Party under cherry blossoms
Please find a Japanese version of this report here.
(On April 19, 2014, we moved some of our stuff to a newly-rent apartment in Koriyama City, Fukushima, which we now call "Koriyama House". This report is about the move and the cherry-blossom party the following day from a viewpoint of a student volunteer.)
We departed Tokyo in a car with a lot of stuffs, heading for Koriyama. In a service area we stopped at, it felt chilly, and the beautiful cherry blossoms we could see through the windows of the car made me feel we were really approaching Koriyama.
After we arrived at Koriyama House, on the 8th floor, everyone was excited about the view of the Koriyama City and Shinkansen trains. The first group of people who arrived there cleaned up the apartment, and then the second group came, and we together brought the stuff in, opened up cardboard boxes, and built our Koriyama House little by little. We went shopping, and talked over on which should be put where. This feeling of "moving together" was new, and very enjoyable.
A hot spring after work till the night, and the house-warming party afterward, were my happy moments. We talked until very late, and I was impressed by the passionate thoughts everyone had in their heart.
We made rice balls in Koriyama House, and went to Kaiseizan Partk for a picnic. Children and their mothers also joined, and we had a wonderful time together with the sweets and dumplings they brought. It was a precious opportunity to have a talk with parents of our participating children. They welcomed the fact that now we have an office in Koriyama. We also had some nonsensical small talks, and all was in fact meaningful.
It was an opportunity that we could feel that Academy Camp is being accepted by people in Fukushima, and I could feel how wonderful Academy Camp is myself. Now that we have an office in Koriyama, we will have more opportunities to visit there. I would like to thank people who would welcome us anytime, and I hope Academy Camp can also evolve, answering the warmness of such people there.
The door to the new house
Building a lodging facility
A camp family reunion