The second Tohoku volunteer trip with Hands On Tokyo on June 12-14 was quite a success!!
- The first day we spent in Yamamoto-cho, helping out at some houses; moving debris. I ended up befriending the old lady there and I gave her an omamori (lucky charm). She ended up giving me head wraps that were a great use for the hard work we were doing; they are normally for house builders.
- The second day we spent serving coffee and tea and hand made treats to all the victims living in Oshika-cho. We played with the kids, teaching them games and such and talked with the adults about their lives and their ideas of the future.
- The third day we spend in Ishinomaki port helping a canned food company get back on its feet.
There are a few new pics at the bottom and videos bellow that I didn’t get a chance to upload before:
The third Tohoku volunteer trip with Hands On Tokyo on June 19-21 was also a great success!!
- The first day we spent again in Yamamoto-cho, helping out at the houses. This time we helped clean mud out from under the floors as well as to resurface yards so that the soil is usable again (the salt basically killed all the plants besides some trees and some grasses). This time I went back to see the Obasan that I’d given the omamori to the previous weekend and she said to come back again next week June 26-28 (which I’ll be doing) and she’ll have something for me! Also, I met an Ojisan, named Togashi-san, that had been part of the Japanese Defense Force in the Japanese Army. Apparently he’d been a very high ranking officer and was very important. He had pictures that he showed me with him meeting the Emperor, pics with him and famous Japanese actors/actresses and athletes too. The Emperor even wrote a personal letter, written in Calligraphy, to him and had all his awards and metals from the military arranged around it. He had also been really big into track and field, and had pictures of when he was chosen to be one of the torch-bearers in the 64′ Tokyo Olympics! He lives in the small town of Yamamoto-cho with his family and is helping everyone to rebuild and encouraging them. I gave him an omamori and he ended up giving me one right there on the spot! It is one of his pins from some award he got a long time ago. I’m hopping I can end up staying at his place for a while so I can keep helping and learn Japanese faster!
- The second day we did another cafe in Oshika-cho, but this time we served ice-cream with toppings and iced coffee and tea, along with a bunch of homemade cookies/brownies/cupcakes and also some fruits. It was perfect for the nice hot, sunny day that we were there. The kids played a bunch of games this time too. We also brought them some new soccer balls and volley balls so they can all have something to play with while the grownups wait for supplies to bring back to their homes and shelters.
- The third day I actually wasn’t there because I had to take the Shinkansen back the previous night so I could run some personal errands. However, the rest of the volunteers wen’t back to the canning company in Ishinomaki port to help out there again (the third time Hands On Tokyo has been there).
There are some pics at the bottom and videos bellow from the third trip: