Presentation and Farewell, March 29th 報告会とパーティ

(by Sakane Natsumi) Today we would have a presentation and a farewell party.
In the morning, students in three groups resumed their work to prepare for the presentation from 9 o’clock.
Yesterday we mainly discussed what the Yapese kids had learned through the program, and at the night, we started to think about what society they want to be in the future. Today, we worked out ideas on poster-pape. They looked very fun to write their posters.

At 11:30, we went to the Micronesian Embassy.
The building is not so big. However, all stuff members in the embassy including the ambassador welcomed us with a big heart. Although, the time was short but we really had a good time.
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During the going and returning, there were a lot of cherry blossoms along the streets. We walked beneath a blizzard of falling cherry blossoms. The children were so lucky that they could see both cherry blossoms and snow during the one stay in Japan. When we went back to the hotel at 2:00, some resumed their work, others enjoyed their free time and the others took a nap until 4:30. Then we moved to Tokyo Science University which was today’s venue.

The presentation session started at 6:00.
MC was Christopher. Although it was his first time to do MC but he did very well. Kammagar Christopher!
All the kids made really nice presentations and declarations. I hope this presentation will help them think more about their future and make better tomorrow.

After the session, the next was a farewell party.
Many people including the sponsors and the host families came to have a fun with us chatting, having a dinner and sharing their experiences.
After a small chat, each student expressed their experiences and their feelings. Then Ms.Inaba taught and had these kids experience the tea ceremony. After the tea ceremony, kids sang songs. The time was limited but people seemed to enjoy their time in a warm atmosphere.

The end of the party, we made a surprise for Ms.Takano. Actually, the next day was Ms.Takako’s birthday! We gave her a message card, singed wood-board and a cake.
By coincidence, the first day of this program is Mr.Ohmae’s birthday and the last day is Ms.Takano’s birthday.
Not only for Yapese kids but also for the stuff members, this program was meaningful. I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Ms.Takano and Mr.Ohmae for all the work they had done.

Because of the time pressures, we took a group photo outside and finally Yoshiki sang a song with his gutter. He made the song named “slowly but surely”. The song was really nice and the audiences’ spirits pick up!

After the party, we had the last reflection meeting at the hotel.








時間がおしてしまったので、外で記念写真と鳥山さんのライブ。彼は今回、ずっとプログラム中スタッフとして同行しており、この経験で感じたことをかいた「slowly but surely」という曲を28日に作詞作曲。大いに盛り上がりました。

そんなこんなでホテルに帰ったあと、最後の簡単な振り返りミーティング。今日の報告担当 坂根菜摘

Students are busy for the presentation. 報告会の準備で大忙し。

From the morning, students are quite busy for the preparation for the presentation session in the evening. Each of 3 groups discussed until late last night and they decided what they present today. This morning they stared to make big charts and drawings with colorful designs.

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The presentation will be started from 6:00 p.m. and if condition allows, ECOPLUS will provide live streaming from following URL.



Discussion session continues, 議論継続中

The day 9th is a discussion day. In the morning, A guest lecturer specialized in marine resource provided a case report on corals in Okinawa area heavily damaged by developments.

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Spending lunch time in parks close to the hostel, students enjoyed warm spring breeze together with cheery blossoms, students started the final discussion session; to talk about what they learned, acquired, and thought in past 8 days in Japan.

Spread into three groups, they talked enthusiastically about environment, trash, food, climate, water, life style and others. The conversation continued after dinner time till very late. Only two more nights left in Japan…..