The report about Sado Recuperation The Spring camp in 2013

Mr.Seki Wrote



On March 24, we came to Hetsui recuperation house on Sado Island by boat across the Sea of Japan.


The 20 participants were from Fukushima, Yamagata, Ibaraki, and Gunma.

This time round the ages of the children ranged from toddlers and elementary school age, accompanied by their mothers, to junior high age.  Most of the participants were from other places outside Fukushima.

DSC01865.jpg  In Fukushima Prefecture the local government has been actively campaigning for people to stay put or return to their home ground.  In the other prefectures, the reality of radioactive contamination has become clear, there are also people thinking seriously about recuperation and evacuation.  For that participation from Fukushima was reduced. 


Well, "Hettsui-house" is a traditional folk house built more than 100-years ago, with an old-style kitchen stove called "kamado" which in this region are called "hettsui."  

We spent 13 days living there together.  The work of the Fukushima Support Net Sado staff prepared meals and the participants did all the clean-up work. 

DSC_0514.jpg  It was like a large family of over 30 people and including the staff and volunteers of Sado living in one house.  There is one toilet and one bath, a small kitchen, it was a challenging communal experience for the children.

 Because we don't have sufficient budget for needed repairs the accommodations are yet unfinished.  In such conditions, we began life in the camp accepting the situation as it is and striving to enjoy the inconvenience in a spirit of mutual support.

DSC_0347.jpg This time Mr. Toshihiko Hashimoto, who is an acupuncturist and herbalist, member of the was among the staff.  He has been giving talks, counseling and treatments throughout Japan on diets and herbal remedies for immune system support and natural healing.

 Mr. Hashimoto taught us how to take care of internal organs such as by the method using hot stones, and also did health checks on all members of the group.  In the future will be necessary to include such programs of medical education presenting positive ways to boost the immune system and actively protect oneself from the effects of radiation.

Well, we had a various open classes and experiences at the camp.  For example, making the traditional local doll of Sado called "tsumami-ningyo", dumpling-making, making miso, and panning for gold.


DSC_0397.jpgBut the most popular experience every day was picking and chopping firewood and making a fire for the makiwari bath.
I think this experience with the bath was felt as a meaningful lesson in life.

DSC_0405.jpgThis time many people who catch colds, I felt the difficulty of communal life this time.
On the other hand, elder children eagerly helped take care of small children, or helped them do dishes after meals, naturally bonding like a big family. 

In previous camps, we had meetings to a fixed times in morning and evening and children wrote their own thoughts of the day, but this time we had so many toddlers, the meetings were irregular and informal.

At one such meeting in the evening, people talked about themselves and why they had joined this recuperation program.  One mother described how she felt alone in suffering with her worries about radiation, another had evacuated with her children to Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture from Fukushima, while others described worries about their children's ill-health. 

At this meeting, we heard people speak their true hearts on nuclear power and radiation.

Actually, one of the purposes of this camp is to face the reality of what radioactivity is, and the best ways of learning how to live with it, and accepting people's different responses.   But it will surely take time for such mothers wrestling with such issues in their own hearts to develop the courage and strength to live by their own lights.


Participants returned home after finishing 13 days of the camp on April 5.
In addition, while watching the Island shrink away in the distance, tears came for the pain of allowing children to return to a dark place of radioactivity.

I felt strongly the government should admit the "right of evacuation" for people wishing to move from contamination area and start new life.

Next time we are planning to camp in the summer months.

Planning is ongoing for a four week camp in the summer months.


We will do it, though there are certainly many problems in developing a management structure for this new organization.  How to manage money for the next camp and continue the program is always a pressing concern.  This is my destiny.

We are very thankful for your continuing support for the Sado recuperation camp program.

- Hisao Seki



Ms. Harada wrote (Coordinator):


The 13-day camp ended successfully and without mishap on April 5.

DSC_0334.jpgOnce again we were supported from every region.  We were able to peacefully surround the table with up to 30 participants at once.  In this manner we achieved a "small but pleasant home."
Thank you so very much for supporting us.

