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April 8, 2012 / Mika Riedel

Nijiiro On The Road, In Kyoto

February 10th, 2012

Today we are taking a break from Nijiiro activities and visiting the picture book store ‘Kinderland’ in Kyoto.

-Sayabo’s report-

Onchan-Shisho, Machan and I headed off to Kyoto. Walking along Kyoto’s characteristic grid streets, we spotted that familiar logo. The billboard had a cute message written on it.

Inside the building were rows upon rows of picture books. This large edition of Leo Lionni’s Swimmy caught my attention, but I didn’t have time to look at it.

The people at Kinderland have been soliciting supporters for their ‘Continuing Picture Book Contribution’.  Through their efforts, these books sustain long-term connections between the supporters and the kids of Nijiiro Crayons.

We talked with the shop owner, Mr. Hasuoka, about his contribution both now and in the future. We were also fortunate to meet one of the supporters and hear what they had to say first hand.

Nijiiro Crayons acts as an intermediary for this program, passing the books along to the kids and their guardians.  Lately, we have been receiving letters from the kid’s guardians to deliver to the supporters, which provides a real sense of the importance of this long-term connection.

We couldn’t stay long, but we enjoyed plenty of friendly conversation during our time amongst the picture books.

As an added bonus: a photo of Onchan-Shisho walking down the streets of Kyoto.

Written by Nijiiro Crayons on February 10th, 2012.

Translated by Paul Haugerud and Kayoko Hirata.

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