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Konpiramaru (金比羅丸)


Seaweed, Scallop, Oyster farmer
Naoya, the owner of this seaweed, scallop and oyster farming business, was born and raised in Utatsu, Minami-Sanriku and has worked as an aquaculture farmer since he was 20. Unfortunately he lost all of his equipment and workplace when the tsunami hit in 2011. Naoya worked in the construction industry for a while as many aqua-farmers and fishermen have done after the disaster to pay their bills. However, he did not give up on rebuilding of his business, and In November 2011, he resumed seaweed farming.

His business is back on track, but he aspires to make Utatsu's aqua-farming industry more sustainable through "blue tourism" which will diversify the town's economic structure. His proposal includes a place where tourists and local people can enjoy fresh seafood, and various programs to easily engage in fishing and aqua-farming. Naoya believes that it is also a great opportunity to bring back fishermen and aqua-farmers who quit their business to work in more profitable industries after the disaster.

New Year's Message from Naoya

New year's message from Konpiramaru, Feb 2014 from Architecture for Humanity on Vimeo.

MakiBiz RFP Program
This project is one of the businesses that were selected for the MakiBiz Request for Proposal (RFP) program, which supports the rebuilding of small businesses and entrepreneurs who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated the Tohoku region in 2011.


Minamisanriku-cho, Motoyoshi-gun, Miyagi 988-0444
Project posted by hiromitabei

Project Details

NAME: Konpiramaru (金比羅丸)
PROJECT LEAD: Architecture for Humanity
LOCATION: Minamisanriku-cho, Motoyoshi-gun, Miyagi 988-0444, Japan
START DATE: December 25, 2013
CURRENT PHASE: Design development
PROJECT TYPE: Aquafarming
DESIGN FELLOW: Akinobu Yoshikawa
, Kayo Andrews