"Hope children spend days smiling"
"Hope their smiles heal you all with them"
"We will watch you grow up all the while"
"Hope you all have a smile on your face"
"Don't forget your smile"
"Go get on with your life"
"We support you"
Morioka is the capital city of Iwate-ken. Morioka city officials, Iwate University professors, Iwate citizen volunteers and their friends are steering "Morionette," a local social networking service. Immediately after the quake and the tsunami hit Iwate-ken and Tohoku and Kanto regions, Morionette set up an open community to share various information about the quake, the tsunami, the devastated areas, safety of friends, relatives and acquaintances, evacuation centers, efforts to help victims and refugees, etc.
And it started a project to collect stationery and send them to children in evacuation centers.
Still very cold these days in the Tohoku region. Cold wind comes through the broken window and plastic sheets taped on it. My landlord worried about students and other people in the room if they feel cold.
The landlord kept calling the glazier on Sunday, yesterday.
The glazier came and fixed it.
Now no more cold wind through the window.
Brand new, clean glass is like a mirror, reflecting me :)
Looks like no window. Very transparent!
Now we need blinds :)
"Magokoro" writes "まごころ" in Hiragana, "真心" in Kanji, which literally means "true heart". "I welcome you with 'Magokoro'" means "I greet you with great cordiality".
Magokoro shop was shaken greatly by the quake, then all the gifts, samples and her patchwork quilt on display cabinets, racks and shelves fell over.
I told Magokoro owner about my project, and she loved it. :)
She and her grandsons brought me several boxed blankets and towels.
My transportation vehicle is a bicycle.
If you want to use your car now in Ichinoseki, you have to make a long line to get gas.
You can save gas by using a bicycle. But problems are that you can not carry many things or big things, and that you don't want to use it when it rains or sleets or snows.
Today she brought me her pickup truck!
Then I decided to name my project "Magokoro project"