Greetings to all of those lovely akabekos and akabekettes out there! Last month’s photo
contest, Contrast, was exceptionally close! Our favourite neighbourhood kiwi, Rokan, came away as the victor. For winning, he received a free treat from Baskin Robins. Check out his winning-picture here!
For July, the photo competition’s theme is The Opportune
Moment. Whether is be an unexpected photobomb, capturing nature as it happens, or a great sports moment, you are free to interpret the theme as you see fit.
Please send in your best shots to <firstname.lastname@example.org>, along with your name and the title of your picture (if it has one). We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
The deadline for submissi
Happy Shooting!ons is: Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
On June 22 and 23, the Playground of Hope team led by Michael Anop and a group of 12 Fukushima ALTs came together on a 2 day endeavour to brighten the days of the Shinchi town daycare children. The new playground, sponsored by Eyes for Fukushima, was built over the weekend and stands over 3 meters tall! In addition, the existing jungle gym, bar sets, and slides were all sanded, cleaned and re-painted. Check out the completed project and photos here. Make sure to like their page, and check to see if they will be sponsoring any builds close to you!
FUKU ROCK 13
Want to listen to live music? Want to help a great cause that supports volunteering organizations all over the prefecture? Like all you can drink hard and soft drinks? Them come out to FUKU ROCK 13! Eyes for Fukushima is hosting the live music event at “Club Neo” on July 6. All types of music will be played including acoustic rock, hard rock, electronica, dance, etc. All proceeds will benefit the ON THE ROAD charity who are doing great work around the disaster affected areas. It will definitely be a great time, and for a great cause. Check out the event page here.
Odaka Volunteering Center
Odaka, the southern ward of Minamisoma city, was badly affected by the Tsunami and Earthquake disaster, and still remains mostly evacuated till this day. Fortunately, the city has organized a volunteer and clean up center aiming to restore Odaka by creating projects to clean up, maintain, and rebuild the necessary parts of the town, along with the houses of currently evacuated victims. This volunteer center runs everyday, morning through afternoon, 10:00AM until 6:00PM. If you are interested in volunteering, you may reach the center at 0244-26-8934 (JAPANESE ONLY) between the previously mentioned hours. They offer room board for overnighters, and bus service from Haramachi station when requested (though self transportation is preferred if possible). Groups are also welcomed! Check out the webpage here (JAPANESE).
On June 8th and 9th we took part in Cycle Aid Japan 2013, a mass-participation cycling event to raise money for victims of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. Twelve rides of varying lengths were scheduled over two weekends in three affected prefectures in Tohoku. You can find out more about the event here. We chose two rides that were nearest to our home in Koriyama, and our friend Brad joined us. Read more
As the turtle’s head, arms, tail, and shell slowly disappeared, a dozen 6-7 year old children sit weeping while an elder Japanese lady laughs to her heart’s content. If this scene sounds strange, it’s because it truly was. But then again, teaching students this young week after week yields some interesting memories. Read more
As part of a training run leading up to the Mount Fuji climb, a group of us FuJETs climbed Mount Hiuchigatake in Oze National Park. Oze is a beautiful nature park located in Minami-Aizu, as far southeast as you can get and still be in Fukushima prefecture.