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Slowly but Surely, ©TORIYAMA Yoshiki

(G C F C)

Our keyword is not a word. It’s more like something warm.

Our keyword is not a word. It’s more like something fun.

We were born in different islands.

We didn’t know each other.

But we just laugh together now,

as if we’ve been friends.

(C D Bm7 Em)

Slowly but just surely, we got closer. We got closer.

It was slowly but just surely, we got closer. We got closer.

Our keyword is not a word. It’s more like something warm.

Our keyword is not a word. It’s more like something fun.

(Em A Bm7 C/D A Bm7 C)

Cherish what you have. 今あるものを大切に。

Cherish what you have. Chothowliy ea Nam Rom(ツソーリ ア ノム ロム)

Slowly but just surely, we got closer. We got closer.

It was slowly but just surely, we got closer. We got closer.

Messages from host families 新潟のホストファミリーから 

“Only for one day, but I enjoyed precious time with my wonderful son.” (from a host mother)

  • We are collecting surveys from host families in Niigata.
  • Karate/Judo, Kimono dressing, Candles in snow hole,
  • Walking along Bokushi-street, Shopping, cooking Gyoza, Shabu-Shabu…
  • Play with Host Sisters/Brothers, Challenge Skiing,
  • Sit tight on massage chair, Talking about their villages,
  • Talking about their Futures…

Some mothers felt nervous about their kid’s health because some of them did not use tick “Futon”.

We wonder what they thought in the plane leaving Narita Airport.

Also, there were many surveys saying 1 day trip was too short. Cooperation between host families or schedule improvement would make next program better. We will make these voices as reflection and try to make better program.

130410南魚沼アンケート「たった1日 すてきな息子ができて、幸せなひとときでした」(あるホストマザーより)


  • 空手・柔道体験、着物着付、雪灯籠づくり、牧之通り散策、ショッピング、餃子づくり、しゃぶしゃぶ、、、
  • いろいろな場所へ行き、いろいろな物を食べ、ホストシスター・ブラザーと遊んだり、
  • スキーにチャレンジしたり、マッサージ機にはまったり、
  • 自分の村のことや将来の夢を語ったり、
  • 時には布団をかけずに寝てお母さんを心配させたり。




Post program meeting 日本側スタッフの打ち上げ

post program meetingHaving volunteers, the post program meeting was held in Tokyo, remembering rich memories of the days with students from Yap. We are still feeling that the Yapese are still next to us.

We are to start to make the activity report.

ヤップの若者たちを受け入れたボランティアの若者たちが、ふり返りと打ち上げの集まり。まるですぐそばにいまも彼らがすぐそばにいるように思う。 今から報告書作成に取りかかります。

Departure, ヤップの若者たち、帰国の途に。

After spending 10 nights in Japan, students are now on the way back to Yap.

Students left Tokyo at 7:20 a.m. by a bus and checked in at Narita International airport around 9:00. After spending final time with Japanese volunteers, they went through security check gate. They will arrive at Yap in the very late night with long connection hours in Guam. Hope they have a safe fright back home…

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“Slowly but surely..” a song by Toriyama

At the end of the farewell party, TORIYAMA Yoshiki, a volunteer once visited Yap, sang a song written by himself. He was inspired by many words spoken by Yapese youth in the program. The phrase, “slowly but surely,” is also from a Yapese participant.

フェアウェルパーティの後、過去のプログラムでヤップ島にも滞在したことがある鳥山さんが、今回の滞在に同行しながら作成した歌を披露しました。ヤップの若者たちの言葉をちりばめた素敵な歌でした。タイトルになった「slowly but surely」も、参加者の一人の言葉だそうです。

Presentation and Farewell, March 29th 報告会とパーティ

(by Sakane Natsumi) Today we would have a presentation and a farewell party.
In the morning, students in three groups resumed their work to prepare for the presentation from 9 o’clock.
Yesterday we mainly discussed what the Yapese kids had learned through the program, and at the night, we started to think about what society they want to be in the future. Today, we worked out ideas on poster-pape. They looked very fun to write their posters.

At 11:30, we went to the Micronesian Embassy.
The building is not so big. However, all stuff members in the embassy including the ambassador welcomed us with a big heart. Although, the time was short but we really had a good time.
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During the going and returning, there were a lot of cherry blossoms along the streets. We walked beneath a blizzard of falling cherry blossoms. The children were so lucky that they could see both cherry blossoms and snow during the one stay in Japan. When we went back to the hotel at 2:00, some resumed their work, others enjoyed their free time and the others took a nap until 4:30. Then we moved to Tokyo Science University which was today’s venue.

The presentation session started at 6:00.
MC was Christopher. Although it was his first time to do MC but he did very well. Kammagar Christopher!
All the kids made really nice presentations and declarations. I hope this presentation will help them think more about their future and make better tomorrow.

