Day 3 : Leaving Sendai, headed to Ishinomaki. Ishinomakhi located in Miyagi Prefecture . This city was among the most seriously affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami about more than 10 meters high and destroy approximately almost 50% of the city.
This city got very badly hit by both the earthquake and the resultant tsunami on the 11th of March 2011. Though, I was amazed to see the pace of the reconstruction work that has already begun here. Many of the streets had been cleared of detritus and most of the rubble had already been collected and deposited in vacant lots.
We were divided into 2 groups. While the other group did mud digging in different area, I joined with the Takidashi. Takidashi or food handout is cooking and providing fresh food. The Takidashi was held in the small area where residents still persist and grateful they survived and with no plans to leave.
Some of volunteers set up a makeshift stage for the singers and dancers while another went house visiting to invite the residents to Takidashi. The volunteer workers served Thai noodles (phad thai), ‘‘satay’’ and hot Vietnamese coffees.
During those time, the resident was entertained by some performers from ASEAN countries whom joining the ASEAN Youth Caravan. Among that are the ASEAN student in Japan, Indonesian performers Ring of Fire with lead singer Fadly and Rindra (known as member of PADI group) and Derby “Petualangan Sherina” Rumero and famous artis from Thailand Khemanit “Pancake” Jarikorn. We also gave away caps, t-shirts and other goodies to all those who joined the takidashi.
As the Secretary General of ASEAN, H.E Surin Pitsuan concludes “The Japanese Government is ensuring necessities for her citizens, we just want to show our friendship with a little of our culture and experience. Participants are willing and ready to do what is needed; may it be cooking ASEAN cuisines just for them to taste a bit of our culinary tradition, cleaning, singing, dancing...or simply listening! They just want to be there in person, share personal experiences and spend quality time with the survivors and friends—as fellow Asians, as fellow humans”.
The earthquake has changed the city. Surely, it's changed it emotionally, but it has also changed it physically. Helping hand is not always “what is given that is important “ but at “the heart of giving”
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