April 18, 2010

 Mapo Youth Culture Center

20100417_MYCC.JPG Yesterday we did the first activity of Pangaea in a youth center which had just opened in March in Mapo, Seoul. We expected 25 people, but 80 people gathered there.
Sophia from MIZY center acted as FL, and she was joined by 7 newly trained people. We had a great fun in the activity.
Especially Sophia's leadership was very successful in circle time. When I saw that the circle time was carried on with everyone communication with each other, I realized that Pangaea had been developing apart from the headquarters in Japan.
There were several children who were interested in learning Japanese. They spoke to us "Hello (Konnichiwa)" in Japanese. On a map which 5th grade student loved(='I Love Map'), a book was drawn and some Japanese characters (A, I, U, E, O etc.) were written on it.
On a fist day, as always, a new FL feels exhausted after an activity because they get so exited and haven’t gotten used to it, but it is a satisfactory tiredness.

Posted by: yumi | 8. General | Permalink

April 05, 2010

 April 2010 Newsletter: Yumi's Monthly Note

Hello, everyone!

A series of facilitator training sessions were held here, in Kyoto, this month. We had about 22 new facilitators from various universities in Kyoto attend. Also, we had a woman from Guam visit Kyoto hoping to become an intern at Pangaea HQ. She will be coming to Japan to study Japanese in April while she interns with us. It is nice to see someone so full of enthusiasm joining our team.

Mapo Youth Culture Center, in Seoul, will kick off their Pangaea program in mid-April. Toshi and I will

go there for the opening ceremony and kick-off the activity. Thanks to Sophia, who believed that the program is good and spent time promoting Pangaea in Korea, we will be getting started there soon.

"Language Grid Toolbox", the Language Grid spin-off project, had a Press gathering at 'COCON KARASUMA', in the beginning of this month. We presented our project, utilizing "Toolbox" and facilitator training. There were two TV stations and many newspaper companies that attended. The Langrid project is truly amazing, as it almost completed the fourth year of research and development at NICT, operated by Kyoto University. Things are now ready to unfold, and we see great possibilities in our activities by utilizing this system. I think they are an example of Peace Engineering, too.

The February Webcam activity between UNIMAS, Malaysia and Mie University, was on the Sunday newspaper in Malaysia, and NHK broadcast it in Japan. The Borneo Post has written us up in their article, "Giving Peace a Chance". The word is spreading.

I introduce Mr. Daijiro Homma, the president of HONEST CO.,LTD. as the Pangaea Ring Writer for this month. He mentions importance to connect people via Pangaea by referring to his childhood experiences.


Posted by: kumakinoko | 3. Newsletter | Permalink

 April 2010 Newsletter: Pangaea ring - Mr. Daijiro Homma

We introduce Mr. Daijiro Homma, the president of HONEST CO.,LTD. as the Pangaea Ring Writer for this month. He mentions importance to connect people via Pangaea by referring to his childhood experiences.

Hello everybody.

I am Daijiro Homma. It's my first time to post my message on Pangaea Ring. HONEST CO.,LTD. the company where I work at the moment, provides the industries such as health, agriculture and entertainment with the computer technology services.

I first came to know Pangaea through Mr. Takasaki, Vice President of Pangaea. First of all, the name of the organization "Pangaea" left a huge impact on me. I was deeply touched by the sincerest passion that Ms. Mori, President and Mr. Takasaki, Vice President revealed through naming the organization "Pangaea" and I found it a truly beautiful name. Adding to that, I was very much impressed by its mission as well as its activities. It comes from the memories of the experiences that I had during my own childhood which drew out these feelings of mine toward Pangaea.

I spent 6 years, from 3 years old to 9 years old, living in Brazil and in the United States. As you probably know, Brazil and the United States are made up of multiethnic immigrants mainly from Europe. People who live in those countries have different cultural backgrounds and customs. I myself was raised in an environment where our family was the only "Japanese" there.
(Back in those days, in general, it was not easy for the Japanese to go overseas unless as immigrants.)

As a child, I was somewhat aware of my identity as Japanese, but the people around me were not really "foreigners" to me, then. I still hold this sense of feeling as I live my life to this date. As an adult, I am able to associate with people regardless of their nationality or ethnicity. I am truly grateful for my parents for having given me the opportunity to live in such an environment in the early stage of my life.

I do believe that Pangaea's goal is to provide, through their programs, many children with the opportunities just like the ones that I had in my childhood and let them have the similar feelings, which would allow them to grow up as those who can be naturally connected with the people around the world.

I also believe that the world peace will be achievable when the number of such people increases and they become the leaders of this world.
I hold up a hope for Pangaea's future course.

Daijiro Homma
Representative Director

Posted by: kumakinoko | 3. Newsletter , 4. Pangaea Ring | Permalink