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Children’s Community Building Club: Construction Site Tour for the Ishinomaki City Children’s Center (November 27, 2013)

The Ishinomaki City Children’s Center that Ishinomaki Children’s Community Building Club has been working on since the fall of 2011 will be completed in mid-December. Following on from the last site tour in September, on November 10 we once again visited the Children’s Center that was then about 70% complete. This was a tour of the construction site that was realized due to the wishes of the members of the club: “We want to see once again where the walls and floors of the rooms are being made.”

 

■Children’s Center packed with the thoughts of children■

The Children’s Center is a two-story wooden structure with a rooftop. The members designed the rooms on each floor and the interiors to their satisfaction.

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■The vision of how to use the Center has expanded!■

The members of the club took photographs while touring inside the Children’s Center. The construction was even more advanced than at their last visit. The children looked around each of the rooms that have taken shape with their hopes and ideas, and images swelled in their heads about how they would be able to use the building.

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The children checked under the floor of the soundproofed room from the first floor gallery. The members of the club then took photos of the sections that are made of special materials.

 

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This is the open kitchen next to the gallery. The children continued their tour while imagining when they would be using this room: “Yee-ha! We can call out to others from the kitchen this way!”

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This book corner has some features like a hidden room. We discovered it is a place not only to keep books but also where it is possible for children to hide away! The members of the club said, “This is a calming place.”

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The members also confirmed the existence of some large pillars in the Children’s Center. They could feel the warmth of the wood while touching them.

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They attempted to imitate scenes from after the opening of the Children’s Center at the entrance to the office. “I think the staff of the Children’s Center will greet us like this.”

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“Hey!” The members of the club waved their hands toward the spacious square on the first floor from the rooms on the second floor. This space is highly recommended by members as it enables them to communicate between the first and second floors.

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This is a completely dark room. Let’s take a peek inside…

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This is the soundproofed Room 3! The plan is to paint the ceiling/inner walls red and the outer walls black in the image of “City of Rock ‘n’ Roll = Ishinomaki.*” The members of the club say, “This is seriously good! Just as we had dreamed!”

* Ishinomaki is a Japanese word that can be broken into “ishi” and “maki”. Ishi means rock and maki means roll in Japanese.

 

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Finally, the members toured Room 4, which will also be used for the activities of the Children’s Community Building Club. The children were very satisfied with the glass-enclosed space and long whiteboard: “This room is really spacious! There is a sense of openness!”

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The members gave various comments after the trip. “I feel the building has really taken shape since the last tour.” “I’ve gone crazy because this building has just put me in such high spirits!” It appears the expectations toward the completion of the building have increased even further through this construction site tour. Each of the members imagined how they will use the Children’s Center after it is finished.

There is now finally just one month until the completion of construction. Please look forward to the completion of the Children’s Center that has been realized through the cooperation of a great many people.

(Reported by Emi Sugawara, Sendai Office)