Temporary Housing Project

Temporary Housing Project

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Two years after the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami, there were still roughly 30,000 people living in temporary housing in Ishinomaki and the surrounding areas. Through relationships and connections with several temporary housing units, ICC is able to regularly visit the local residents with various events and activities. Once a month, ICC helps run a bonsai workshop for temporary housing residents in the temporary housing meeting center. Bonsai is a Japanese art form involving potted miniature trees, and is particularly popular among elderly residents. A bonsai teacher comes to the workshop to teach the local residents how to grow, trim, prune, and maintain bonsai. In addition to the bonsai workshop, depending on the time of the year, there are various crafts, cafes, performances and other events held at the temporary housing meeting centers. These events aim to better foster community and to provide a space for local residents to be active and pursue their various interests.