NYN Summit Japan 2011 Report
On October 29th, we had our second NYN Summit Japan, an event that was started to make a space in the world to present and explore new ideas of young, multicultural and innovative people who have a strong connection to Japan or Japanese culture.
This year, we focused on 3 things
1. Give our annual report on the activities and achievements of NYN during 2010-11
2. Presenting our plans for 2012: The Hana.bi Project
Hana.bi will be the main project of NYN from next year, where we will create a virtual space for Nikkei voices around the world, video interview, and featured articles to share and communicate multicultural solutions to world problems.
In short: Japan+Me = Wow ideas
3. Jay Horinouchi, a student volunteer leader in Tohoku, presenting the volunteer activities, and the new J Project which will be launched next year to transform the “Support to Tohoku” into “Business and livelihood development to Tohoku”.
and also an extra activity
Jay coordinated a hand-on workshop to make a Tairyobata (大漁旗）which is literally a good luck charm flag which are made for the fishermen to have a good catch. These flags have become symbolic to the fishermen in Tohoku portraying their strength to defy odds and work together to reconstruct their communities. That is why we chose to make a flag together to give as a present to the fihermen’s families who are providing their house for the volunteers when they go to Kesennuma.
Thank you, arigato, and gambattso!
We would really like to thank all the attendees who came to the Summit or attended online through our Ustream channel. It was very motivational for us too to have seen many of the volunteers who we met in Ishinomaki and Kesennuma, to be present as well, and to have taken the Tairyobata the next few days to the Kesennuma.