The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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"Tomoni-hamawo-tsukuru-kai" association

Rethinking environmental improvement of the ocean through community-based "experience learning" using traditional laver (a type of seaweed) technique.

Activity grant

Project Description

In order to rehabilitate sandy beaches and restore biodiversity, we have carried out awareness building activities, (hands-on) experience learning, and research and studies in cooperation with residents, schools, companies, and government as part of environmental improvement of the ocean and beach creation. This project, which is held at Nojima-Kaigan coast, Kanazawa-ward, Yokohama city, where precious sand beach remains, provides primary students practical learning experience of cultivating laver. In particular, the students can learn about and practice laver seeding, setting ropes (in the sea), harvesting, and processing. This is in conjunction with learning about the blessings from the oceans and the connections with oceanographic phenomena (water temperature, water quality, current, sea tide, terrain, etc ). Through these activities, we provide the children the opportunities to learn how to coexist with society and the need of environmental improvements for oceans.

Marine resources/foodPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2010 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2010 - September 2013
Grant amount
9,800,000 yen
Activity region
Kanazawa-ward, Yokohama-city, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan
"Laver cultivation learning experience" for primary students in Yokohama city

Overview of the Organization

Takeshi Ishida, Chairperson
Takeshi Ishida, Chairperson
Establishment purpose
While coexisting with Yokohama harbor, we will restore nature to rehabilitate and recreate the waterfront, meaning anyone can come into contact with the water on a sand beach that is abundant with nature and life. We aim for a healthy lifestyle in both body and mind and to pass on the importance of nature and the environment to the next generation (the children).
Main areas of activity
Kanagawa Prefecture
1 full-time member, 1 part-time member, 150 full members
Annual operating income
2,770,000 yen in 2007, 2,770,000 yen in 2008, 2,660,000 yen in 2009
WEB site
Recent Activities
  • (1) Upon the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Yokohama harbor, submit a request form for beach creation of 150 ha (approximately 13000 signatures) to the waterfront area of Yokohama city.
  • (2) Hold and take part in nature restoration and environmental improvement seminars
  • (3) Participate in collaboration with other NPO's, schools, residents, administrations, companies and organizations.
  • (4) Planning and management of hands-on experience learning