Ishinomaki Laboratory began as a workshop for the local community in a coastal area of Ishinomaki-city, Miyagi prefecture, which was devastated by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. At the beginning, Ishinomaki Laboratory was simply a common utility area for locals to conduct their own work, with lumber and repair materials provided by volunteers, mainly designers in Tokyo.
Assisting locals with their DIY activities, Ishinomaki Laboratory also lent a hand restoring local shops. One of those, the Fukko Bar (in Japanese, “Recovery Bar”), has proven extremely popular with the locals. A community space aptly named IRORI (in Japanese, “open fireplace”) was also opened with the aim of development of the area through close communication of the locals.