On the evening of the 6th August 2016, us KPJ staff left Ishinomaki and headed north for our activity in Iwate for the next morning.
On the way, we dropped in Kesennuma city and had a dinner at "Taniguchi". The restaurant owner is the mother of Shota Sato who had doing KPJ activity until he graduated from senior high school.
The main purpose was to see Okami (missis) who is like sunshine.
Through the conversation with Okami, Shota has been fulfiling his dream in his days in Tokyo.
It made us happy.
And also we could meet his sister who will graduate from her senior high school next spring.
She told us about her future directions and her goals. It was exciting to listen.
Taniguchi is running the restaurant as a home-style cooking restaurant. It used to be sushi restaurant that was run by Shota's parents in Kawabarada, Kesennuma.
But the restaurant was washed away by the tsunami when Great East Japan earthquake happened.
After one and half years the restaurant was rebuilt during winter in 2014 in Aramachi, - another sad event occurred - her husband passed away. Then it closed business for a while and it reopened as a home-style restaurant.
If you have a chance to visit Kesennuma please stop by Taniguchi where you can taste local home-style cooking. As you can see in the photo you can meet beautiful and cheerful Okami.
Address: 6-5 Aramachi, Kesennuma-shi, Miyagi 988-0071
Phone no.: 0226-21-3038
The afternoon of 6th August 2016, we were heading to Miyagi after meeting with Hiroki Kanno in Fukushima. We saw Tetsuya Tadano, Ishinomaki branch.
It had been one year since the last meeting, Tetsuya entered the second year of senior high school. He was training hard every day as Judo club member so he looks bigger and stronger.
Tetsuya told us that he wanted to finish 3/11 Kids' Photo Journal activity because he wants to focus on his high school life especially his judo training.
It was impressive words about his judo life which required him to train strictly everyday.
"The training is really hard. However I think it would bring the totally different result between the training with or without right attitude. Such as 'Ah, I have to train tomorrow, no...' or 'I decide to be better or stronger.'"
It was the moment that we found again that he is the type of person who does everything with a strong will.
Tetsuya has been taking photos of the sky and nature.
This is the video where we can see Tetsuya's feeling towards taking photos.
This is the message from Tetsuya to our supporter when we had the 3/11 kid journal photo exhibition in 2013.
He is talking about the moment when he took the photo on this blog and also was used as the cover page of KPJ photo newspaper Miyagi.
He uses words - "capturing the moment."
The following is the part of his words in the video of above URL.
"I take photos mainly of the sky or nature because I can take a photo of people anytime and I can request them to have an expression. But nature is different, I cannot ask them to make an expression. So I am waiting for the moment to the moment and when I find 'this is it!' I captured the moment.
When I carefully view the photos that professional photographers have taken, I sometimes feel "Oh, I see." But I would like to take a photo that people, even children not only adults, say "Wow" instantly when they see it. I am working on that now.
There are photos taken not only by me (in Miyagi) but also by children of Fukushima or Iwate.
Please come and look at each of these irreplaceable photos of our own hometowns."
This is the report from Genshu Ota from Marumori (Miyagi) branch.
He reported his feelings with these photos that were taken on the 11th March after 5 years of the disaster.
3/11 Kids' Photo Journal
This is the report from Kazuma Ota from Marumori (Miyagi) branch.
He has started a new life as he is now a high school student.
He reports his feeling five years after the disaster.
3/11 Kids’ Photo Journal
These are photos from Genshu Ota (10 years old) of Marumori branch, Miyagi.
He wrote captions to his photos from his collection.
3/11 Kids' Photo Journal