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December 21, 2011 / Mika Riedel

Extra-Large Bubbles

November 13th, 2011

Today we visited the provisional housing in Takasago Ichome. After that we went to the “Summit for Smiles and Children’s Health in Sendai” where Onchan-Shisho (Shigeki) took part as a panelist.

ーThe provisional housing at Takasago Ichome (Takaki’s report)ー

When it was time to begin, the kids had all gathered at the park entrance to greet us. Today our group consisted of Nobusan, Yukikun, Yumasan, Narumin, Harumisan, Onchan-Shisho and myself.

The kids were unusually engrossed in creating soap bubbles as large as they desired. They were excited when for just one moment a bubble enveloped their heads and they were able to ‘see’ the world outside. It would be nice if we can spend as much time as possible playing outdoors before it gets cold. Hopefully the kids and adults will all remain in good health.

ー”The Summit for Smiles and Children’s Health” attendee report (Macchan’s report)ー

Today I went to the “Summit for Smiles and Children’s Health in Sendai” that Onchan-Shisho was participating in. Even though my car has a navigation system, I still got lost. For a while I wasn’t sure where to go but eventually I made it safely to the assembly hall.

Close to 80 people had shown up at the hall to hear the panel. Besides Onchan-Shisho’s speech, the attendees listened intently to Headmaster Goto from the Nobiru nursery school and Doctor Noda from the psychiatric department related their individual experiences from the disaster.

Personally, I am learning many things from the children and our daily activities but today’s panel discussion allowed me to hear different perspectives and I discovered a lot. My desire to take on tomorrow’s activities has been renewed once again.

Written by Nijiiro Crayons on 11/13/2011.

Translated by Paul Haugerud.

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