Spring came!The temperature sharply rose and cherry blossoms
fully bloomed in Tokyo, but yesterday cold weather like February
returned(we called it "Hana-bie"). Today it becomes warm
suddenly. In this season of cherry blossoms, weather is so
changeable. A person who lives in abroad would think what
"Hana-bie"means. In this season of cherry blossoms the
temperature rose. After blooming cherry blossoms, a cold
front returns again and the temperature drops sharply.
We call this atmosphere which occurs every year "Hana-bie"in
Japan. We don't like cold whether, but watching cherry
blossoms at bitterly cold night is so fabulous. It must be
tasteful! (You learned a lot!)
In this March, the year-end comes for activity of Tokyo.
We had a closing address for children. We created a
commemorative message board for annual activity in the last
activity. We took photos by instant camera, cut off a variety
of shaped colored drawing paper, wrote impressions and
messages for children in other bases and finally pasted
them on the board. Children finished to create a cheerful
board with their own individual color.
"I'd like to do Pangaean activity"
"Pangaean is great!"
"I'm happy to make friends with other students who I never
"I'll join Pangaean activity in the next grade. "
Each word and photo reminds me of enjoyable scene so far
in my heart. Urm...it's beyond description.
The last day of the activity, I looked at very impressive
children's feeling at each base.
"We talk about Pangaean activity everyday even though
we don't have an any activity. Therefore I know how much
she loves Pangaean activity. Instead of her, I'll write
a message on the board! "
(Instead of her friend who was absent from the last activity,
she was writing a message at Ogi-kita base. )
"I enjoyed pangaean activity very much. I'll join the
Pangaean activity in the next grade."
(He always talks with downcast eyes, but in this time he
looked into my eyes unusually at Shibuya base. Then he
told slowly as he chooses a word with cleared voice. )
Yes, we can see you the next time. Please look forward
to reopening again in May!
Of course some children cannot join activities owing to
their personal circumstances. Some children go to cram
schools on Saturday for preparing examination of junior
high school. Others move out of the ward.
Even though children left from Pangaea, the memory of
hands in hands with other children must be a lasting
impression in their heart in a lifetime as Eda-chan says.
We believe it and continue pangaearing. We think that's
all our activity.