This time round, the amount of work was sometimes more than the staff could easily handle by themselves.

But thanks to the cooperation of the mothers who participated with their small children, I think that we had a good and enriching camp program. I felt that we were like one big family, with every adult treating every child as they would their own.

This was now the fifth time that we organized this kind of recuperation camp. However, I am still amazed when I see people who don't know each other previously become one big family in a moment.

In such a camp there are also people who support us from afar in manifold ways.  I feel like these connections transcend time and place.

I feel that the powers of life generate an enormous energy and spirit, which shines brightly on all involved.  With such spirit, I think we can survive anything that comes our way.  I certainly felt so at that moment.
Although there were many bouts of ill health among the participants, the mothers participating were able to share a lot of their wisdom about such things also.

That 's one of the best aspects of recuperation camping.

I think that looking forward, we would like to continue providing such a space, while extending its example not only to Fukushima but to every other region.


However, because Sado is an island, keeping adequate field staffing is always a challenge.

Then again, there's of course also a financial aspect to this problem.  Unfortunately, cooperation from the Japanese Government and Tepco are not forthcoming.

I'm thinking towards the upcoming camp in the summer and have plans to attempt to recruit some staff from the mainland also. 

We will let you know when the details of the next camp are set. 
The summercamp will be held from Saturday, July 27 to Saturday August 24.

Now that another session has finished, we thank everyone concerned with this camp's success for their continuing support, and extend our thanks to all participants for sharing in this special time and place.  - Tomoyo Harada

Fukushima-Sado ’Open-shut hands’ Recuperation Camp 2013 Spring



 Schedule: For 13 days (Sunday, March 24 - Friday, April 5, 2013)
 The place for the camp: "Hettsui house" in Sado Island in Niigata    prefecture
 Number of  Children: 15 children
 Target population: Living in the high contaminated areas (Fakushima, Miyagi, Tochigi,  Ibaraki, Gunma, Chiba)
DSC_0496.jpg  ・Third-grade-elementary to high-shcool age student 
                      (If joining without parents)

          ・Under-third-grade-elementary student to infant (required with parents)

        Possible to enroll whole family  (need to talk)
        To enroll handicaped children, need to talk
       If joining midway or rescheduling on the half camp, parents must arrange or provide transportation  themselves

The fee:  
1,500 Yen /day (including meals, stays, health insurance) ×day
 (If all days attended would be 18,000 Yen.)
Group transportation by bus to/from Fukushima station is included.  
DSC_0494.jpgJoining qualifications
1.A strong desire to join

2. Willing and able to cooperate with other participants
3. Ability to manage themselves.
Camp sponsor : ”Fukushima-Sado ’Open-shut hands’ Recuperation Camp”

 How is the Camp ..?
 The main theme of the camp life
 is to "Learn sustainable living with nature." and cooperate with others.
To share in cooking and cleanup,
 helping with gardening work or hand work,
joining workshop to learn from local people,
 have a workshop for the health and healing sometimes,
 This year we are planing to Miso-making and Kid's Yoga.
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We are going to health check when arrive the camp on the first day by the natural medicine.
 There is a large yard (for playing soccer!)
Children are able to play freely.

We are taking care to provide good meals for the body and heart,
which are also tasty! 
More information will be provided with the application.
About the last summer camp
 → http://saponet.sado.jugem.jp/?eid=15
Transportation schedule:

Sunday, March 24    
                              morning 8:00 Bus departs Fukushima station 
                              for Niigata prefecture
                             12:35  board ferry from port of Niigata
                             15:05 Arrive at Ryotsu port, Sado Island
                              16:00  Arrive at "Hettsui house"

Friday, April 5,
                              morning  8:00 Leave from "Hettsui house" ...  
                              9:15  board ferry from Ryotsu port    
                            11:45  Arrive at Niigata port;  Leave for Fukushima by bus
                            15:00 Arrive at Fukushima Station ... Farewells.

