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Recovery work at special sites: Open Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief Activity Report

There are many historic temples and shrines in Noto. The place where the temple priests and their families live is called 'Kuri'. Among the many collapsed houses, some are Kuri. Today, we will show you Open Japan's work at a special religious site.

Disaster relief work includes recovery of cultural assets, many of which bears extremely important religious and regional cultural histories. When Open Japan works on special sites like temples and kuri, they are responsible in recovering items including Buddha statues, mandalas, and esoteric Buddhist iconographic documents called "Shu-E" that depicts structural hierarchy of the vernerables to the deities.

As many objects fall under the category of intangible cultural property, the town's Board of Education also came to check the condition of these items.

The chief priest said he was relieved after being able to remove the important items that have been handed down from generations, most of which are irreplaceable.

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Two stone Buddha statues are still left behind, so the work will continue tomorrow.


If you resonate with our story of resilience from Noto, please pledge your support to Open Japan's disaster relief work.

Visit our Noto Disaster Relief designated page here.

We are also pledging to donate $10 for each order received at  for the months of February, March, April (and extending to May). This is a great opportunity to help rebuilding the earth-quake shattered region while you support our partnering local artisans. Help keep the momentum going!!


Rural Rebuild and Revitalization

We are anticipating a lot of challenge in rebuilding these small towns, while many young people, business owners and craftsmen are already planning to relocate to other cities permanently. This will add to further loss of population and reduction in economic activities in Noto region. There is no quick way to rebuild, and it takes a lot to sustain the effort. So join us, follow this journey of resilient and recovery, even when you don't hear much about the earthquake on the media anymore.

4 ways to support Noto Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief:

  • (1) Make a donation at our GoFundMe page. $1, $5, $10... any amount will be put to good use.

  • (2) Subscribe our blog, Follow our IG. See your Donation at work.

  • (3) Share with more people.

  • (4) Make any purchase at Goenne Japan. We pledge to donate $10 for each purchase you make during Feb, March, April. So while getting beautiful handmade craft goods from Japan you will also be making a donation!

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Open Japan Disaster Relief team at Noto

Open Japan is a Disaster Relief NGO rooted in 1995 Kobe's earthquake and formalized in 2011 after the East Japan Earthquake. Over the years, they have built expertise in disaster relief works and have traveled throughout the country whenever a natural disaster strikes. They work with first responders, Japan National Self-defense Force and municipalities to rescue survivors, search for the missing, to deliver supplies and warm food at shelters, clearing debris of collapse roads and houses etc... They help keep things moving during the most urgent moments after disasters strike. The organization is sustained through individual volunteer help, donations and corporate sponsors. 

If you have any question, insight or idea about this disaster relief initiative, please feel free to contact us!

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