After the session, the next was a farewell party.
Many people including the sponsors and the host families came to have a fun with us chatting, having a dinner and sharing their experiences.
After a small chat, each student expressed their experiences and their feelings. Then Ms.Inaba taught and had these kids experience the tea ceremony. After the tea ceremony, kids sang songs. The time was limited but people seemed to enjoy their time in a warm atmosphere.

The end of the party, we made a surprise for Ms.Takano. Actually, the next day was Ms.Takako’s birthday! We gave her a message card, singed wood-board and a cake.
By coincidence, the first day of this program is Mr.Ohmae’s birthday and the last day is Ms.Takano’s birthday.
Not only for Yapese kids but also for the stuff members, this program was meaningful. I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Ms.Takano and Mr.Ohmae for all the work they had done.

Because of the time pressures, we took a group photo outside and finally Yoshiki sang a song with his gutter. He made the song named “slowly but surely”. The song was really nice and the audiences’ spirits pick up!

After the party, we had the last reflection meeting at the hotel.








時間がおしてしまったので、外で記念写真と鳥山さんのライブ。彼は今回、ずっとプログラム中スタッフとして同行しており、この経験で感じたことをかいた「slowly but surely」という曲を28日に作詞作曲。大いに盛り上がりました。

そんなこんなでホテルに帰ったあと、最後の簡単な振り返りミーティング。今日の報告担当 坂根菜摘

Students are busy for the presentation. 報告会の準備で大忙し。

From the morning, students are quite busy for the preparation for the presentation session in the evening. Each of 3 groups discussed until late last night and they decided what they present today. This morning they stared to make big charts and drawings with colorful designs.

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The presentation will be started from 6:00 p.m. and if condition allows, ECOPLUS will provide live streaming from following URL.



Discussion session continues, 議論継続中

The day 9th is a discussion day. In the morning, A guest lecturer specialized in marine resource provided a case report on corals in Okinawa area heavily damaged by developments.

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Spending lunch time in parks close to the hostel, students enjoyed warm spring breeze together with cheery blossoms, students started the final discussion session; to talk about what they learned, acquired, and thought in past 8 days in Japan.

Spread into three groups, they talked enthusiastically about environment, trash, food, climate, water, life style and others. The conversation continued after dinner time till very late. Only two more nights left in Japan…..


Cultural day, March 27th, 3月27日禅寺とラーメン

(by Sakane Natsumi)
Today was the last day in Niigata.
Last night Yapese kids and young staff members had a great meeting until late at night.
However, especially group C members (we divided into three groups and made dishes or washed the dishes in turn) got up early and started to make breakfast.
After the breakfast, we cleaned all the rooms, toilets and corridors.
During the cleaning, some host families came to say good-by to their “kids”.
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We left the accommodation at 9:30 and went to the Ryutaku temple.
The monk taught us three important things: maintaining the fine posture, catching your breath, living in peace and harmony. Then we had an experience of ” Zazen”, it is a kind of meditation. What we had to do was simple but it was difficult. To make good posture, concentrate on breathing and count the number.
For lunch, we ate chinese noodles which are called “Ramen “, then took a little walk and went to Takano-san’s parents’ home. They welcomed us kindly and served us extremely good water and snacks.
At 2:30, got into the bus and left Niigata. It took 3 and a half hours to get to Tokyo.
For dinner, we separeted into three groups, which I mentioned above, and went to restaurants (two groups went to Japanese-style food restaurants and the other went to Gyudon-shop which serves beef on rice)
Humm…..what I want to say the most is I am really tired but had a great time in Niigata!
Kids’ faces are now totally different from what those were before we went to Niigata, they looks more cheerful, relaxed, satisfied. I hope they learned something from visit in Niigata and will apply the learning to their own lives when they go back to Yap.
 まずはじめに 和尚さんから3つの大切なことを教わります。姿勢を整えること、呼吸を整えること、そして心を整えること。その後、お経があった後、いよいよ座禅に入ります。
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 その後少し散歩がてら牧之通りを歩き、高田屋さんで古い建造物や品物を見せてもらい、最後になんと高野さんのご実家にお邪魔させていただきました短い時間でしたが、ご両親は大変あたたかく向かい入れてくださって、非常においしい井戸水やお菓子を くださいました。
 ふぅ、、、とにかく新潟への旅はかなり疲れて、いまいち頭も働いていませんが、新潟の皆さんには本当によくしていただいて、非常に充実した4日間でした。子供たちが少しでも多くのことを今回の新潟への旅で学んでいることを望んでいます。ではでは、これでようやく私も寝れます。おやすみなさい。    坂根菜摘