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October 9, 2011 / Mika Riedel

Clear Skies After The Typhoon

Friday, September 23rd, 2011.

Today we visited the provisional housing at Shirasagidai, Northern Hebita Park #2 and Minamizakai District Park.

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ーOnchan-Shisho’s reportー

The passing of the typhoon has left a fresh clear blue autumn sky.

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Sa’chan watering the plants.

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ーAichan’s reportー

I visited the provisional housing at Minamizakai District Park today.

Two girls intently playing with stickers.

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It was the usual boisterous Minamizakai.

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ーThe provisional housing at Northern Hebita Park #2 (Ma’chan’s report)ー

Today began with just one child, after a while a second appeared, then two more, all in all we had nine children and three mothers join us to play.  We were watering flowers from a bucket of water and splashing it around on each other but it began to get really cold.  We also caught dragonflies, made brooms out of grass and otherwise enjoyed the fall scenery.

ーThe provisional housing at Shirasagidai (Ma’chan’s report)ー

Kouchan has moved from the refugee center into provisional housing and several children were gathering at his house, so I payed them a visit.  Kouchan said “I wanna play tag!”, but he has abandoned the game and is intently watching a swallowtail butterfly larva.

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We played catch with a balance ball and soccer with no long kicks, it was crowded but we had to put up with the confined space.  Perhaps the kids are growing used to it, however I think it would be good if they had more room to play.

After all the running about we were treated to yakisoba and rice balls!  There is nothing tastier than a meal under blue skies.

At the end everyone picked up trash around the provisional housing yard and then called it quits.  We managed to collect two entire bags worth.  The sight of those children humming to themselves as they were gathering trash was really impressive.

Written by Kodomo Hinanjo Club on 9/23/2011.

Translated by Paul Haugerud and Takako Kawamukai.

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