Apr 21

Help Us Build a Special Playground

A child’s wish to help Japan… See About Us for more details.


Front of Gaman Wristband

We need your help to build this playground.



Jun 05

Andre’s Bench Installation

Here are some photos from the event in Matsunami Park on June 4th, 2016, where Andre’s bench was installed, along with the planting of flowers and trees. The following is a message about the even from Naomi Chiba:

It was a beautiful sunny day. We installed a bench in honor of Andre Lampson who helped make a playground for children possible at Matsunami park, Ishinomaki, after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. He passed away last December at the age of 29. We planted flowers and trees, too. Over seventy people joined us. All was funded by Andre’s friends in the United States. It will be a bridge of the friendship between Japan and the United States, of which Andre dreamed. It was one the best days in my life. Thank you, everyone.


晴天のきれいな日でした。石巻の松並公園に、東日本大震災の後、子供向け遊び場を作ったアンドレ・ランプソンさんを記念してベンチを設置しました。アンド レさんは、29歳で昨年12月にご逝去されました。花や木も植えました。70名以上の方々がご参加くださいました。アンドレさんのお知り合いのアメリカの 方々が、ベンチや花の資金提供してくださいました。アンドレさんの夢だった日米の架け橋の公園になるでしょう。私の人生でも素晴らしい日になりました。み なさん、ありがとうございました

Jun 03

Andre’s Bench Installation and Flower Planting Event


Hi everyone. There is an event scheduled on June 4th, at Matsunami Park in Ishinomaki, Japan, to install a new memorial bench and to plant new flowers and trees. The bench is being installed in memory of Andre Lampson, a volunteer who was important to the success of our Ishinomaki Playground Project, and who passed away last December.

For those of you who are in the area and would like to attend, here is the event information:

10:00 AM – Installation of Andre’s bench. ベンチ寄贈式
東日本大震災により被災した石巻市松並公園に、アメリカの復興支援団体が子供向けの遊具、芝生、高齢者用の健康遊具を寄贈しました。そのボランティア事業 で活動していたアンドレ・ランプソン氏がご逝去され、そのご尽力を称えベンチを設置し、日米の架け橋になりますように

10:15 AM – Weeding and then planting flowers and trees. 公園の草むしりと、花や木の植栽

12:00 PM – Lunch (bring your lunch if you wish to stay). 昼食(各自持参)
During this time, there will be storytelling about the 3.11 experiences and learning about global issues and how the disaster affected areas around the world (you can leave at any time).
被災地の話や世界各国の事情について学ぶ時間 自由解散

May 22

Japanese Friendship Garden Project Event

Japanese Friendship Garden Project event @ Barnes and Noble Fields Ertel.

There will be a kamishibai (traditional storytelling with pictures) performance of _Mokoka and the Cherry Tree_  written by local author Yukiko Ryburn, origami demonstrations and other activities by the Japanese Culture Club from Lebanon High School, and bonsai display.

Barnes & Noble will be donating a percentage of their sales including online sales, from May 28th -June 1st to those who use our designated voucher. The money raised from this event will help create a Japanese Garden in Miller Ecological Park,which has a friendshiprelationship with Matsunami Park in Ishinomaki, Japan, which was rebuilt in 2014.

All sales from 5/28-6/3 at the Fields Ertel Barnes & Noble, including online sales, with the linked voucher will help make this happen! Anyone anywhere in the world can make a purchase.


Jul 14

Flowers of Friendship

EVENT: Free & Open to Public! Celebration of budding friendship between Miller Ecological Park in Lebanon, OH and Matsunami Park in Ishinomaki, Japan.

WHEN: Sat. Aug. 8th 2015 10am -1pm

WHERE: Miller Ecological Park in Lebanon, OH

ACTIVITIES: Origami, Kamishibai-style story telling of Japanese folk tales, Karate demonstration, Japanese items and snacks for donations.

Mar 01

Documentary Screening: Live Your Dream – The Taylor Anderson Story

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