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Clashing of Swords!

December 5th, 2012

Boo-chan’s report

On this cold, cold day, we went to the Koyo provisional housing complex. The siblings Shoma-kun and Kokone-chan were there to greet us with a respectful bow. I received a playful jab from them.

We entered the assembly room and passed out armbands with names printed on them to the kids taking part. High school student Kiyo-kun thoroughly checked them all.

I asked Hayato-kun, who was playing all alone, what he was up to and he showed me the toy motorbike he was pretending to race around.

At our staff meeting before the activity we vowed to make it outside to play in the Koyo elementary school yard, but before we knew it the sun set and we missed our chance.

Everyone entered the assembly room and the girls made Christmas tree ornaments while volunteer Mikan watched over them.  Things are starting to look really sparkly!

Unable to go to the playground, the boys were looking a bit anxious… With all their pent up energy things could get ugly! It was then I began making swords out of newspaper. As expected they all jumped in, “let me make one”, “me too, me too!”. 

All of the samurai with their individually made swords in hand began dueling it out in the back room.


Suddenly a mysterious masked man appeared!  Actually, it’s Tsukapon who came as a volunteer.


The boys all held serious one on one matches with me as referee. (I’m actually a Kendo teacher.) Hits were only allowed on the waist and the forearms.  They fought fair and square, working up a sweat.  Everyone was very gallant.

When it was time to go home, middle school volunteers Tsukapon and Taku (twins) showed up to let us know, “We have to take a short break from helping Nijiiro Crayons to study for our tests, but we’ll be back!”

I’ve learned quite a lot from those two about looking after and playing with the kids. I’m sad I won’t see them for a while but It’s important they put time into pursuing their dreams. Good luck Tsukapon and Taku!

Taking part in today’s activity were Mikan, Kiyo-kun, Tsukapon, Taku, Onchan-Shisho and myself.

Written by Nijiiro Crayons on 12/5/2012.

Translated by Paul Haugerud.

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