Invitation to the most memorable trip to Japan in 2015 (update Dec.2014) | Koichi Kobayashi –

You are invited to join a select group of people to participate in building a memorial Japanese Garden to commemorate victims of the March 11, 2011 tsunami / earthquake in Tohoku, Japan. This garden building project is organized by Japanese Garden Association as a 5 year program. You will receive training from traditional Japanese gardeners who supervise building and will meet young gardeners from all around Japan as well.

 After garden building, we will visit gardens and temples of World Heritage designation,  coastal cities undergoing recovery and a coastline area which is designated as a new National Park. Travel will start from Seattle on October 8 through 22 ending in Tokyo.  Optional travel goes to Kyoto/Osaka.

There are many of you who have benefited overtime from being associated with Japan or apprenticed and studied in Japan, yet some of you including myself,  do not know how to assist Tohoku, Japan in their recovery  in some meaningful and constructive way.

There is a unique opportunity to assist in building a Japanese Garden near Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. This garden, when completed, will be a memorial and prayer for victims of disaster and commemorate their efforts in recovery and future development.

Design and building of this garden is organized by the Sendai Chapter of the Japanese Garden Society. It is being built on a five year program with a completion date set at 2019 to coincide with the Society’s 100 year anniversary.

 This is an excellent opportunity for those thinking and pondering how best to participate in recovery in Tohoku. You could attempt to do that in signing up  for a work study and volunteer program being developed by Koichi Kobayashi with an assistance from Japanese Garden Society and NAJGA.

 With this program, participants will engage in assisting building a commemorative Japanese garden under Japanese expert’s supervision, visiting and learning conditions and people of cities devastated.

 This is the base program for thirteen days. There could be an optional tour to Kyoto, for five days. Program start will start on October 8, 2015 in Sendai with October 8 departure from Seattle. Cost will be around $4,800.

If you are interested in joining, please send your name, address, email, work place, profession etc. to Koichi Kobayashi. Ph. 206- 2869644