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April 2019

This is Komo’s English@Sanriku April report.

  •  Participants :                      30 (one new participation)
  • Volunteer coaches :            12 (include 1 new coach, 2 partial participation)

Although we missed some members due to graduation and the beginning of a new school year, there were 30 participants this month. If we add members who visited the day care center, the participation number was over 50! There were 12 volunteer coaches. Some of them arrived on the night bus and there was also a visitor from overseas who decided to join us. He was a pen-pal to one of the Rikuzentakata participants. There were new faces and returnees that made the gathering so much more fun. 

On Friday evening, Mr. J who has been an ALT in Rikuzentakata joined us as a volunteer coach for one last time before he went home to America. After the lesson, we sent him off with thank you gifts, many hugs and a promise to see each other again. 

We saw a new side of our long-term participant! We visited his work shop to learn about the camellia oil production process. We saw the oil extraction process for the first time and were very impressed with the effort that went into the production.  

We visited the Eastern Day Service Center on Saturday afternoon. The monthly visit is a Komo’s English@Rikuzentakata’s extracurricular activity. The project is to deliver singing lessons to the residents at the facility. We practice “Furusato” in English. We usually start out with the Japanese version together and then practice the first verse in English. We conclude our 20-30 minutes session with singing in Japanese.

Afterwards we proceed into a lesson by the residents. We learn many local music and dance from them and today was no exception. The residents danced “Rikuzentakata Ondo” at the conclusion and we joined them for this cheerful dancing.

Mr. Teiichi Sato of the Sato Seed Company has been our member from very early on. He continues to diligently work on his communication English. His stories told from the perspective of the disaster area and the affected local individual have become more refined and powerful after the announcement of sales of the DVD, “Iki No Ato (Trace of breath)”. The movie is based on Mr. Sato’s experiences. 
We love all seasons but from Spring into early Summer, the mountains look glorious with the blossoming of various flowers.

See you next month!

(Komo&Hiroko)

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