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03/25/2012

Express thanks to people all over Japan for help; festival in celebration of the resumption of oyster farming

On Saturday the 25th of March, the festival day to celebrate the fresh start of oyster farming has come.

In the aftermath of the disaster the fishery at Sasunohama fishing village was threatened to survive, but thanks to efforts made by a number of volunteers and supportive organizations, its oyster farming was able to be back in activity.

JEN with the cooperation of International Rescue Committee, or IRC launched a survey to research people's needs and has been sponsoring a workshop since this February.

The festival to celebrate the fresh start of oyster farming in Sasunohama fishery village began to take place is all about fishermen's hope that "We want to express tanks to people all over Japan and them to come to have oysters at Sasuhama".

The idea of holding the festival to celebrate the fresh start of oyster farming in Sasunohama fishery village originated fishermen's hope that "We'd like to express thanks to people all over Japan and them to come to Sasunohama and try our oysters".

On that day, their preparations began early in the morning. Volunteers from Mitsui & Co. also cooperated fully on the preparations from cooking to traffic control. So many people gathered in one small fisher village Sasuhama from tourists who come from as far away as Tokyo, Yamanashi and Gifu to local people living in Ishinomaki city. Moreover people who were forced by the tsunami damage to leave Sasuhama returned on that day and had happy reunion.

Piping hot steamed oysters and grilled ones, mussel soup were served to people and they enjoyed them very much.

【Smoking hot steamed oysters】
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【Mussel Soup with a smell of ocean】
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Conversation like "If grilled, oysters become more sweet.", "This is my first taste of oyster though, it's delicious." came out and a cozy atmosphere was created. A fisherman who heard an Enka, Japanese ballad in the back ground said with a laugh to me "Whenever I listen to a fishermen's song, the fisherman in me starts to stir." His remarks was unforgettable.

【Festival to celebrate the fresh start of oyster farming crowded with people】
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By the time the fishery in Ishinomaki becomes lively, JEN will continue its efforts to support the full-scale recovery of fishery in many parts of Ishinomaki.

【The sea of Sasunohama 】
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March 25, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |