【Ojamashimasu!】

In Akamae, Miyako City, 4 kids, Gentaro, Naoto, Fuka, and Mirai, are working on projects for Kids Photo Journal. They have made two teams, the boys and girls, and have been photographing their respective themes. On this day the “We Love Photos” team went to a small town destroyed by the tsunami to photograph their project, “The State of Reconstruction in the Town.”

Gentaro from the “We Love Photos” team photographing in Akamae. (Photo by ©Masaru   Goto/311 Kids Photo Journal)
Gentaro from the “We Love Photos” team photographing in Akamae. (Photo by ©Masaru Goto/311 Kids Photo Journal)
Fuka and Naoto at the remains of their family home in Akamae. (photo by ©Gentaro   Yamane/Iwate/311 Kids Photo Journal)
Fuka and Naoto at the remains of their family home in Akamae. (photo by ©Gentaro Yamane/Iwate/311 Kids Photo Journal)

Gentaro used Ojamashimasu, the traditional Japanese greeting when entering someone’s home, before walking into the entrance of a house in which only the foundations remained. As he entered Fuka, who was by our side remarked, “This is where my house used to be.”

 

I felt extremely ashamed of myself because I had already entered the remains of her house in my shoes without saying anything. Gentaro, in a way that was usual even before the town was destroyed by the tsunami, used Ojamashimasu and showed that it is still important to be courteous and have a considerate attitude even when little remains of what was once a house. 

Through this project there are many times when I too can learn from the kids behaviour when we pick up our camera and go out taking photos.

 

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Masaru Goto

 

Translation: Sean Breslin