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June 22, 2012 / Mika Riedel

Mosaic Art On The Road

May 30th, 2012

– Machan’s Report –

On May 16th, Onchan-Shisho presented a lecture at Southern Ito Middle School in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Our connection with Southern Ito Middle School began last year when we received a whole lot of support from them in the form of painting supplies. Then, at the start of this year several of their teachers were kind enough to come and volunteer for us. Onchan-Shisho’s lecture was a continuation of this relationship.

It was one thing to be talking in front of the teachers, but this was Onchan-Shisho’s first time lecturing in front of a group of kids the same age as the kids of Nijiiro Crayons.

He wanted to insure his presentation would go well so he took quite a while thinking about it.  Thanks to the efforts of a lot of people it appears to have been time well spent.

Not only did he give a lecture at Southern Ito Middle School, he also worked on a mosaic art piece while he was there.

A large group of kids from all grade levels, including those with special needs, took part helping with the construction.  He had student council members take the lead, explaining the design and how to piece it together.

It was only a single mosaic art project but the bonds that were forged should be encouraged to grow.

Whether it’s after they have graduated from college and started working, gotten married and become mothers or fathers, or even raised their kids and become grandmothers and grandfathers, this mosaic that they completed has a little bit of everyone in it and I hope someday they will come to Ishinomaki to see it.

Written by Nijiiro Crayons on 5/30/2012.

Translated by Paul Haugerud.

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