2018-11-24   “Arigato” Host Town – cross cultural event

On 24th November, the cross-crultural event titled “Let’s learn and experience The Netherlands” was held at Oranda Jima House.

This event was organized by Yamada Machi city hall and from Tokyo, members from Japan Netherlands Society, ladies from De Liefede Club, and OJF members visited the House to join.

Proramme was started with learning – starting from the location of the Nethelands, old costume, main indutries etc.
During the first part, Makoto Harada from Oranda Jima Foundation (OJF) made brief explanation of who we are and why we are here.
Wolter Vennhoven from OJF gave Dutch greeting lesson, such as “goe de morgen”, “dank u wel”, “tot ziens”.
Children repeated shyly after Wolter and Anna-Maria’s presentation.

Chilren also tried to wear Dutch Wooden Shoes – seems difficult to walk !
Then we planted 600 tulip bulbs around House.


One of the main activity of this event is playing “Sjoelen” – Dutch origin known as Dutch Shuffleboard or Sjoelen.
For those who do not know about Sjoelen, Sjoelen consists of each player being given three chances to slide the disks (made of wood) along the lonw two meter table in an attempt to get them through 4 arches at the other end.  And compete the score.  It comes into family get-togethers where it can be enjoyed by anyone from little children to grown ups – as you can see!

Since Sjoelen is such a big (2 meter long) game, it was not easy to ship them from the Netherlands.  Then we obtained the design drawings from Jos van Ruyven (ex Representative Director returned to NL few years ago), and Sasaki-Gumi in Yamada Machi (who was constructing the Oranda Jima House) made two beautiful Sjoelbak.


During the Lunch time, children tried to slice the big Gouda Cheese, and they all enjoyed fresh taste of thin sliced Gouda Cheese – some boy claimed that he does not like Cheese, but after tasting the Gouda Cheese, he said “I like this one !!” – so it was ended with big smile.

2018-08-10   “Arigato” Host Town for Supporting Reconstruction.

On 27th July 2018, the website of “Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet” announced that Yamada Machi is registered as “Arigato” host town for supporting reconstrution for the Netherlands.

Following is about the promotion of “Arigato” Host Town mentioned in their website.

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.

Oranda Jima House, and the relationship Yamada Machi has with the Netherlands been mentioned in their application.

You can read more in the following 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.



2018-04-14  Let’s Cling Together 2018

The annual Live event of “Let’s Cling Together” 2018 was held in Roppongi.    Since 2011 May, these members are holding the Live Event named “Let’s Cling Together” and every time they are telling the audience the status quo of Yamada Machi.  This is backed with their strong mind and spirit of “not forget what happened in 2011” .  We thank you for all members and audience for this event, and thank you all for donation you made for us.

We hope one day you will play at Oranda Jima House !



2018-03-10  Memorial Service at Yamada Bay beach

7 years have already passed after the tragedy.  Children gathered at Yamada Bay beach made lanterns with their words on it.  Then they drew the word of “ARIGATO” meaning “Thank You” on the beach with their lanterns.


City is building the high wall along the coast and children are drawing paints on the wall.

Small children are enjoying ping-pong, while being observed by mothers and care-takers  😛


When the photo taken, only few children were there, but the numbers of cups and toothbrushes show many children are using the Orandajima House.


2017-03-11  Let’s Cling Together 2017

DSM Japan employees with their customers held the music live at “Bow House” Roppongi, Tokyo.  This becomes the annual event, and everytime they hold this music live event, musicians are asking donation to the auience.

As this year, the event fell on the exact date which the big earthquake hit, the talk from the musicians, who made visit to Oranda-Jima House in June 2016, refreshed the audience of that Day – this event becomes it’s one of the aim of “not to forget” what had happened, and “knowing” prople are still struggling to recover in those areas.

2017-03-10  Thank you, Mr Dick Bruna

On February 16th, Dutch artist/illustrator, Mr Dick Bruna passed away in Utrecht, the Netherlands.  Mr Dick Bruna created Miffy (Nijntje) which has been loved globally.   Miffy is also been appeared as logo of Oranda Jima House.  At the Oranda Jima House, Children using the Oranda Jima House wrote message to Mr Bruna, and held the “Dick Bruna Corner – the smallest exhibition in Japan” to show thier big thanks to Mr Bruna with greatful heart.


2016-06-11  Open House at Oranda Jima House

It’s already two years passed after we donated the Oranda Jima House to Yamada-Machi.   Time flies..    After a long interval, members of the Oranda Jima Foundation decided to make visit to Oranda Jima House with Supporters.    Yamada Machi ward office supported the Open Hosue of this event.   When we got to the House, many more children compared to the starting time were welcoming us together with the supporters in the neighbourhood.    With their lively welcoming, we were all extremely grateful.
People from Rational – they donated cocking oven to the House, Oyster fisherman in the neighbourhood supported this event as well, and children prepared very delicious seafoodo pizza with their help.  After enjoying good food, children showed their powerful dancing with “SORAN-BUSHI”, the most popular traditional fisherman’s song.
The time at the House passed so quickly, and we jumped to the bus heading back to Morioka to catch the train to Tokyo.   We promised to visit and meet them again.

2014-05-24   Oranda Jima House – Opening Ceremony

The Inauguration Ceremony of the Oranda Jima House was held with the honor of the presence of Mr Shin-Itsu Sato, the mayor of Yamadamachi and Ms Nienke Trooster, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, the Netherlands Embassy in Japan, as well as the sponsors and neighbours.
Following the Inauguration Ceremony, the presentation of the Oranda Jima House from Orandajima Foundation to Yamada Machi was held – with big Key !
Planting the Elm Tree in the atrium, and cherry blossom in front of the house, and flowers to the garden with children were taken place.
This is the first time for the supporters to see inside the house, and people were very much impressed with the well-thought design of the House.


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