Miyagi, Fukushima-Day 3 / 宮城・福島にて-3日

-From Chad Cannon, ICEP Coodinator

Today we had wonderful visits to the Higashimatsushima Omagari Elementary School and to the Fukushima National Hospital. The weather was cool, but beautiful, with rainbows appearing over Fukushima National Hospital after some rainfall in the afternoon. Wenhong was very happy because her name in Chinese means “rainbow”!

We were welcomed at Omagari by the principal, Mr. Suzuki, and by Mr.Sugiyama, a loyal supporter of Music Sharing who has helped us with programs in Tohoku in the past. Mr. Suzuki told me a bit about the school and its experience with the 2011 Tsunami and Earthquake. The school had been submerged by 1.9m (about 6 feet) of water, so was not destroyed but was badly damaged. They lost 11 students in the actual disaster, and enrollment at the school has dropped from 425 to 269, about -40%, as many families have decided to relocate to other areas after having lost everything in the disaster. Even though the number of students declined, the teachers warmly and strongly touched the students unchanged.
The students were very engaged when Midori and the quartet members performed. I was happy to be able to visit Miyagi again this long after the tsunami, so that in a small way we send a message that the victims of the tsunami have not been forgotten!

In Fukushima, I enjoyed meeting the wonderful staff members at the National Hospital, who do such a great job of caring for their patients. While I was in the back of the room, I made friends with one of patient, who was able to speak a little English to Wenhong! He seemed to really enjoy when Wenhong performed a little bit of Bach just for him. We visited 3 parts of the hospital, and then performed a concert for the students of the nursing school, which is just next door to the hospital. The students were mostly female, and had very positive reactions to the performance.

Then the quartet rehearsed at the hospital until late in the evening, and now we are on the shinkansen to Yonezawa!

〜チャド・キャノン(ICEPコーディネーター)より

今日は、東松島市立大曲小学校と国立病院機構福島病院を訪問しました。涼しいけれどとても良い天気でした。午後は少し雨が降りましたが、その後、空には虹がかかりました。ウェンホンは自分の名前が中国語で「虹」の意味だということで、とても喜んでいました!

大曲小学校の鈴木校長先生と、以前、東北地方への訪問プログラムも手伝ってくれたミュージック・シェアリングのご協力者、杉山先生に迎えていただきました。鈴木先生は、2011年の津波と地震の時に小学校がどんな状況だったかを少し話してくれました。学校は1.9m(約6フィート)も浸水し、破壊はまぬがれたもののひどく損傷したそうです。実際の災害でこの小学校の11人の生徒が亡くなり、多くの家庭が災害時にすべてを失って他の地域へ移住したため、在校生徒の数は425人から269人へと約4割も減ってしまいましたが、生徒が減少しても、先生方は変わらず温かく力強く接していました。みどりとカルテットのメンバーが演奏している時、生徒たちは熱心に聴き入っていました。津波から時間が経った今、この宮城を訪ねて、津波の犠牲者のことを決して忘れないというメッセージを少しでも送ることができたのは嬉しいことでした。

福島病院では、患者のお世話という大切な仕事をしているスタッフの方々に会いました。また、ウェンホンに一生懸命英語で話しかけていた患者の一人と友達になりました! ウェンホンが彼だけのためにバッハを少し演奏した時は本当に喜んでいました。私たちは病院の中の3箇所と、病院のすぐ隣の附属看護学校の看護学生のためにコンサートを行いました。ほとんどが女学生でしたが、とても積極的に演奏を聴いてくれました。

その後、病院で夜遅くまでカルテットの練習をして、今は新幹線で米沢に向かっています!


 
-From Midori, Violin

I totally missed writing my first blog entry. I was supposed to do it on Monday, which was our first day of activities. Today is already Wednesday, and in the last two days, everything is going well (sort of). There have not been any major accidents, and the presentations have left us with inspiration. That Jeremias had forgotten to change back to his shoes after the hospital visit yesterday and had arrived at the train station in slippers, or that I realized in the middle of the first school presentation today that I was wearing my T-shirt backwards are just minor accidents. Everything is actually going really well, and we are covering many miles already!

This morning arrived for us at a small pension near the Yamoto Station, about 70 minutes on the train from Sendai. We played for two groups of classes as well as for the special ed. class at the Oomagari Elementary School.

The morning school has had about a 40% decrease in the number of students, according to the principal, from the Earthquake/Tsunami in 2011. Eleven had lost their lives but the rest have been re-located in the aftermath. Today, we played for the 5th and 6th grade class first followed by the 4th graders, then the special ed class. They all were very attentive!

We train-ed from Rikuzenakai Station to Sugagawa Station, with a lunch stop at Sendai Station. There were rows of restaurants at the station, and it was extremely impressive how quickly the lunch was served despite it not being a fast restaurant. It was efficient, and right after lunch, we efficiently got to the Fukushima National Hospital. After three presentations, some individual room visits, and a performance for the students of the Nursing School, we rehearsed. We are now back on the train, on our way to Yonezawa. Tomorrow will bring more adventures.

~ 五嶋みどり(ヴァイオリン)より

活動初日の月曜が私のブログ担当日だったのですが、すっかり忘れてしまっていて、今日は既に水曜日。この2日間は大きなハプニングもなく、すべて順調(?)で、訪問先でのプレゼンテーションは私たちに新たなインスピレーションを呼び起こしてくれます。昨日、病院での訪問コンサートを終えて駅に着くと、ヘレミアスが靴に履き替えるのを忘れていて病院のスリッパのままだった、とか、今日最初に訪問した学校のプレゼンテーションの途中まで、私がICEPのTシャツを後ろ前に着ていたことに気づかなかった、とか、そういうことは大したアクシデントではないですし、すべてうまく行っていて、もうかなりの距離を移動しています。

夕べは仙台から電車で1時間ちょっとかかる矢本駅近くのペンションに宿泊。今朝訪問した大曲小学校は、校長先生がおっしゃるには、震災で11人の生徒が亡くなり、被災のため引越を余儀なくされた生徒もいて、生徒数は震災前の40%も減少してしまったとのこと。5、6年生と4年生の2つのグループと特別学級の子どもたちに演奏し、みんな熱心に聴いてくれました。

次の訪問先に向けて、陸前赤井の駅から須賀川駅へ移動する途中、仙台駅でランチ。選びきれないほどのレストランがあって、ファストフードのお店でもないのにすぐにオーダーしたものが出てきて感動!極めて効率よくランチを済ませ、また電車を乗り継ぎ、国立病院機構 福島病院に到着。3回プレゼンテーションを行い、病室をいくつか回り、看護学校の生徒たちにも演奏をした後、そのまま居残り練習。そしてまた電車に飛び乗って、山形牛で有名な米沢に向かっています。明日はもっと色々なことがありそう。

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