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June 18, 2012 / Mika Riedel

It’s nice calling everyone by name.

May 29th, 2012

Today we visited Hibiki Industrial Park in Eastern Matsushima.

With so many first time volunteers, our activity goal ended up being ‘Kids and adults learn and use everyone’s name!’.

As soon as we arrived the second and fourth grade girls asked, “Boochan, what are we doing today?”  Fourth grader A-chan was eating shaved ice!  It’s still a bit early for this summertime treat, but what do you expect from kids.After briefly working up a sweat playing tag and hide-and-seek we moved into the assembly room for our usual mosaic art project.


Daichan from Nagoya joined us for the first time and did a great job taking charge as our mosaic project leader.

First grader Kouki-kun was engrossed in balloons.  Here he is stuffing a balloon down the back of Hanerin from Tokyo, who was also a first timer.

When he released it there was a strange sound. Everyone broke out laughing.

Inapu and Onchan-Shisho showed up late, apparently they were playing tag with three of the boys.

After that we made water balloons and tossed them around outside.

We returned to the room to clean up but for some reason everyone started surrounding themselves with balloons and taking pictures like Idols. I was surprised to see kids who normally don’t like having their photo taken were doing it! Everyone was having a good time.

Kotochan is a Nijiiro regular but today was her first time at Hibiki Industrial Park. She was warmly received and everyone was soon calling her by name, “Kotochan, Kotochan”.

Our goal of ‘Learn and use everyone’s name!’ was a pretty good success and everyone at Hibiki Industrial Park was full of smiles.

Today’s participants were Inapu, Daichan, hanerin, Kotochan, Onchan-Shicho and Boochan.

Written by Nijiiro Crayons on 5/29/2012.

Translated by Paul Haugerud.

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