Fukushima update from Kyoto’s eyes

Fukushima update from Kyoto’s eyes

In Fukushima, workers in protective gear plant rice to moniter the uptake of nucleoids in contaminated soil….  After realigning the energy production of Japan to include almost no nuclear production over the last year in response to public concern of the tragedy at the Daiichi Nuclear Complex in Fukushima, plants at the highest concentration of […]

A time to reflect

June 11th to 24th at Ryukoku University in South Kyoto there will be a gallery display of photographs taken after the Great Eastern Japanese Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11th 2011. This is a good chance to remember and reflect upon the enourmity of the disaster, the staggering loss of life and property, and […]

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 […]

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