October 20th, 2011- “The Pine Tree of Hope” overlooks the disaster-stricken city of Rikuzen-takata.
Rikuzen-Takata City is located at the southernmost tip of the coastline of Iwate Prefecture, right by the border of Miyagi Prefecture. One of Japan’s 100 most scenic spots of Japan, Takata Matsubara that arches ever so gently is also one of the prefecture’s best beach areas. Behind it, there once used to be houses, workplaces, schools, and a lively commercial zone.
The First Step Toward the Birth of a Trailer Shopping Street
|November 2nd, 201- The construction of the trailers goes by quickly thanks to everyone’s cooperation.|
|November 2nd, 2011- The presentation ceremony was held in front of the 2 completed trailers.|
On November 2nd, 2 trailers arrived in Rikuzen-takata City. Central in the building process were the staff members of a Sendai-based prefabricated building company, Tohoku Grader, who had previously helped us with the construction of a trailer in Onagawa, as well as the people of Hachimangu, Osaki in Sendai City, Osaki, Hachimangu. Employees of Roland Berger, Inc. also came to the worksite to help us. The trailers were completed in about 2 hours and a presentation ceremony was held afterwards. Over 50 people gathered for the ceremony including Mr. Takashi KUBOTA, vice mayor of Rikuzen-takata City, Mr. Ken MORI, the Japan representative of the CEO of Roland Berger, Inc., Mr. Mitsuru TAMURA, the CEO and president of Natsukashii Mirai Sozo, Inc ., Mr. Shinji HASHIZUME, and community members of the shopping street. Sayako NOGIWA, Representative of AAR JAPAN’s Tohoku Office, represented AAR JAPAN and participated in the tape cutting event.
November 2nd, 2011- Users of Asunaro Home sell their handmade cookies at the event.
The Road to a “Nostalgic Future”
An image of the completed first stage of Natsukashii Mirai Shotengai.