48th Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration!

It is nearing that time of year and we are now working towards the 2020 Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration (HTC)! HTC is the biggest event of its kind at ARI, a celebration to appreciate the blessings of nature and the harvest we have enjoyed. This year, we will be taking all possible countermeasures against COVID19, and HTC will only be held on October 10th with a reservation system (limited to a maximum of 100 people). -2020 Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration – October 10th (Sat) [Morning Session] 9:30-12:00 (Doors open at 9:00) [Afternoon Session] 13:00-15:30 (Doors open at 12:30) Limited to 50 adults in each session. Please bring a mask. Disinfectants will be … Read more…

2020 Used Book Market – Change of Opening Hours

The opening hours of the 2020 Used Book Market will change starting July 1st. From yesterday, the 2020 Used Book Market officially opened! We are looking forward to your visit. As countermeasures to help prevent the spread of COVID19, we ask all visitors to follow the requests below when enjoying the Used Book Market. ● From Wednesday, July 1st, we will change the opening time of the market to 11:00 in the morning in order to provide extra time for staff to thoroughly disinfect the venue each day. ● Please be sure to check and implement the requests you find written throughout the venue, such as wearing masks and gloves. … Read more…

Announcement for the 2020 ARI Used Book Market

Opening of ARI Used Book Market June 22 (Mon) – September 30 (Wed) ARI’s popular Used Book Market will be opening again this year! Usually the book market is held in April every year, but it was postponed this year due to the effects of COVID19. However, we are happy to announce that the Used Book Market will be held from June 22!   All the used books start from 100 yen. The books include bestsellers, paperback books, picture books, art books, and old books, coming from all over Japan.   ARI’s Used Book Market has more than 10,000 books and many books written in English as well. Enjoy reading … Read more…

ARI’s 48th Opening Ceremony

The 48th Opening Ceremony was held at ARI on Friday, May 1st, with only ARI community members (students, staff, and volunteers) in attendance. Unlike usual years, due to the influence of COVID19, we were only able to hold a small Opening Ceremony. However, after a lot of preparation and effort, the 2020 participants were able to give their self-introductions in Japanese. They also shared about their strong desires to learn as much as they can at ARI. Every day the participants are doing everything they can to make the most out of the time they have here at the institute. All the members of the ARI community are looking forward … Read more…

Sharing the Blessings of Nature Through Food “Asian Rural Institute Health Sets”

Asian Rural Institute Health Sets A healthy body starts with a healthy diet. Agricultural Goods Set, Pork Set, Snack Set (Limited quantity, shipping included) Agricultural Goods Set Pork Set                                                Snack Set   Hello. How are you all? This year at the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) the schedule is very different from usual years, however, the participants are earnestly committed to learning as much as possible in their new environment and are enjoying their life here at ARI. Even in such a situation, we are thankful every day … Read more…

Japanese newsletter “Ajia no Tsuchi”: Report about the current situation of ARI

Japanese newsletter “Ajia no Tsuchi” With the spread of the Coronavirus, we have heard much concern about how we are conducting our program. Therefore, we have published an extra issue of our Japanese newsletter “Ajia no Tsuchi” to report about the current situation of ARI. For those who would like to see the extra issue of “Ajia no Tsuchi” newsletter click here:Ajia no Tsuchi April Extra Issue Contents of the extra issue are as follows: P1 ・ Current Status Report       By Tomoko Arakawa (Director of the Asian Rural Institute) P2 ・ VOICE of Asian Rural Institute’s Residents       Featuring Zacivolu Rhakho Dozo (FEAST (Meal Service) Staff) P3 ・ Corresponding … Read more…

48th Opening Ceremony: we have decided to postpone and host an internal ceremony.

In the midst of all the confusion throughout Japan and the world due to CORVID-19, the Asian Rural Institute is still planning on holding it`s 2020 Rural Leader`s Training Program, welcoming many participants from Africa and Asia.  Yet, due to the contagious CORVID-19 we must change the start date of this year’s program.  We will therefore have the opening ceremonies for this year’s program on Friday, May 1st with the participants who arrive by the end of April, staff and volunteers.  Unfortunately, this means that we will not be able to welcome outside guests to this year’s opening ceremonies. Other annual events in April and May will also be affected … Read more…

The 47th Commencement Service

With the grace of God, we are happy to announce the Commencement Service of the Asian Rural Institute this year to be held on December 14th, Saturday. We would like to welcome you to join this Commencement Service to encourage participants who will be returning to their countries with what they have learnt and also with a full of hope.   Date: Saturday, December 14th 2019, 13:30 – 15:00 Place: the Asian Rural Institute, Koinonia House *After the service, we will hold a small tea party.   Nearest Station: Nasushiobara Station, Tohoku Shinkansen *We have a bus service from west exit of Nasushiobara Station departing at 12:30, Departing at 16:00 … Read more…