5月後半訪日中初めて東北を訪問。宮城県で被災地支援する『め組JAPAN』に参加しました。その時の旅日記です。「ひまわりプロジェクト」に参加。2日前のツイートによると、今年初ひまわりが咲いたそうです。ツイートされた写真をiPhoneで撮影しました。↓ "Megumi JAPAN, Eastern Japan Trip": I visited Eastern Japan for the first time during my Japan trip in later half of May, 2012. I participated "Megumi JAPAN" who has been supporting the disaster area since 3-11-2011. The project I was assigned was "Seeds of Hope" sunflower project. Two days ago they tweeted the photo of the first bloom of the Sunflower in the area. I took it with my iPhone and uploaded it here.
"Megumi JAPAN"'s headquarter is located near "Rikuzen-Toyosato" station in Miyagi Prefecture. I left my hotel in Shinjuku at 8 AM on May 18th. I took an "Chuo-kaisoku" express train to Tokyo Station. Then, I took Shinkansen bullet trains to Sendai and Furukawa stations. I took 3 more local lines from there and reached "Rickuzen-Toyosato" at 1 PM. It's 18 minute walking distance from there. I asked to call a taxi. I got to "Megumi JAPAN" in 2 minutes. It took 5 hours one way from Tokyo.
It was raining in Eastern Japan while I was riding trains. It stopped raining when I got to "Rikuzen-Toyosato" station and became cloudy. I saw the slide of photos taken right after the 3-11-2011 disaster in Ishinomaki area and helped packing Sunflower seeds for 20 seeds per plastic bag, and dowsing off from the jet-lag in the afternoon. There were several inside, but 15 people were out volunteering in the rain. They came back little after 5 PM.
午後7時から皆で夕飯タイム。その日は沖縄名物タコライスと卵焼きでした。ご馳走。美味しかったです。 Dinner time from 7 PM wit everyone. The menu was "Taco Rice" from Okinawa and Tamagoyaki Omelet. It was delicious.
Two local ladies come to prepare dinner every day. It's a great relief for the volunteers who work all day in the disaster area and come back. They don't have to drag their tired bodies to prepare dinner. The delicious dinner seemed to create vital energy and willingness there.
A big room is used for men, and two small rooms are used for women to fold out Futon beds and sleep. There are some Futon and blankets that people left. You need to bring your own bath towels for shower.
Everyone wakes up at 7 am, and finishes breakfast and cleaning. There is Radio-taiso exercise and morning meeting from 8 am. Everyone leaves for Ishinomaki, the project area at 9 am. It was bright and sunny from morning. It was the first sunny day in 10 days or so in the area.
宮城県石巻市双葉町・小学校 An Elementary School in Futaba-cho, Ishinomaki, Miyagi 大津波の被害にあい、建物は残ったけれど、火災に逢った小学校。
An elementary school building remained after the giant Tsunami waves, but it suffered a fire.
海沿いに高く積み上げられたガレキ Debris piled up high along the coastal line 遠くに高く積み上げられたガレキを望遠ズームで撮影。人が住めなくなった海岸部分にあります。
I took a photo of the debris piled up high and very far with my camera zoom lens. They are piled up along the coastal line where people can no longer live.
We took out the remaining debris and weeds and dag the soil, and planted Sunflower seeds at the house we got a permission. We did this one house at a time.
There used to be many housings in the area. The volunteer work continues until 4 pm or later each day.
がんばろう、石巻！ Let's Do Our Best, Ishinomaki!
高速バスと新幹線の時間があるので、4時前に出て石巻駅まで送ってもらいました。駅では手塚治虫のアニメキャラクターが迎えてくれました。 I asked a project member to give me ride to Ishinomaki Station little before 4 pm to catch an express bus to Sendai Station and a bullet train. Some characters from Osamu Tezuka's Anime welcomed me at Ishinomaki Station.
ローカル電車は本数が少ないので、震災後臨時で石巻駅から出ている高速バス（仙台駅前まで850円）が便利と教えてもらいました。仙台駅まで1時間45分ほどで到着。 There only a few local lines from Rikuzen-Toyosato. After 3-11-11 disaster, an express bus line exists from Ishinomaki Station to Sendai Station (850 yen, $11). It reached Sendai Station in 1 hour 45 minutes.
伯養軒・帆立釜飯 Scallop Pot Rice by Hakuyoken 新幹線の中で買った駅弁。むつ湾産の帆立を使った釜飯。950円ぐらいでした。最後の1個。ラッキー！
A bento box I got inside Shinkansen bullet train. Scallops are from Mutsu Bay in the north. It's cooked in a pot. It was around 950 yen ($12.35) and the last one left. I was lucky!
Some people who live in Los Angeles and experienced volunteering with "Megumi JAPAN" told me, "Seeing once is worth hearing it over 100 times. It's better to experience it yourself than hearing it from others." So, I went to experience it myself. I agree and understand the meaning of it. Japan is still a wonderful county!
There are many volunteers in early 20's. They save money and come to volunteer. They keep repeating it, called "Student team". There are some who quit their works and came to the disaster area right after 3-11-11 and remained there. There are several who has a regular full time job on Monday to Friday, and drive to the area Friday night and volunteer in the area on Saturday and Sunday. They drive back to work in Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, Kanto-area Sunday night and work from Monday morning, called "Weekend team". Thank you for your helping hands and spirits.
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