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Tondo Matsuri

Around mid-January, there are bonfire festivals, or tondo matsuri, all over Japan. Our local community in Fukuda celebrated tondo matsuri last week. As a foreigner, this was my first time experiencing this festival and it was quite fun! We burned last year's New Years decorations in the fire as well as kakizome, or calligraphy that expresses our hopes for the new year. We then cooked mochi in the ashes of the fire and ended the day with a New Years party at the local community center.

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Support PCV in the New Year!

18893457_1519963371408405_2819983399125085110_n_12.01.07_PM_2.jpgI'm writing to ask that consider supporting Peace Culture Village (PCV), a non profit organization, PEAC Institute campus, international eco-village, organic farm, and peace training camp that my coworkers and I started this year. Our goal is to become a village of people from all over the world intentionally exploring the philosophy, attitudes, methods and technologies of sustainable peace. Everyone who lives with us brings new problems and solutions. Our task is "pulling the 'peaces' together." For more specific information about what we do, please visit our website

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PCV Holiday Party

On Sunday, over 50 people gathered at Joge North Elementary School for the Peace Culture Village Christmas Party. We learned about Christmas, played Christmas-themed games using English, sang Christmas carols, and event met Santa during our gift exchange! 

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Winter Wonderland

Winter is upon us at Peace Culture Village. We put on our snow tires just in time for the snow and sleet. Although winter is my least favorite season (fewer people around, less work to do outside, etc), the scenery so beautiful in Konu at this time of year. I can't help but be captured by it. 

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Halloween Party

On October 31, 24 people from Konu, Joge, Shobara, and Miyoshi gathered at the Konu Community Center to attend the PCV Halloween Party!

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Rice Planting and Harvest

21752403_1647485845322823_3628829529756358520_n_thumb.jpgApologies - it has been such a long time since I updated this blog! This summer was absolutely crazy, in the best possible way. We had seven guests stay for periods of up to or over a month, which means we were able to accomplish a lot! Our chicks grew into chickens, we expanded the chicken house, renovated our men's dormitory, cleaned the kura, and transformed one of our sheds into a cafe space. We also facilitated two fantastic camps for youth from Japan and Germany with the Hanover YMCA and Fukuyama YMCA, as well as an American Summer Camp English party for local elementary school students! 

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Peace Boat Friends

This week, 10 amazing men and women who just returned from a voyage on the Peace Boat traveled from all over Japan to visit Peace Culture Village. They helped us clean our new campus building, made delicious meals, crafted "peace pencils" using cherry blossom wood, and played music with ukelele, harmonica, and beautiful voices! 

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Baby Chicks

From February to May, Bei, Ryo, and Steve worked hard to construct a chicken house for our new baby chicks to live in. The chicks arrived on May 10th and they are adorable! 

Bei makes her own chicken feed out of rice flour, rice bran, rice husk, rice husk charcoal, soy pulp, and fish among other ingredients. We also feed the chicks worms when we find them in the fields and gardens.

Check out the video below for footage of the construction process as well as the cute baby chicks.

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Mountain Vegetable Barbecue

This week, Steve, Ryo, and Mary attended a mountain vegetable barbecue in Joge. A good friend of the Peace Culture Village, Mizukami-san, is a sort of expert on mountain vegetables. As a hobby, he searches for wild vegetables, or plants his own mountain veggies, and harvests them to eat. Once every couple of months or so, he invites the locals to his home to eat these yummy seasonal treats. 

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Songs in English: "Take It Easy"

IMG_4948.jpgYesterday, Peace Culture Village held its first Songs in English class at Hotta Ringyo in Joge Town. This new class, co-taught by Steve and Mary, teaches English through English songs and will occur once per month. This month, 10 people learned the song "Take It Easy" by The Eagles.

First, we read through copies of both English and Japanese lyrics. We then took the song verse by verse, focusing on pronunciation; English slang, idioms, and metaphors; and overall song meaning. Throughout the evening, we practiced singing "Take It Easy" with a live band! 

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