Oranda-jima Foundation supports people and children in
Yamada-Machi, Iwate Prefecture,
one of the major Tsunami striken area.


In 1643, Dutch ship “Breskens” during her journey in the Pacific Ocean, the ship drifted to the Yamada Bay. The fishermen at Yamada Bay had compassion to show their hospitality to them.

Learning the tragic situation with the Tsunami on March 11, , 2011, Dutch companies in Japan and other Dutch related organization showed strong intention to support Yamada-Machi for it’s revive and reconstruction. After more than 360 years of the hospitality shown to the Dutch people on Breskens, we will return the gratitude to the people and children in Yamada-machi.


Latest News

July 2018

Yamada Machi is registered as one of “Arigato” Host Town for
Supporting Reconstruction.

The Secretariat of the Headquarters for the Promotion of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Cabinet Secretariat established new type of host town in the three disaster-stricken prefectures (Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima) September 2017.   The Secretariat designates local governments attemptingto realize exchange of residents while showing its recovery to the countries/regions abroad that have supported them as “Arigato”Host Town for Supporting Reconstruction,and fully supports the exchanges towards 2020.  (Source: Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet)
The application Yamada Machi aiming to deepen the relationship with the Netherlands is accepted.

Please refer to the website of “Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet”.

“Host Town Initiative”

“Arigato”Host Town for Supporting Reconstruction

List Showing Yamada Machi (Japanese only)

We hope this will strengthen the relationship between the Netherlands and Yamada Machi, further.