We’ve finally started the fully fledged schedule in Rikuzentakata-city today. We participated in a program to tear off a core of Wakame and to walk around the affected areas with a storyteller in Nagahora genki village(http://www.nagahoragenki.jp/). It was Jay-san and Sioned’s first time to tear off a core of Wakame so they were amazed by that and enjoying to talk with the ladies at the village. Also a lady guided us to the affected areas, showed us the inside of a house damaged by tsunami and told us what happened there on that day. It was impressive to us that Jay-san was quietly listening to the ladies’ stories with nodding.
After that, we visited an observatory at Hakoneyama, the memorial site for the earthquake and the miracle lone pine tree. At the miracle lone pine tree, Jay-san was taking the meaning of its name in his own way that he thinks ‘hope’ would be better than ‘miracle’ for English translation while he was taking pictures there. I wonder these kinds of his emotions will lead to his art works someday…
Luckily, we could meet Kazuyoshi Kouno at Yagisawa-syoten and he told us precios stories about his company. We really appreciated the wonderful meetings with everyone today again! We’re planning to see around the city tomorrow as well. We’ll look forward to meeting YOU!