


The Kamaishi Miracle– Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #43 ~ December 10th

Posted by bobstilger on December 9, 2012

You’ll find a lot of references if you Google “The Kamaishi Miracle,” so I’ll keep this really short.  It’s just an important story to remember. Kamaishi is a costal town in Iwate Prefecture.  The most northern province affected by last year’s triple disaster.  Fewer school children died there than in other coastal towns. Why? The Read full post


Hospicing Stories of Fear, Midwiving Stories of Possibility — Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #42 ~ December 9th

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Dear Friends, Earlier this week I was invited to have dinner with Peach Heart’s founders.  A year ago five young women created Peach Heart because they felt young women in Fukushima needed support in speaking their truths to each other.  There’s so much uncertainty for young women and so hard to share either grief or Read full post


Nurturing Innovation — Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #41 ~ December 2nd

Posted by bobstilger on December 2, 2012

Dear Friends, I’m on my way home to Kyoto for a brief visit before returning for a for five final days of work in Fukushima.  Deep learning continues for me and for all of us as we discover how to support communities in Tohoku in creating a new future. We’ve found the person who will Read full post


Between Stories –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #40 ~ November 24th

Posted by bobstilger on November 24, 2012

I’ve spent the last few days in Iwate Province, the most rural and most northern of the three provinces devastated last year on March 11th.  I’ve been in to coastal communities — Yamada Town and Otsuchi.  Each had a population of around 20,000 before 3.11.  Both were partially destroyed — fishing industry, agriculture, commerce and Read full post

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