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Sending out the energy of high school students: School festivals at Takata High School and Kuji-Higashi High School (November 12, 2013)

There was fine autumn weather in Sanriku after a typhoon had passed. Under the refreshing blue sky, many schools hold festivals in this season, and people enjoy the events and booths selling rich seafood, the specialty of Sanriku. We visited the festivals at Takata High School and Kuji-Higashi High School in Iwate Prefecture that we support through the “Suntory-SCJ Scholarship for Recovery of the Fisheries Industry,” in cooperation with Suntory Holdings. I would like to share with you the activities of these energetic high school students.

 

■ Iwate Prefectural Takata High School

Takata High School used to be located in Rikuzentakata City, but was massively damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake. As they are currently unable to use the school buildings of Takata High School, they temporarily use the Kayanaka school buildings (the old Ofunato Agricultural High School) of Ofunato-Higashi High School (opened by the school merger in 2008), located in the neighboring city of Ofunato.

 

[Takako Festival]

The school festival of Takata High School, the “Takako Festival,” was held on September 1. The cheerful smiles of students greeted the visitors to the festival.

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This is Kento Noda, who gave a speech as a student representative at the scholarship presentation ceremony. In the hot sun, he was attracting customers by holding a handmade sign and calling out. The name of his store was “Daikoku-ya,” which made me wonder what they do at the booth. So following the sound of his voice, I investigated Daikoku-ya!

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What they were doing there was a “diving demonstration,” utilizing their experience of practical training that they had received in the marine system course they belong to. I never thought that I would see someone diving somewhere other than in the ocean or a river. Some of their diving equipment had been provided by Save the Children Japan (SCJ). They looked comfortable to use, and we received the OK from them.

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Other students from the same course were grilling scallops for sale. The price for one scallop, a product from Yoshihama of Ofunato City, was 200 yen! I asked one of the students how the sale of their products was going. The student, who was working very hard to grill scallops, answered, “Horrible. Our scallops will be sold out very soon!” As he had said, their scallops were all sold out by around noon. They were so delicious with the sweetness of scallops condensed with the smell of ocean!

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At a different venue they were selling fresh handmade bread straight from the oven, in addition to cans and “mirin-boshi” (dried fish seasoned with mirin).

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Their handmade bread was also selling well. Out the back of where they were selling the warm fresh bread, students were working hard making their products.

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The performance of a rhythmic gymnastics club invited from Morioka Municipal High School was overwhelming! The festival was a great success, having events such as a haunted house, coffee shop, “mochimaki” (rice cake rolling), fair stalls and a performance by a brass band. Some students even had to go shopping for additional produce in the midst of the festival. During their busy time, however, all the students were showing their brilliant smiles.
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■ Iwate Prefectural Kuji-Higashi High School

Kuji City, located in the northern coastal area of Iwate Prefecture, has become famous this year through “Jee jee jee,” a local dialect expression of surprise, which has became well known through a TV drama. Kuji-Higashi High School is located in Kuji City. It is a comprehensive high school that offers seven subject streams of learning and 11 integrated optional subjects. Their boathouse was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 2011, which made a considerable impact upon their practical training in the marine science stream.

 

[Toko Festival]

The school festival of Kuji-Higashi High School, the “Toko Festival,” was held on October 19 and 20. I could enjoy the wide range of activities that comprehensive schools are able to offer.

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The first place I visited was a booth of marine science students selling canned goods. Students made these cans as part of their practical training at the Miyako Fisheries High School of Iwate. They could not sell these cans at the school festival last year, because they were still at the stage of test production.

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I had an opportunity to meet two students from the marine science class, who are also recipients of the Suntory-SCJ scholarship, and asked them about their school life and what they recommended to do at their school festival.

 

Q: What are you currently working on at school?

A1: I am doing research on the development of products using “inada” (young yellowtail) as have probably never been seen by people before.

A2: I am studying very hard to become a navigation officer. I learn about ship structure, as well as the content of various jobs required for different types of ship.

Q: Has the “Suntory-SCJ Scholarship for Recovery of the Fisheries Industry” been helpful for you?

A: As I live far from school, I use the money for transportation expenses to school and to cover test fees. Thanks to this scholarship I am able to enjoy my school life.

(Both students gave similar answers to the last question above.)

 

Q: What do you recommend to do at your school festival?

A1: I want you to enjoy our delicious food made from our marine products.

A2: I recommend to you the cans that we are selling for the first time at Kuji-Higashi High School, and the miso paste that we made ourselves. Our teachers like them too!

 

After the interview, they gave me a “Dream Can” full of their dreams that they give to the children coming to the festival.

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Thank you very much for this can full of dreams! Please keep advancing toward your dreams and hopes!

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In front of the entrance, students from environment and greening stream were selling flowers, attracting a number of customers. What caught my eye in the school building was the “kinako (soybean flour) cookies” made by students of the homemaking club. Among the cookies using local ingredients, there were also some that were safe for children with food allergies. Paper bags made from newspapers were also fascinating!

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In the gymnasium, the business information and marketing stream had a crowd of customers. When I returned there to buy what I had wanted to get, it was already sold out.

 

What surprised me was a demonstration of bath taking given by healthcare students. They used the same bath that is actually used in nursing, using a doll for the demonstration. They were able to clearly answer the many questions they received. Customers were watching the demonstration with great interest.

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The photo on the left shows “kuji iso” (shore) ramen noodles, and on the right are Hong Kong style chow mein with small dishes. The ramen containing various kinds of seafood tasted so good with a wonderful light flavor!

 

There was also a “Biotechnology Experience” by the environment and greening stream, a “Fun Laboratory” by human natural science stream and a wide range of other activities that students enjoyed themselves.

 

SCJ will continue to support these students so that they can spend their school life smiling. We shall continue to share with you more information about their energetic activities.