Archive for 2012

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

Posted by Bob Stilger 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

Nuturing Innovation

Posted by Bob Stilger 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 Bob Stilger 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

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

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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

Decontaminating Minamisoma: A Community Co-Cleaning Itself –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #39 ~ November 16th

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 16, 2012

Dear Friends, I spent yesterday in the new FutureCenter in Minamisoma, a community 25km south of the reactors in Fukushima that had a population of 70,000 before 3.11.  The FutureCenter is in a former small corner convenience store, started earlier this year by Toda-san who knew the community needed some place to talk about the Read full post

Fukushima: A Community Creates Its Future –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #38 ~ November 13th

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 13, 2012

This past weekend I was one of 350 people at the Fukushima Kaigi in Fukushima City.  I was amazed.  It was a weekend long Community Congress, people from Fukushima as well as other parts of Japan who came together to honestly discuss the current situation and figure out what to do next.  I don’t think Read full post

Fukushima: When The Past Is Gone, The Future MUST Be Created –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #37 ~ October 3rd

Posted by Bob Stilger on October 2, 2012

My attention continues to be drawn to Fukushima. In many ways, Fukushima is invisible, just like the radiation which descended on it on March 11th.  In Japan, my experience has been that people’s eyes just slide over it.  As horrific as the destruction is in Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures which were devastated by the tsunami, Read full post

Fukushima: Beyond Reacting –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #36 ~ October 1st

Posted by Bob Stilger on October 1, 2012

I’ve just spent an incredible day in Fukushima province.  People everywhere are leading the way.  My last of four gatherings was just a little while ago.  I was in Tamura City near Koriyama with a smal group of local people.  One, displaced from a town evacuated near the reactors has found land on which to Read full post

The Forest Can Help Us Find Life Again –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #35 ~ September 28th

Posted by Bob Stilger on September 28, 2012

I met a soul brother of Jim Drescher today.  Jim and Margaret Drescher are stewards of Windhorse Farm in Nova Scotia Canada.  An old growth forest which has given birth to many enterprises that nurture the earth.  They know the forest gives life.  I met Masahiko Haga today.  He knows the forest gives life.  And Read full post