Activity Focus 18th-23rd of April 2013

Activity Focus 

18th-23rd of April 2013 (introducing one part of Tono Magokoro Net’s activities)

‘Kamiosabe no Sato’: Weeding, tending flower beds and stripping withered cedars (Thursday 18th of April)

Around 20 volunteers, including some from Eon Group, took part in ‘Kamiosabe no Sato’ in Rikuzentakata City. They weeded wheat fields, tended flower beds and stripped cedars withered as a result of the salination caused by the tsunami. For lunch they received home made, piping hot curry rice and pickles from local women. After work had ended there was also time to hear stories from victims of the tsunami about the events at the time.

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‘Kamiosabe no Sato’: Weeding (Friday 19th of April)

Spring is the season of new growth. Absorbing the energy from the earth even weeds grow quickly. There were over 60 volunteers on the day at ‘Kamiosabe no Sato’ in Rikuzentakata City including members of the Astellas Labour Union and new employees from the Asahi Kasei Corporation. They spent a long time weeding in earnest in the wide Kamiosabe wheat fields. It is a surprisingly arduous job to stay crouched, carefully removing the weeds without damaging the wheat. It doubtless tired you out. Thank you very much!

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Magokoro no Sato 3 ‘the herb village’: Building a roof over the wood decking in front of Cube House (Saturday 20th April)

The front of the Cube House at the the Magokoro no Sato 3 herb village in Otsuchi has a lovely wooden decking. Now, with the aid of Tohoku Care, a roof is going to be fitted. On the day, the work involved digging the holes for the pillars that would support the roof and securing the pillars with concrete. The 15 or so volunteers took turns to transport by wheelbarrow fresh concrete from the mixer. A volunteer said that they were able to gain a very rare experience. Thank you for all your hard work!

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 Translation: Laurence Newbery-Payton

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