On April 28th, 49th day after the tsunami, joint Buddhist memorial service was held in 4 temples in Rikuzentakata, Iwate, Japan. More than 1000 people came to the temples and prayed for the victims of the quake and tsunami.
In Rikuzentakata, next to Ichinoseki, 1422 people have been found dead and 795 people are still missing.
Yesterday the police told that there have been 14028 deaths, 12384 missing and 130852 evacuees.
On April 15th it was 13591 deaths, 14497 missing and 138212 evacuees.
Yesterday's local newspaper, Iwate Nichinichi, reported that 1057 evacuees are staying or living in Ichinoseki, 613 from Kesennuma (Miyagi), 258 from Rikuzentakata (Iwate), 50 from Minamisoma (Fukushima), 49 from Ichinoseki (Iwate) and 31 from Minamisanriku (Miyagi).
It also reported that Ichinoseki's 11 elementary schools accepted 55 students and 10 junior high schools accepted 22 students from the devastated areas, 32 from Iwate-ken, 30 from Miyagi-ken and 15 from Fukushima-ken.
Still many people are having hard time in crowded evacuation centers.
Children are having boring time there.
I am trying to upgrade my project, "Magokoro project," by getting a car, going to the devastated areas, visiting evacuees in evacuation centers, picking them up and taking them to my school.
When I visit them, I would like to have fun with children and entertain them with my English lesson.
Ichinoseki, Iwate-ken, where I live, is next to Kesennuma, Miyagi-ken.
With two cars my partner and her colleagues, whose daily works from Monday to Saturday are to visit and care for the aged at home, went to Kesennuma, on Sunday, April 17th.
They were shocked by what they saw through the car window.
It was the first time for them to visit the devastated area after March 11 Quake and Tsunami.
They visited Kesennuma Volunteer Ceter first, and got registered and insured, then instructed to go to a kindergarten.
They worked with other volunteers from Sotoshu Volunteer Association and a local fire company to clean up rooms in the kindergarten.
A high school student at the evacuation center in Akahama elementary school, Otsuchi, Iwate, went out and tried to call her friend with her cell phone but it did not have any reception, out of service (OOS).