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September 24, 2014 / Mika Riedel

Report from Koyocho Community Center

Hello, everybody! This is Narumin. Today I helped out with the activities at the Koyocho community center. It was sunny in Ishinomaki today! Though the wind was stronger too.


As I cycled from our office to the community center, I breathed in the pollen-laden wind that was blowing in my face. For hay fever sufferers, itchy days will continue for the near future. Natsukichi sneezes a lot every day, too.

The activities today were slow paced and relaxing

I heard that it was the lowest number of kids participating in our activities so far. Now that school has begun, it seems that everyone is busy meeting up with friends again, having committee meetings and studying.

In the multipurpose hall, let’s see how high we can build the Kapla bricks. This was serious business. Even walking just near them, my heart was pit-a-pat. It was such a tense feeling.

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This Kapla tower was built together by a preschool girl and Mura-
san. How high it was!


The girl made pretty ribbons out of clay and decorated them with beads. Using clay, a boy told me his own original story about dinosaurs.


In the hall, we played Ping-Pong, dodge ball, skipping rope and hide-and-seek. With the large space, it was really great for the hiders and the seekers! They seemed eager and excited to play.


Making the most of the two wide halls, both kids and adults enjoyed a comfortable playing time.


Today we could play with each of the children more than usual.


Taking part today were Onchan-Shisho, Natsukichi, Sen-jii, Retsu-san, Yama-chan, Mura-san, and Narumin.


Thank you very much.


Written by Nijiiro Crayons on 4/10/2014.

Translated by Takako Kawamukai and Matthew Jellicoe


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