At noon of the opening day, local soba-making expert Mr. Tadashi HASEGAWA was invited to give the participants an opportunity to experience making of soba-noodles. Under the expert’s guidance, children and their parents kneaded and stretched the soba dough together. Even though the shapes weren’t always perfect, the participants were able to make shiny soba noodles with a nice fragrance. While some said, “The noodles feel a bit tough…the chewiness might actually wear your jaws out!”, many still asked for seconds saying, “It’s delicious!”. Eventually, the soba noodles that everyone had put all their effort into making was gone in no time.
|July 22nd, 2012 – “It’s difficult to cut it thinly!” The children carefully cut the soba dough that they had kneaded on their own. Pictured in the center is AAR Japan staff member, Sawako MIYAZAKI. (Nishi-Aizu Town, Fukushima Prefecture)|
First, he put on a bamboo-crafting workshop. After cutting the bamboo and making holes, the children crafted original percussion instruments, flutes, cups, and water guns. Then, under Mr. SEKINE’s careful guidance, everyone took part in the challenge of making fire the primeval way. Using a simple piece of wood and a string, frictional heat created on a plate is used to start a fire. This was a totally new experience, not only for the kids, but also for their parents! Even after several failed attempts, no one gave up. When the fire was finally lit, everyone burst out cheering.
|July 22nd, 2012 – “It’s difficult to use a saw” Pictured second from the right is Atsushi NAOE from AAR Japan. (Nishi-Aizu Town, Fukushima Prefecture)|
|July 22nd, 2012 – A family working together to start a fire. “Hey, I see smoke coming out!” (Nishi-Aizu Town, Fukushima Prefecture)|
“Look, I found a big grasshopper! Oh, it escaped... where did it go?” “I want to go on the swing!” The children caught insects and played in the tree house at the Lotus Inn. In the evening, everyone enjoyed the barbecue and played a watermelon-smashing game and even got to enjoy fireworks.
|July 22nd, 2012 – “Look, I caught a big grasshopper!” (Nishi-Aizu Town, Fukushima Prefecture)|
|The dinner on July 22nd was prepared by PEACE PROJECT members. Everyone enjoyed the barbecue! (Nishi-Aizu Town, Fukushima Prefecture)|
|July 23rd, 2012 – The children made hand-prints with paint made from powder of natural materials. (Nishi-Aizu Town, Fukushima Prefecture)|
|July 22nd, 2012 – With a proud grin, “I made cups with my family’s name on them!” (Nishi-Aizu Town, Fukushima Prefecture)|
|July 22nd, 2012 – Children cheerfully playing in the tree house. (ishi-Aizu Town, Fukushima Prefecture)|