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February 3, 2012 / Mika Riedel

Winter Sets In!

November 21, 2011

Today we visited the provisional housing at Asahikasei Power Devices company properties.

ーProvisional housing at Asahikasei Power Devices company properties (Sayabo’s report)ー

Today I went to the provisional housing at Asahikasei Power Devices company properties. The people from ”The Kodomo-Wakamono-Maching organization” brought their children’s mobile base again today. The temperature was really cold and only reached 8 degrees Celsius but the kids had a lot of fun.

It became even colder when the sun went down, we chatted in the warm glow of the car headlights. A 7 year old girl gave us new nicknames, ‘Machachan’, ‘Sakuranbochan’ and the like. That was really cute.

Winter has really set in.  It would be nice if the kids had a large indoor room in which to play.

ーProvisional housing at Asahikasei Power Devices company properties (Machan’s report)ー

Today we visited the provisional housing at Asahikasei Power Devices company properies and once again we were joined by everyone from “The Kodomo-Wakamono-Maching organization”.

They had told everyone ‘tomorrow we’ll be here with our children’s mobile base’ so the kids were waiting with anticipation. When it arrived they all called out ‘where’s the secret base!?!’ It’s actually called a ‘mobile base’ but you could tell they were really excited about it. 🙂

It was a cold, cold day today, like one would expect in the middle of December.  That made no difference to the kids and they enjoyed themselves until it got dark.

This boy greeted everyone with exceptionally high spirits. He played war, hiding out in the pup tent and calling out loudly to his friends.

Then we have the tomboy sisters. They seem to really like high places, climbing up on ‘Kanchan’ the truck and convincing volunteers to let them ride on their shoulders.

Darkness fell quickly and to wrap things up, the kids, mothers, and volunteers all together helped pack up the base. We wanted to hurry and get inside out of the cold, but progress was slow with our hands growing numb. I was really happy everyone pitched in with the cleanup and persevered to the very end.

Written by Nijiiro Crayons on 11/21/2011.

Translated by Paul Haugerud, Kayako Mukainakano and Eric Draper.

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