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History of Suisu Mura

History

When Mr. Nobuyuki Kihara, an ex-elementary school teacher, came to live in the site of Kuchiwa-cho Stock-raising Center with his family, the grass grew high and dense, the roof of the building was crushed down by the heavy snow, and the whole place turned into a ruin. 30 years have passed since he started living here where he was told, “That place is a deep-snow district. No one can stand to live there three years. If you can stay there three years, you’re a genius.” He cleared the mountain surface that was ruined by tall grass and tree stumps, grew pesticide-free, organic vegetables, repaired the buildings little by little — and this is how Suisu Mura was built.

    • April 1988 :  Mr. Nobuyuki Kihara, and ex-elementary school teacher, moves to the site of Kuciwa-cho Stock-raising Center with his family, to build a “Dream School”. They name the place “Suisu Mura”.
    • September 1996 : Started accepting students who stay in Suisu Mura for long-terms.
    • August 1997 :  Sponsor settled to Kuchiwa-cho Board of Education.
    • April 1998 :  Started accepting students who would go to local public schools from Suisu Mura.
    • March 1999 :  Boys’ Boarding House completed. (140㎡)
    • May 1999 :  Started accepting volunteers.
    • January 2000 : Chugoku Shinbun (Regional Newspaper) publishes about Suisu Mura in “Shasetsu” column.
    • February 2000 :  Asahi Shinbun(National Newspaper) publishes Mr. Nobuyuki Kihara’s article in “Danryu・Kanryu” column.
    • December 2001 :  Hand-built 2nd Boarding House completed. (160㎡)
    • August 2005 :  Becomes NPO corporation.
    • June 2006 : Cultural interaction with eight high school students from Germany. (published in Chugoku Shinbun)
    • August 2008 :  Play ground completed.
    • May 2011 :  Broadcasted by Hiroshima Home Television (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Graduation version)
    • January 2015  : Dissolve the NPO corporation, and change to General Incorporated Association. While maintaining to improve the alternative school, start concentrating on “efforts on personal independence of the youth”.
    • April 2017 :  Yomogi Cafe starts business.

Basic Principles

We value the most common and basic things needed for the students — Move a lot, eat a lot, and sleep a lot.

① We live a regular life.

② We play lots of sports and group activities.

③ Staffs with teaching qualifications and social worker qualifications support each student with their studies, according to thier levels, from the basics to preparation for entrance examintaion.

④ We work together.

⑤ We are especially careful about safe and balanced diet.

⑥ We value homey atmosphere.

⑦ We talk from the Bible once a week. This is not to force someone into any religious group, but to think together about how the way of life should be as a person.