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A project for bringing Ogijima daffodils to Matsushima, Tohoku

Activity grant

Project Description

This project involves making daffodils a symbol of the revival of towns that were reduced to rubble by the Great East Japan Earthquake and accompanying tsunami. Ogijima Island in the Seto Inland Sea was previously suffering due to the decline and aging of its population, but has been revived by the influx of tourists coming to see the daffodils. The daffodil bulbs that are the children and grandchildren of these flowers will be sent to Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, through an exchange program for children from Kagawa and Miyagi Prefectures, and used to create a symbol of revival for the next generation. The daffodils in full bloom will also create a new opportunity for reviving tourism in the area.

Preservation of surface soil and forestsPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2011 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years and 3 months
July 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
2,590,000 yen
Activity region
Ogicho, Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, and Urato Katsura Island, Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Daffodils in bloom around the Ogijima lighthouse

Overview of the Organization

Shinya Chujo, Director
Shinya Chujo, Director
Establishment purpose
Established to provide nursing care and welfare support to ensure all residents of the small island of Ogijima in the Seto Inland Sea can live safe and secure lives. It is currently focusing on revitalizing the island through tourism.
Main area of activity
Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, and Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
8 full-time staff members, 2 part-time staff members, and 10 full members
Annual operating budget
33.71 million yen in 2008, 39.74 million yen in 2009, and 42.84 million yen in 2010
Collaborating organizations
Suisen Project (representative: Shingo Yagyu), Urato Yume-no-Ailand (representative: Katsuji Miura)
Recent activity
Established short-stay nursing care facilities such as Day Service Center Ogi and Yu-no-Yakata, a home-care service, and a meal delivery service for the elderly, and daytime care support and short-stay facilities for people with disabilities. Also established the 'Committee for creating Ogi, country of daffodils', and holding a daffodil walk and fish market event every spring, bringing several thousand visitors to the island.