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2012.09.04 20:23

Events (08/07 Rikuzentakata, Iwate; 08/09 Iwate Safari Park)

Rentai Touhoku•Seinan Staff, Tahir here.

● 7th August: Rikuzentakata Moving Tanabata Festival

At the request of Co-op Aichi, we prepared Pakistani Curry at the Moving Tanabata Festival in Rikuzentakata. We prepared 200 meals for the people of Kawara-cho, which was completely destroyed by the tsunami. We had great pleasure being part of the Tanabata the festival with these people.

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In the Kesen district of Iwate prefecture Obon is normally celebrated between the 13th to the 16th of August, however those families celebrating their first Obon, do so on the 7th of August. In order to honor the spirits, the Moving Tanabata Festival was started, and according to tradition, takes place on this day.

Most of the floats were washed away in last year's tsunami except for three. This year, with support from all over Japan, the number of floats increased to nine, and at 10:30 in the morning, people gathered and the parade started from the old city center. The festival was very impressive, people enjoyed themselves and we were very honored to be able to help.

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● 9th August: Iwate Safari Park

We invited about 20 children who live in temporary housing in Rikuzentakata and took them to Iwate Safari Park. This tour was realized with the kind support of many people such as Mr Murakami and Mr Suzuki of Senmayacho and the Manager of Iwate Safari Park.

This park, with its extensive fields, is home to about 700 animals and birds belonging to 70 species. We were able to have a typical safari park experience, watching the animals and their behaviour from the car.

We had close-up encounters with wild animals, and in the herbivorous animals section we could even hear the breath of giraffes and camels when they approached. It was a safari park where we really felt close to the animals.

The children of Rikuzentakata live near the coast and the sea is therefore very familiar to them, but a safari park in the mountains full of animals is an unknown world for them. The bus from Rikuzentakata to the safari park was full of excitement with voices of anticipation and anxiety.

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We felt like teachers taking children on a school trip. With the consideration of the manager at the safari park, a special tour was prepared for these children, and it was a great day out. Everyone brought their own delicious-looking packed lunches and we staff had enjoyed our lunches feeling like children again. We hope this would be a nice memory of the summer for the children who participated.

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We thought the children who had been so excited since the morning would be tired and fall asleep on the return journey. However, they were even more energetic than the in the morning. Even Tahir, who usually has a lot of stamina, was slightly running out of steam by the end of the day. We are very grateful to the mothers who accompanied the children and ourselves, and to the people who helped organize this event.

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2012.09.04 20:23 admin

2012.09.04 20:16

Events (07/22 Minami Exchange Center, Senmaya-cho, Rikuzentakata, Iwate; 07/25 MinamiSanriku-cho, Miyagi; 07/28 Oshima, Kesennuma, Miyagi)

Rentai Touhoku • Seinan Staff, Tahir here.

● 22nd July: Helping with the 'Pal Pal Exchange Programme' at Minami Exchange Center in Senmaya-cho

At the request of Senmaya Rotary Club, we provided Pakistani curry for the children in order to assist with the Pal Pal Exchange Programme.

The Pal Pal Exchange Programme is a project set up in 1985 to nurture healthy young people in the Konashi district of Senmayacho, Ichinoseki City and the Taishidou district of Setagaya, Tokyo. Since then, more than 2000 children have participated in training camps in the spring and summer.

Last years training camp had to be cancelled due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, but this year 30 children came to Senmaya-cho from 22nd to 28 July from Setagaya. The children from Setagaya stayed in the campsite until the 28th of July and participated in various events and took part in an exchange programme with the local children. Since our Pakistani curry was the opening event to welcome the children we tried very hard to make delicious curry for the children to enjoy.

We were invited by people of Senmaya, who always consider us as their family, so we tried to live up to their expectations, and we were honored that we were able to help with this event.

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● 25th July: Curry Event in Minamisanriku

On the 25th of July we carried out a curry event in the Minato district temporary housing estate in Minamisanriku. Although it was the first time for us to plan an event in this area, we were able to do this with the help of Mr Takahashi who owns a café restaurant in the Okago area of Fujisawa-cho.

Mr Takashi's parents reside in the Minato district temporary housing estate, and they supported us in making Pakistani curry. This event was held to provide the opportunity to vitalize communications between residents of the temporary housing estate and we provided curry as an evening meal. The meal being dinner, rather than lunch, everyone had more time to talk and the event was a success.

I don't need to mention that the delicious coffee and cake the Mr Takahashi provided after the meal played a large part in enabling everyone to relax and have a good time. The fifteen children who were present lit fireworks following the meal and enjoyed the summer evening fully.

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● 28th July: At Oshima

At the request of the Fukushi Social Service Committee of Kesennuma, on the 28th of July we visited three temporary housing estates in Oshima and helped vitalize communications among residents.

Oshima is an island located about 25 minutes by ferry from Kesennuma and has three temporary housing estates: Oshima Middle School Ground, Oshima Citizen's Holiday Facility, and Shin-Ohei Ground.

Due to the high proportion of elderly residents, these areas are lacking in communcation, often resulting in isolation. We don't think we can do enough just by visiting once, but we went this time with the hope that we could contribute even a little.

Residents gathered in their respective halls and we provided chai, and the Social Service Committee provided origami paper creating a place for conversation. We had a full-on schedule going round the three temporary housing estates from the morning, however the residents enjoyed our visit.

As this was not a curry event, we had more time than usual to talk to everyone and it was a fulfilling day.

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