寄付・募金・ボランティアのセーブ・ザ・チルドレン・ジャパン

Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami Emergency response and recovery program

“Go forward, Rikuzentakata Kids! Community Building Photographs” are released! (December 25, 2013)

The members of Rikuzentakata Children’s Community Building Club have been working on “Go forward, Rikuzentakata Kids! Community Building Photographs” since October. The children want to tell those both inside and outside of Tohoku about the “now” of Rikuzentakata through photographs, two and a half years on from the earthquake. Here we will showcase the photographs taken by children of Rikuzentakata! What did the children think was the “now” of Rikuzentakata?

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■The “now” of Rikuzentakata photographed by children■
A total of 19 children – from the sixth grade of elementary school to the second grade of high school – participated in the Community Photographs project. In addition to the 11 members from Rikuzentakata Children’s Community Building Club (Kizuna Club), eight other children also took part after club members asked their friends to join in, or after they saw flyers that were distributed at school. Please be sure to take a look at the photographs and messages filled with the thoughts of each and every child.

● Photos and Voices of Children

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Photo: Ippon matsu (a memorial lone pine tree in Rikuzentakata that survived the disaster)

Message: “Buildings were damaged by the tsunami, but a pine tree remained. The man-made structures were affected, but nature was strong.” (Male, Elementary School)

 

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Photo: Sunset in Rikuzentakata

Message: “We saw the beautiful sky of Rikuzentakata even after the city was affected by the disaster. There were lots of painful things, but we have many beautiful things here such as the bonds between people.” (Female, High School)

 

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Photo: A Treasure

Message: “This is a signboard of a café found in the debris caused by the tsunami. The word ‘debris’ sounds negative, but I feel this signboard is something like a wonderful treasure. March 11 is not a fun memory, however I want to smile and move on from the experiences of the disaster. Although we experienced hard things, we are moving forward!” (Female, High School)

 

■ “Community Photographs” – Work in cooperation with members of Kizuna Club■

The “Community Photographs” were planned, shot and produced by the children themselves while listening to the opinions of professional photographers and designers. The collected photographs were distributed to people from companies that support the people of the region and the activities of Kizuna Club at the 7th Rikuzentakata Children’s Community Building Club Report Meeting on Sunday December 15, 2013!

There will be even more progress next year! How is it best to tell those inside and outside of Tohoku about the thoughts of the children of Rikuzentakata using these photographs? The method the children thought about and decided upon is called “Clear File,” and we hope to present that to you soon. Please look forward to it!