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August 27, 2011 / Mika Riedel

Fine temporary housing

Wednesday July 13th, 2011.

Today we visited the Oshio Community Center and Kadonowaki Middle School.

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~Oshio Community Center-(Aipiro’s report)~

Basically the day went like this…

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Oshio Community Center.  Aichan, Pichan.

The missing watermelon ball incident!? Everyone’s favorite ball, that looks like a watermelon, has somehow gone missing! Someone joked “It got mistaken for a real watermelon and smashed!” but that can’t be true. Next time I’ll keep it with me for safekeeping.

I spilled my juice! The child was yelling out “I want to drink my juice!”, and spilled the whole thing. 🙂 He was rather dejected, even though he was clearly in the wrong, drinking it while walking around. Anyhow, a few minutes later he gallantly appeared wearing a whole new change of clothes.

The story of Aichan’s swollen little toe. Aichan was jumping around excitedly after receiving cookies from the mothers at the community center and sprained her little toe. Thanks to her enthusiasm, she ended up hardly moving the last half of the day. 🙂  That will teach her!

*The Namahage cookies were delicious. Thank you. *(Namahage: Folklore demons of the Oga peninsula in Northern mainland Japan.)

*Tanabata decorations have been put up. Among the various wishes written on strips of paper were “I want to be rich” and “I want candy.” Some you would expect from a kid and some were very pragmatic. 🙂 They were very adorable and interesting wishes. *(Tanabata: A festival celebrated on July 7th of every year.)

Today everyone played catch ball together, played on the balance ball, chatted, and we also talked with the parents. It was a quiet day as usual at Oshio. Apparently two of the kids will be leaving on Saturday so maybe we will try and visit on Friday.

Until next time…!

Thank you for the souvenir. It made us very happy!

~Kadonowaki Middle School (Machi’s report)~

Volunteers: Okayan, Yoppa and Yutti

Yoppa and the others made toys out of balloons filled with potato starch. They had a very strange texture. They also made paper-mache. After that they devoted themselves to making udon noodles. Today was yet another relaxing day.

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~Onchan-Shisho’s report~

Today I went to have a look at some of the temporary housing. It’s located in Minamizakai near Ishinomaki Senshu University. The buildings were very nice but they are apparently only half occupied.

Why don’t people move in?

The rubble is piling up and growing ever larger, it’s even been shown on TV. I can understand why someone might have difficulty living near that.

Making friends with the new children living in the housing today was nice.

Written by Kodomo Hinanjo Club on 7/13/2011.

Translated by Paul Haugerud, Takako Kawamukai, Kayako Mukainakano and Eric Draper.

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