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April 9, 2014 / Mika Riedel

Kick off! The ping-pong club and the Ceramic Art club

Hello! I’m Yuuki, a member of “Nijiiro-Crayon”staff.

Belated Happy New Year! Today we had our activities at the provisional housing in the residential district of Koyocho. The first act of the year here! But some of the children had met me last week.

Let’s start today’s activities with a greeting “akemashite omedetou! (It means Happy New Year!)”

We immediately prepared an improvised ping-pong table with a good arrangement of long tables that there were in the assembly hall and we played.

At first, children were not familiar with playing ping-pong. They had a hard time but thanks to special (or comical?) coaches, Mura-san and Hoka-chan, children showed rapid progress. By teaching each other, they got enthusiastic and they enjoyed ping-pong. Here in Koyocho, it seems that a ping-pong movement has emerged.


From the other side, it has started a class of “cloisonne work” by Onchan-Sisho and Natsukichi.


Bringing a tiny kiln in its maximum temperature it needs 800ºC ! (1472ºF), Giving children a tutorial of “cloisonne work”, they were putting children’s creations in a heated kiln one after another.

After they counted 60 seconds, they found their creations hot from the kiln, and children got really excited! They took their creations back home with delight. And some of the children that could not complete them today, they’ll finish them next time.

We’re looking forward to seeing any works of genius next time. Today varied “Bukatsu” (club activities at school) have been played actively.

Our five members today were: Onchan-Sisho, Mura-san, Hoka-chan, Natsukichi and Yuuki. Thank you for today!

Written by Nijiiro Crayons on 1/15/2014.

Translated by Takako Kawamukai and Maria Koimisoglou.

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