DSC_0364.jpgAbout the personal information.

We are going to take a picture or take a video for the record.
Some of these may be used for our website or pamphlets reporting to our supporters and in the development of future programs.
By joining you agree to this usage.
Private information will be used only as necessary for the activities of the camp and will not open to others.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

DSC_0276.jpgFor the registration of attending the camp,

please contact with 
Mr. Hisao Seki who is a cheef derecor of the camp:

HP http://www.date-satoyama.com

address: 17 Aza Hosokura, Ryozen town ooishi,
Date city, Fukushima, Japan960-0804  http://www.date-satoyama.com/index.html 
TEL:  011-81-24-587-1032
Cell:  011-81-80-5227-2110
FAX: 024-587-1082
For information regarding the schedule or accommodations:
Ms. Masayo Harada

  Fukushima support net SadoDSC_0459.jpg
Address: 256 Yahata town, Sado city, Niigata, Japan 952-1313
TEL: 011-90-6625-4022
FAX: 0259-63-3848 
e-mail: saponet.sado@gmail.com 





Donations to support the Sedo Island Recuperation - Japan

Donations to support the Sedo Island Recuperation Project may be sent to the address below

Remittance from overseas banks

【Payee Account Number】
【Name of Account Holder】
Fukushima support net Sado
【Payee Address】
256 Yahatamachi, Sado-city, Niigata, 952-1313, Japan
【Payee Telephone Number】

The radiation air doses of Sado city are less than Okinawa city!

The radiation air doses of Sado city are less than Okinawa city!

Sado city is 0.043 μSv/h
Okinawa city is 0.044 μSv/h
Air Doses of the dadiation 

Sado city : http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/map/ja/area2.html city
Okinawa city: http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/map/ja/area2.html
by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Message from the director of Ryozen Satoyama school Mr. Hisao Seki -Japanese

English is here,


● わたしと家族、福島の人のこと 

 いま、福島では原発事故で自然体験活動はできなくなりました。チェルノブイリでは避難、移住させられた放射線量の値の所に住んでいます。よく、 なぜ避難しないのか?と聞かれます。国も県も避難の権利を認めないので多くの人は福島に留め置かれています。仕事や生活の補償がないとなかなか出られない のです。それでも、私の妻と14歳の息子は1年たってようやく山形県の米沢に昨年の三月に自主避難しました。事故からまもなく2年になろうとしています。 行政は家の回りの除染をやって警戒地域を解除し福島への帰還を求めています。しかし、多くの子どもの甲状腺に異常な「しこり」や「のう胞」が見つかるなど 不安はぬぐい切れてません。私の娘(17)も避難をしていたにも関わらずのう胞が見つかりA2と診

● 保養事業のこと、国の政策のこと  

 そんな中、日本各地の市民が中心となって避難や保養のサポートが始まりました。私のNPOでも2011年から佐渡島において保養事業をやってき ました。これまで、他の地域への保養の送り出しも含めて13回、約200人ほどの人を保養に送り出すことができました。残念ながら、保養のサポートを申し 出てくださるところは期間が短いものが多く、できれば1ケ以上の保養を行いたいのですが、予算や学校の休みの関係で実現できていません。福島は今も放射能 が空気中に漂っていて、0ベクレルの大根を切干にして外で干していたところ3000ベクレルになったということがあります。放射能から子どもを守るために 保養に出し、のびのびと活動し、そしてそこから避難につなげる活動は意味があると考えています。こ
 れらは本当は国がやることです。しかし、昨年の12月にここ、福島県でIAEAと国が主催して「原子力の安全に関する世界閣僚会議」を開催し、 避難する必要はない、これからも安全な原発を推進していくと世界に発信しました。私たちはとうてい認めることが出来ずに抗議行動を行ないました。しかし、 状況は変わりませんでした。 

