On March 15, Peace Culture Village received its NPO certification. We are now officially open for business!
I remember when I first moved to Konu half a year ago being struck by the warmth and hospitality of the local community. There are times when anonymous neighbors leave vegetables, fresh from their farms, in our genkan. Other times, veteran local farmers stop by to advise us or just to chat. Generous with their resources, their feedback and their time, people in Konu have been at the heart of making the PCV vision a reality. Without input and contributions from these countless friends and benefactors, we wouldn't be where we are today. Launching PCV has truly been a community effort.
To mark the occasion and thank our friends and supporters, PCV held an "NPO Celebration Party" on April 23. Over 60 people attended the party on PCV's campus, some coming from as far as Hiroshima, and even Tokyo! A multi-generational crowd enjoyed fruit, finger sandwiches, drinks, and a delicious home-made cheesecake. After a kanpai and self-introductions, Steve, Ryo, and I gave brief reports on PCV's mission, organizational structure, and plans for facilities and English programs. Next was peace-themed music by Ben Trethewey (a singer/songwriter and ALT from the UK), and by Peace Culture Village's band. Finally, Steve and I gave a tour of campus, including our chicken house, greenhouse and hotbeds, and our finished pizza oven!
Check out the video below for footage of the party, including music and tour!