Good News!

Good News!

  Sorry for the the long silence….  what a year it has been! Now a  little good news 😉   Pictured is the new Kozmzo Kansai Distribution Center! I know I often whine here about societal needs and the gross level of public apathy that has gotten us where we are but…

Meet Derek

Meet Derek Macatantan, one of the many people that enable Kozmoz to offer social services to thousands of disadvantaged individuals and families in the Kansai region. Derek has been volunteering weekly at our activity center in Fushimi Ward in South Kyoto for over a year now. Derek does many things including teaching english to children, […]


The other morning I found this note in the Kozmoz mailbox along with a 200 yen donation.  For those that dont read Japanese the note says…  "I receive public assistance. My rent sucks up most of my welfare allowance and the only way I could ever eat a pastry is to take something out of […]

Hope began and ends here in Kamagaseki

Today was our weekly trip taking aid of foodstocks to the Kamagaseki district in Nishinari Ku of Osaka. With its aptly named Ginza street (named after the elite district of Tokyo), it has been the source and bust of dreams for years in Western Japan. It is also often a shock for new middle class […]

Strawberries for orphans

"Orphans in Kyoto"?? That was the question from our new driver at the food bank in Kansai this week. He was amazed to find that there are so many orphanages, that it takes 4 days a week for our foodbank delivery van to stop by just the ones in Kyoto, Takatsuki, and Ibaraki. We have […]

A Cold Night in Tennoji with the Batman

Tennoji station is the largest hub station in south Osaka and home to one of the largest homeless populations in the nation of Japan. It is also the haunt of a man that we call The Batman that helps provide for the local residents with no roof to call their own. We call him The […]

Kozmoz Kansai Food Bank

Meet Kunihisa and Keiko, helpers at the Kozmoz Kansai Food Bank Pantry. Food banking didn't exist Japan when Kozmoz came here 17 years ago, and it is still in it's infancy. However with the help of concerned citizens like these and the many others that help, foodbanking and food pantries are becoming a reality. Now […]

Everyday people making a difference

These nice folks to the left are from Icchukai (which roughly means "we are all one ) a group in Kyoto that practices Japanese Tea Ceremony or Sado, the way of tea. They come from an amazing variety of backgrounds but they all share a love of the inspiration that comes from practicing their craft […]

The ultimate seat of power

Buy Nothing Day is held each year on the 24th of November in which people from around the world agree to buy nothing for 24 hours. Why? in order to remind the architects of the economies around the world just who it is that provides the funds to fuel their grand economic plans. That would […]

No, we did not forget

We have had a lot of news regarding the tragedy in N.E. Japan so we wanted to let everyone know tha  in all of our zeal to help the survivors, we have not forgetten the underprivileged here in Kansai and the other places about the world that Kozmoz provides, support, relief, and aid to the […]

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