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November 2014

We are reporting the activity of “Komo’s English Reading Club at Rikuzentakata” that was held in November of 2014.

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[Dates and venue]

  • Friday, 14th November Night at “Riku Café” and “Mobilia Temporary Meeting Place”
  • Saturday, 15th November: 9am until 5.30pm at “Araya Mama House”
  • Sunday, 16th November: 9 to 12 at “Araya Mama House”

[Number of Participants]

  • 36 people (total 38 participants if counts two times participants)

[Volunteer coaches]

  •  9 members (amongst those 8 members participated the entire time and 4 participated partly) (2 New Members)

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(Photo: volunteer coach members at the end on the 16th of November)

【3 Key Topics of the Month 】

  1. Fourth grade elementary school student, self introduction in English
  2. English Reading Club at Rikuzentakata third anniversary party
  3. Time capsule project

 

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1. Fourth grade elementary school student, self introduction in English

There are a wide age range of participants from elementary school students to people in their 70’s in our English Reading Club at Rikuzentakata. We use different material for each person as everyone is at a different stage.

This time, the person who got attention at progress was fourth grade elementary school student A. He practiced her self introduction in English with the volunteer coaches for 90 minutes. He could do it in English very well by the time we finished our reading club!

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He had a great concentration, absorption and curiosity. Rikuzentakata is a rural town and the population is decreasing, also our city is still recovering from the tsunami disaster. However, I must say that I feel I see the future light from seeing these children’s growth moment.

 

2.English Reading Club at Rikuzentakata third anniversary party

It was the third anniversary for the English Reading Club at Rikuzentakata so they celebrated it as a surprize on Saturday the 15th at night!

They were planning and preparing a lot of things with both Tokyo and Rikuzentakata clubs voluntarily by Hanasou Trust since a few month ago. I sort of knew it but still I didn’t know about the details the whole time and it was just a parade of surprises and it was impressive.

There are messages from Riding Club members, a message from Barcelona and messages from Tokyo Reading Club members… On top of that, there was even a video message where someone sang their original song made by them for this day.

Some members living close by came too. The venue was at ‘Araya Mama House’ owned by Fumiko Osaka who has been doing this club together for three years. For the past three years, our club would not have existed if no one came so I feel ‘A big thank to the participants who came to this club and celebrated them!’.

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The photo was taken at the party. The thing I (Komo) have on my head is not something to show I was trying to dress up as a woman, it’s an evidence that I was welcomed by crackers:)

Thank you dearly to everyone joining in this activity.

 

3. Time capsule project

Taking this ‘third anniversary’ opportunity, I think the movement how we go in terms of the promised ‘continuing this for 10 years!’ will show up. I will consider what to do for more people to get familiar with English and so on. However, whatever development our reading club has in the future, I would protect the organic and humane atmosphere that has been kept and taken care of.

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Everyone, the participant members of English Reading Club, they must have thoughts for the ‘future’ and the past three years each including those people who support Hanasou Trust.

This time, initiative volunteers came up with the idea of burying a ‘time capsule’ somewhere around English Reading Club at Rikuzentakata venue. Opening time will be set for 2021. The year ‘10 years’ from the start of English Reading Club at Rikuzentakata that I promised that I will continue this club at least 10 years, so the plan is to open once we achieved 10 years.

(Komo)

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