2011年4月13日水曜日

April 12 Soup kitchen and Cotton-candy Action

From the SWTJ Team:
Tohoku nights are still very cold- it's hard to warm up in the morning. But it was sunny today! We installed our watagashi cotton-candy machine in front of the Shiogama evacuation center and served the sugary snack along with hot coffee. It was a success with the children, but an even greater success with the elderly and other adults! Some evacuees enjoyed the challenge of trying to make their own. More than a month has gone by since the earthquake and tsunami struck, but thousands of evacuees are still in mass shelters. Sugar is comfort food in the true sense of the word.
Singer-songwriter Hiroto, a member in our team from Hiroshima, was in action too (see picture below)!
Very strong aftershocks have been jolting the area where we work. The cell phone earthquake alarm went off, and warnings were broadcast on the radio. It's a strong reminder that we are in the middle of the disaster area. It was frightening, but the locals around us and our team are all okay.
After cleaning up at Shiogama, we drove to Kesenuma. This area has been very badly damaged (see picture below). We baked takoyaki dumplings and cooked a big pot of kasujiru soup for locals and evacuees who are sharing space in one of the buildings that is still habitable.
Tomorrow, we will leave early for Minami Sanriku with supplies and for another day of baking and cooking! Stay tuned.
(Scroll down on this blog for earlier entries in English)

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