Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tsunami 5

In the three pictures above, each has two photos. The top photos shows the areas BEFORE the tsunami and the below photos, after. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the tsunami didn't just submerged the coast, the land collapsed as well.
In the last days of my journey, I participated to a festival. It happened in Ofunato, a small coastal town south of the area, I normally operated. As people were struggling in trying to rebuilt their shattered life, a festival was a nice change for them.

This is the place where the festival occurred. There and around
A bunch of us volunteered to help for the development of the festival. We first came to the town, to see what we were supposed to do. They asked us to play one of those puppet characters, as you can see in some big amusement parks.
Finally it was canceled, because the day of the festival was pissing rain, and they didn't want to spoil the outfits.
The next day we came early to help for building tents that would be used as stands, to make podiums and install tables.
All the materials. The green square packs are the tents
When we came the next day, it rained a lot. We did various tasks and one of them was to stand guard in the parking area to help the visitors to park their cars.
But with the rain, the visitors were scarce
Feeling wonderful...
I was cold, wet, and doing nothing did not help to get things better. My chief came and let me go inside to get warm. It was in the place were I tried these funny cartoons characters outfits. I had a nice hot drink. In next room, were a band of shamisen  (a kind of zither) and drum players. They came for a performance and were waiting for their turn. They offered me some drink.

Sorry nos sounds. My shitty camera did not have a microphone. But it's local folkloric music. quite nice.
Finally the festival ended with the speech of the local politicians who came to praise the good work of the people in their effort to rebuild their town. 
There were two sets of ideas how to rebuilt the region. One was to leave the lowland grow back to wilderness and build the house on higher ground (the nearby surrounding hills) and the other was to elevate the lowland by five to ten meters high and build houses on it, then to add some big tsunami proof dam.

Every eleventh of the month, Magokoro would make a remembering ceremony for the tsunami victims (which occurred on March eleventh). We would go through that corridor and then, there would be one minute of silent meditation. Then, each of us would introduce her/himself and expose why she/he would come and help. 

Some evening we would all meet in the boy's dormitory room and set a nice dinner where everyone was participating. It was nice and we had fun (even thought, I could almost not  understand a word of what was being said).

VoilĂ ! I'm done with this. Nothing more to say.
The end.

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