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January 2019

Happy New Year!! The Komo’s English@Sanriku is still going strong in January, 2019

• Total participants : 29 (Some participants came to multiple sessions making total participation to 31)
• Volunteer coaches : 11 (full participation 7, partial participation 4)

This January Komo’s English coincided with the National Center Test for University Admissions day. We were surprised to see so many participants amid the severe flu epidemic in Rikuzentakata. Each of our students are very interested in the English language and each one has a theme to work on. The main objective of Komo’s English is to provide support that aligns with each student’s theme and thus we employ a one-on-one style for our lessons. Volunteer coaches support frequency, who support this type of classes, varies. Yet the number of coaches who have been with us is not small either.

Ms. W, who was a regular participant, has moved overseas but she still comes back to the class once a year. We had the pleasure of her joining us this month despite her busy stay in Japan. Ms. Y, who made her second appearance this month, is a new member who joined us for the first time last year. We are delighted to see when a new member repeats the lesson. We also have members who have been diligently attending almost every month. With March being around the corner, the 8th anniversary of the disaster is coming close. We have nothing but our gratitude for our friends who have been part of Komo’s English.

Around this time every year we receive a collage of Christmas and New Year wishes. Despite the fact it has been almost 8 years since the great disaster, there are so many people far away from Japan who care enough about us to send such card every year. We have had 3 people from our group visit Spain in the past as well. To reciprocate their kindness, the members of Komo’s English, both participants and coaches, each sign the card and send it to Spain every year too. Friends forever!

We are continuing our visit to the Day Service Center that we started last December! This month, a total of three members including Mr. Komori visited the facility. 20 people from the Center joined us. Based on the experience from the last visit, we shortened the English song practice time for “Furusato (My Hometown).” We then spent the rest of the remaining time having the grandpas and grandmas at the center teach us locally known traditional songs. Their repertoire included, Hirota Kouta, Nesaki Tairyo, Hirota Jinku, Okosa Bushi…etc, etc… We couldn’t have learnt these festive band type songs unless we spent time with them in person.

We are meeting more people from the area as our activity base is broadens. We are thrilled to have started the new year in such a fulfilling way. Looking forward to the exciting year ahead.

(Komo&Hiroko)

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