Disaster Shelter Shizugawa Elementary school

On the evening of March 28, I moved from the Minami Sanriku Bay Side arena disaster refuge center to the nearby Shizugawa elementary school disaster refuge center. From today together with 3 other volunteers, I stayed at the refuge center and helped with the organization of supplies, the serving of meals, and the clean up. I wanted to be there from morning to evening so that I could be a help whenever I was needed. Because the size, appearance, and needs of each refuge center is completely different from each other and sometimes changes, I cannot describe each one briefly. Supplies sent to this area are now relatively sufficient for the needs, but water, electricity and gas is still stopped. In the day time solar panels are used to power the television set for the shelter, and at night a gas powered generator is used. The photo shows the food and miso soup we ate which was extra beyond the needs of the disaster victims. It is pitch dark after sunset. I slept at the gymnasium with 3 other volunteers that I got to know through the Mixi social web site. I was lent a few blankets and was thankful to be able to sleep warmly.

Food served to the disaster victims of the Japan 2011 earthquake

Food served to the disaster victims of the Japan 2011 earthquake.

Takeshi Kondo
Leap High 28 communications director

Translated from Japanese by James Arendt of Begley Productions.

Emergency Supplies Minami Sanriku

The photograph taken on March 26 shows volunteers unloading supplies at the bay side arena shelter of Minami Sanriku in bucket brigade fashion during a snowfall mixed with hail. From today, March 28, together with two other volunteers, I will spend a few days at the bay side arena to continue doing what I can do to help the disaster victims. Fifty doctors from Israel have come to Minami Sanriku town to treat the disaster victims. I am glad to be here to help out even as their interpreter. Yesterday I attended a worship service at the Sendai Hosanna church near the YMCA where I stayed. Due to danger of falling debris from the aftershocks, rather than hold worship service in the main chapel, 30 people packed into a small room in the church. The church will gratefully receive yet 10 more volunteers tomorrow. I was also thankful yesterday afternoon when a person took me to a hot spring. It was great to take a hot bath after 6 cold nights. Another week begins.

Unloading emergency supplies in the snow at Minami Sanriku town in bucket brigade fashion

Unloading emergency supplies in the snow at Minami Sanriku town in bucket brigade fashion

Takeshi Kondo
Leap High 28 communications director

Translated from Japanese by James Arendt of Begley Productions.

Distribution of emergency supplies to a large family in Sendai

On March 26, Charles Begley and James Arendt drove to the city of Sendai to bring supplies to a small Christian community of 6 adults and 7 children. It was a 4 hour drive along the Banetsu and Tohoku expressways and was through Fukushima prefecture. As you see from the map, the Tohoku expressway is about 58 kilometers or 36 miles from the two troubled nuclear power-plants in Fukushima.

Charles’ van was completely filled with supplies, thanks to friends in Niigata and a donation of money from the director of NPO Leap High 28, Yoko Ishikawa. In all they took approximately 80,000 yen or about $1000 US worth of food and goods. This included 105 kg of rice, bags of white radish (daikon), potatoes, carrots, eggplant, onions, noodles, curry and stew ingredients, can goods, 24 packs of nattou, 2 camping stoves, 35 cans of can fuel for the stoves, 90 liters of kerosene for heating, clothes, blankets, and shoes. Most of these items are now hard to find or buy in Sendai, a city of one million people, the largest city of northeast Japan and the closest to the epicenter of the earthquake on March 11th in the Pacific. Some materials like clothes, shoes and blankets were not immediate needs of my friends in Sendai, but items they would distribute to others in need.

The Tayama family was very grateful for the food and the means to cook it. They had no vegetables the past two weeks. Until a few days ago, they had no electricity. They still have no running water or gas.

Charles Begley before van stocked with food and goods for friends in Sendai

Charles Begley before van stocked with food and goods for friends in Sendai

Route from Niigata to Sendai

Route from Niigata to Sendai


Cars lined up to get gas at the Bandaisan service area on the Banetsu expressway in Fukushima

Cars lined up to get gas at the Bandaisan service area on the Banetsu expressway in Fukushima

Happy recipients of goods

Happy recipients of goods




Mrs. Tayama with one of the three 30 kilograms of rice donated by friends in Niigata

Mrs. Tayama with one of the three 30 kilograms of rice donated by friends in Niigata

Charles with the Tayamas

Charles with the Tayamas




Me holding 30 kilos of rice

Charles Begley's partner, James Arendt, holding 30 kilos of rice waiting for Charles to figure out how to use the camera.

The children rejoicing over the box of bread products donated by a bakery in Niigata

The children rejoicing over the box of bread products donated by a bakery in Niigata




The Tayama family with some of the supplies they received.

The Tayama family with some of the supplies they received.


First shipment of supplies on March 26

Emergency supplies to be shipped to:

Aomori prefecture, Aomori city, Ooaza fufukan ooaza yanagi 53-1
Aomori Hamakan Center 010141
Recipient of supplies: ERWIN ORTIZ of Aomori city, Jiyugaoka 1-16-3

Supplies will be shipped to Erwin via Black Cat shipping company on March 26th.
Please continue to support our efforts to bring relief to the earthquake / tsunami victims!

Supplies shipped to the disaster victims

25 kilograms of rice, 200 servings of curry rice, plastic bowls for curry rice, spoons, fukujinzuke (pickled vegetable to add to rice), 200 servings of Japanese soba, soup ingredient, boiled eggs, chopsticks, soba bowls, 5 cases of cup noodles, 25 cans of tuna, water, Japanese green tea, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, a gas canister stove, freeze dried food, beef stew, chocolate, crackers, cakes, and tissue paper.

Goods sent on March 26 to Erwin Ortiz in Aomori

Goods sent on March 26 to Erwin Ortiz in Aomori

Goods sent on March 26 to Erwin Ortiz in Aomori