The Summer Festival Enjoying Great Popularity at Yamashita-Daiichi Elementary School

The Summer Festival Enjoying Great Popularity at Yamashita-Daiichi Elementary School

September 29th, 2012

Yamashita-Daiichi Elementary School was alive with summer festival on September 29. Yamashita-Daiichi Elementary School was the site of “Smile Project," conducted in March this year.

Today, 55 volunteers gathered. As one of the main events, we were going to offer a soccer training class outside, hosted by professional soccer players in Vegalta Sendai. Unfortunately, however, it was canceled because the ground condition was not so good. Therefore, the main venue changed to the gym.

In today’s Kuma-Project, we took charge of a booth which mainly serves grilled food: grilled corn, frankfurters, and also Tonjiru (Japanese miso-soup prepared by stewed pork and some vegetables). We prepared a large amount of food: two corrugated boxes of frankfurters, 200 half cut corn at least, and two cylindrical pots which are full with Tonjiru.


As a barbecue grill, we used a drum we borrowed from Otera Saigai Volunteer Center (Tera-sen). The drum was cut into two exact halves for cooking, and we barbecued food with provided bincho-charcoals. Since a bincho-charcoal takes long to catch fire, we first make them heat until these sufficiently got red and used an air compressor for an earlier set-up. It seemed to be out of standard though…

Our booth was open before 5 o’clock. We continued to serve just after 7:30 and had finally served everything. Unsold Tonjiru was brought to the guests directly, and then they were completely sold out. It was just like a high-pressured sale…

The festival style was all you can eat, 500 yen for adults and 300 yen for children. Here is the list of prepared food:

snacks: cotton candy, shaved ice, chocolate banana, pop corn

meals: beef tongue carry, fried noodles (yakisoba), okonomiyaki


As entertainment, water balloons, mini sized Shinkansen model, the school emblem with the letter of “山一2012” illuminated by light, and the others were decollating the school.

I was very much pleased there were so many children who were the participants of Kuma-Project in this festival, and also they cheerfully approached to talk to me.

Now, we have already finished cleaning up after the event, and came back to the lodging which is such a lifesaver for us. It is a tentative house owned by chief priest of Buddhist temple, Fumonji. Students are making a journal to look back and think about how today’s work was going.


By completing this form, they are able to review objectively what they have been doing and convert what they thought or felt through their experiences into letters. In this way, they can generalize them. This gives them a chance to think about how to make better use of their objectified experiences for their daily life, and then their life and works will be linked but not separated.

Educational activities are the main part of Kuma-project, so these reviews are essential in our team.

(Translated by Tori)
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