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Video Game Circle Discussion

On Tuesday night, PCV staff held our first circle discussion. The topic: video games, violence in video games, and those games being played in our public space. You see, here at Peace Culture Village, we have a Play Station 4 with games like Assassin's Creed: Origins, NBA 2k19, God of War, Jack Box Games, and Marvel’s The Amazing Spider Man. For some of our staff members, video games are a method of self-care, a chance to relax, and even bond and interact with one another. However, there were some concerns over a) the hypocrisy in playing violent video games at a place espousing Peace Culture b) the issue of playing those games in a public space.

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A Meeting with Hibakusha (among other happenings)

Earlier this week, PCV staff (along with Basil Schur, our latest guest from Australia) took a trip down to Hiroshima City. There, along with our Hiroshima-based staff, we got to meet with Mr. Tsuboi Sunao, a Hibakusha who, at the age of 20, survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima City. 


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Happenings in August

39379572_264452214392738_3060284758131998720_n.jpgHello everyone! My name is Lucas Carmichael-Tanaka, I’m an intern at PCV, and I'll be a temporary contributor to the PCV blog.


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Moravian College

From May 21 through 23, Peace Culture Village staff aided 8 students and 4 faculty members from Moravian College as they held their May term study abroad seminar entitled "Japan: Legacies of WWII". 

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Kyoka and Keika

This week, Kyoka, a college student from Joge, and Keika, a high school student from Konu, joined us at Peace Culture Village for some English immersion. Kyoka is studying abroad for one year starting next month and wanted to brush up on her English listening and conversation skills. Keika has aspirations to study abroad in college, perhaps in America or Sweden, and is a motivated English student. It was such a pleasure having the two of them here. 


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Spring Has Sprung!

Here at Peace Culture Village, Spring has finally arrived! The weather is becoming warmer, and the frog's chirping can be heard from the rice paddies. Small flowers are beginning to bloom, and seedlings have burst forth from the ground in full force. Even the chickens are enjoying the beautiful weather in their new, outdoor playpen! 

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Joge English Conversation Class

27752109_1820818694656203_1758534068803221400_n.jpgEven in the cold and snowy winter, Peace Culture Village English classes continue in the mountains near Konu and Joge! Of the six classes that PCV currently offers, 2 are for elementary school children, 1 for high school students, and 3 for adults. 

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Tondo Matsuri

Around mid-January, there are bonfire festivals, or tondo matsuri, all over Japan. Our local community in Fukuda celebrated tondo matsuri last week. As a foreigner, this was my first time experiencing this festival and it was quite fun! We burned last year's New Years decorations in the fire as well as kakizome, or calligraphy that expresses our hopes for the new year. We then cooked mochi in the ashes of the fire and ended the day with a New Years party at the local community center.

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Support PCV in the New Year!

18893457_1519963371408405_2819983399125085110_n_12.01.07_PM_2.jpgI'm writing to ask that consider supporting Peace Culture Village (PCV), a non profit organization, PEAC Institute campus, international eco-village, organic farm, and peace training camp that my coworkers and I started this year. Our goal is to become a village of people from all over the world intentionally exploring the philosophy, attitudes, methods and technologies of sustainable peace. Everyone who lives with us brings new problems and solutions. Our task is "pulling the 'peaces' together." For more specific information about what we do, please visit our website

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PCV Holiday Party

On Sunday, over 50 people gathered at Joge North Elementary School for the Peace Culture Village Christmas Party. We learned about Christmas, played Christmas-themed games using English, sang Christmas carols, and event met Santa during our gift exchange! 

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