Engaging in Japan: Tsunami Impacted Schoolchildren


Japan. Land of the Rising Sun. Home of the world's first novel. Where spirit, body, and mind are one and the same. 

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In 2011 the seaside village of Rikuzentakata was devastated by an earthquake and shredded by tsunami, leaving the people in a state of anxiety. And while the village has recovered to a large degree there remains work to be done. This is reflected in the education sector, a mere remnant of what it once was as schools seek funding to rebuild.

I have the immense privledge of studying Japanese and English and the Univeristy of Missouri where I am preparing for a career in education and translations. Through the university I have built a program that will allow me to spend a semester abroad working alongside schoolchildren assisting in educational needs, providing both locals and myself with insight, opportunity, and chances for growth. 


But to tell you the truth, I cannot do this on my own. 

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I have applied for the Gilman Scholarship, a brutally competitive program, but even then, their assistance only goes so far. This is not a joy ride, and it’s certainly not a vacation. My goal is to emphasize education for children in rural areas. To bridge the language and cultural gap between East and west. And to participate in one-on-one interactions with locals in a language intensive program, aimed at fluency. Championing cross-cultural compassion. Breaking stereotypes and building a healithy and genuine understanding of the relationship between our modern America with contemporary Japan while exploring the rich traditions of an extraordinary past. 

These ambitions form the bedrock of my future career. Ultimately I long to teach English. Specifically in rural Japan and to translate ancient literary texts, from verse to prose. Upon completion of this program I will use my experience to share with others the gifts that have been granted to me and work to foster mutual understanding between East and West. Between the United States and Japan. As an ambassador of peace, a champion of compassion.

I've launched a website where I will share the experience with you. Through a series of blogs I will present the places, the people, the path to achieving these goals.
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Nicholas Rankin-Andriani 
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Columbia, MO
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