Man of Animal Welfare, May Mr. Gamman Hirayama rest in peace

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A man of animal welfare, Mr. Gamman Hirayama passed away in May 6, 2023.

He was the one of the greatest people.

A Man of Animal Welfare, Mr. Gamman Hirayama

Mr. Gamman Hirayama passed away suddenly at the age of 64.

He dedicated his precious life to animal welfare.

It was during the course of his activities that he sadly passed away.

He was truly a man of love.

May he rest in peace.

It began with only one person’s attempt.

In 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred.

And the earthquake and tsunami caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

The government issued evacuation to residents right after the nuclear accident.

Only humans were allowed to evacuate, and domesticated animals were left behind.

When Mr. Gamman Hirayama learned about the reality of those poor animals,

He decided to go to Fukushima every week to feed them visiting house to house.

Fukkounoie, or Happy Light House

Finally on February 11, 2014, he built Fukkounoie or Happy Light House for those poor animals in the disaster area.

He left a company where he had been working for from 1984 to 2014 to run the shelter.

He said since there was no support from the government for disaster-stricken animals, the thoughts and the actions of volunteers became the power.

It was not limited to disaster-stricken animals but also to all the animals that had been abandoned, lost their way and were living on the streets.

He believed that it would be his greatest desire if humans lend a helping hand to all the little lives that could not survive without the help of humans.

I will never forget his words that a society that cannot protect small lives cannot protect big lives.


Wan Nyan Land or Dogs and Cats Land

In 2018, Mr. Gamman Hirayama built another shelter called Wan Nyan Land or Dogs and Cats Land in Yamaguchi prefecture to solve the wild dog problem there.

He spent three years to build a handmade shelter on a lot of 1,000 square meters.

As of May 2023, he was taking care of as many as 65 dogs and cats and trying to find homes for those animals.

The money for the shelter’s activities was donated through crowdfunding.

He sent monthly thank you messages to anyone who donated.

I got a message from him and replied to him.

Then he said he wasn’t feeling well.

I told him if he had someone to rely on, please rely on them when he was not feeling well.

He said thank you to me.

The conversation was the last one I had with him.

5 days later, I found out his death on Facebook.

My mind went blank.

Mr. Gamman Hirayama, who was tough and had strong spirit, was gone.

The news didn’t seem real for a while.

But now, a few days later, I’m starting to feel a sense of loss over his passing.

I’m writing this blog to fill that loss.

I want everyone to know about him, about this great man who has dedicated his life to the animals.

Thank you, Mr. Gamman Hirayama, I will never forget about you, I will do what I can do for poor animals.

Thank you and rest in peace.

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