● どんな社会で暮らしたいかのビジョン  

 今、日本の経済は苦しいのですが、その景気を上回るために日本の経済を優先した政策を取り、原発を再稼動させ、外国に原発を売り込もうという道 に日本は進もうとしています。そのために福島の人達、多くの被爆した人達は棄民化され、見捨てられようとしています。これまでの日本は本来の助け合う心や 多くの美徳を持っていましたが、いまはそれを捨てて、「格差社会のどこが悪い」と言わんばかりの道を進んでいます。失業したとたんにホームレスになる社 会、それを、「個人の責任」とする社会、文明のあり方はおかしい。その結果が、「福島第一原発事故」を引き起こしました。原発事故で、私達はどのような社 会でどう生きたいのかが問われ、次の社会のビジョンづくりが求められているのです。 

● 支援のお願い 


 私は福島原発4号機のことも含め、次の危機が迫っていることを感じています。本当ならばすぐにでも家族と福島の子どもたちを安全な所に逃がした い、でも、それができないでいるのです。生活が補償されなければ福島の中で、必死になって放射能の少ない食べ物を探し、マスクをつけ、自然医学で免疫力を 高める、子どもたちを一時的でも保養にだすことをやり続けなければなりません。佐渡保養キャンプはその一つの活動なのです。 



「うらやましい」      関 久雄 





春は山菜をいただき、冬には薪で暖をとる。 落ち葉や藁でたい肥をつくり
、自然と共に暮らしていける  「当たり前の暮らし」がうらやましい 














Message from the director of Ryozen Satoyama school Mr. Hisao Seki

Fukushima-Sado ’Open-shut hands’ Recuperation Project

  Message from the director of Ryozen Satoyama school Mr. Hisao Seki “To American friends who are sending warm hearts to Fukushima”

“To American friends who are sending warm hearts
to Fukushima”

Message from the director of Ryozen Satoyama school

Mr. Hisao Seki

About my family and the Fukushima's people

My name is Seki Hisao.  I work at a non-profit promoting experiential learning about traditional and natural living, located at Ryozen town in the mountains of Fukushima.
But our normal activities could not continue after the Fukushima Daiichi accident. We are living in an area of high radioactive contamination which would have undergone evacuation and resettlement if standards applied in Chernobyl were used.
We are often asked 'why don't you evacuate yourselves?'. Many of us have no option but stay here as Japanese government and the local government will not admit the human right of evacuation.

We cannot move without have any guarantee for a new job and new life. Nevertheless, my own wife and fourteen-year-old son were able to evacuate to Yonezawa city in Yamagata prefecture beginning last March (2012). Soon it will be two years since the disaster.

 The government asks our Fukushima people to return home of Fukushima after decontamination work around the house and narrow the exclusion zones. But from among the many children whose thyroids were tested, many have already developed "cysts" or "nodules", which are abnormal.  Such results were found in 43% of children in Fukushima city.

Family bonds are strained, as opinions are divided over the situation - to stay or leave, whether the radiation is safe or harmful.  I am very worried, though, that we may see dreadful results like those following Chernobyl within a few years. 

About the recuperation project, and the policy of Japanese Government

 In such a situation, The recuperation and camp for recovery children's health   has been supported by the grass roots citizen organizations throughout Japan. Our non-profit, the Ryozen Satoyama* School, also has started the recuperation project since 2011 at Sado Island in Niigata prefecture.
  Fukushima Support Saso
Our organization has supported about 200 children, during thirteen retreats, including other areas' recuperation projects. Honestly, we really think recuperation retreats lasting more than one month are appropriate for children who live in the radiation-contaminated areas, but the reality is that such long retreats have not been possible because of restricted school holidays and lack of funding.
In Fukushima it was reported that daikon radish which had been dried outside to make a traditional preserved food called Kiriboshi, were measured to contain 3000 becquerels/kg [3000 radioactive disintegrations per second per approx. 2 pound quantity -ed.] because the radioactive particles are drifting in the air. It really makes sense to send  children to other areas for recuperation spells.
This is something that the government really should do. However, last December, the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] and the Japanese government organized a meeting, the "Global Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety",in Fukushima Prefecture.  They said that there is no need to evacuate residents, and announced to the world their intention to continue to promote a 'safe' nuclear power plants in the future. We protested outside this event as we could not possibly gain admission. However, the situation did not change.

The vision how we wish to live in what kind if world

We promote many actions to protect the children as well as my own child. Sado Island is an area which fortunately is less polluted. So our recuperation projects aim to provide children's bodies respite from contamination and a chance for unworried enjoyment of nature.  As a teacher, I wish to convey to children some idea of how we should live with mother earth. 
I believe it's important is to have vision in such a time.  I'd like to build such kind of school that people can learn how to make such a world that man and man, humans and nature would live together in cooperation.
Currently, the Japanese economy is in a severe situation. Japan is moving to prioritize the economy above all else, and in this context gearing to restart nuclear power plants and continuing to strongly promote exports of nuclear technology to foreign countries.
Until the nuclear disaster, Japan had many beautiful virtues like taking care of each other, but sadly now, Japan is taking away these virtues and questioning whether social inequality is really a bad thing.  In contrast with past civilization, more and more it is regarded as an
Individual’s own responsibility if they lose a job or become homeless.  This is the spirit that brought us the "Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident." Now is the time to reexamine our values,
to ask how we should live and to make a vision for the next generation.
appeal for support
I feel that the next crisis is imminent, including the problem of the No.4 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi. I wish families and all Fukushma children to escape to a safe place as soon as possible. But reality is, I can not have all that I wish.
No, people living there will ask for compensation, while they adapt to a lives of desperately searching for food low in radioactivity, wearing masks, and otherwise trying to boost immune systems with natural medicine. Recuperation retreats are not long enough, but we must do the best we can for the children under the circumstances.
Sado recuperation camp has such an aim and accords with the wishings of all parents who cannot move from Fusushima.
Please send Fukushima what you can.  Any amount is gratefully appreciated.
Thank you very much for sharing with my thoughts.

 Hisao Seki

Mr. Seki, Hisao, before visiting TEPCO in Tokyo 17 July 2012

                                                           RyozenSatoyama school
address: 17 Aza Hosokura, Ryozen town ooishi,
Date city, Fukushima, Japan 960-0804 
TEL:  011-81-24-587-1032 
FAX: 024-587-1082

Donations to support the Sedo Island Recuperation Project 
may be sent to the address below
Payee Account Number
Name of Account Holder
Fukushima support net Sado
Payee Address
256 Yahatamachi, Sado-city, Niigata, 952-1313, Japan
Payee Telephone Number
090-6625-4022  (Japan)
Or, Please contact us: 

The Midcoast Peace and Justice Group
Fukushima Awareness Group Midcoast Maine
Norma Athearn athearn2@midcoast.com
Cell  207-594-1478

The radiation air doses of Sado city are less than Okinawa city!
Sado city is 0.043 μSv/h
Okinawa city is 0.044 μSv/h
Air Doses of the dadiation 

Sado city : http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/map/ja/area2.html city
Okinawa city: http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/map/ja/area2.html
by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Masayo Harada: A secretary General

"Our noprofit organization Fukushima Support Net Sado, SAPONE  are supporting Fukushima's people who suffer from the radioactive exposure at the t the Sado Island on the Japan Sea."

Address: 256 Yahata town, Sado city, Niigata, Japan 952-1313
TEL: 011-90-6625-4022
FAX: 0259-63-3848 
e-mail: saponet.sado@gmail.com 

address: 福島サポートネット佐渡
事務局長名(お金の受取人):事務局長 原田雅代

Hisao Seki : A secretary General

address: 17 Aza Hosokura, Ryozen town ooishi,
Date city, Fukushima, Japan960-0804  http://www.date-satoyama.com/index.html 
TEL:  011-81-24-587-1032 
FAX: 024-587-1082
for more infomation:

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Fukushima-Sado Recuperation Program Spring & Summer in 2012 !