We saw the last guest group off to Kochi a while ago, and our fruitful day has ended. It was really quick, but very substantial one (well, which is as always). We had two students from Kochi University who came here for intern last month, two NPO coordinators for that internship, Emi san who just open the very first facility in Tosa Shimizu where people could ride horses and join animal therapy, Mr. Oka who is famous for innovating the new method in agriculture, Kumika san and her colleague who is working for local educational board in this area. Although the numbers of the guest we has was small, and many were family and our friends, I was truly satisfied with the quality of the event today.
I originally planed to show an animation movie as the second part, but made a last minutes change to have an interview with a guy who was hit by this TSUNAMI in Fukushima, and fled to Kochi for safety with his family. I met him at OKI Marin (a guesthouse near KAIYU) when I went there with the even flier for advertisement. The owner Yoichi san told me that they have guests who came from Fukushima, and who used to work for TEPCO as a plant engineer 10 years ago.
Yoichi san asked me if I want to meet him, and I said yes, then we met Mr. Tono and had a quick conversation. I thought he is the one who should talk on 23rd, so requesting him if he can come and talk "the day after tomorrow".. I agree it was not well planned, but ended in very good result. We could listen to the very real story about the earthquake and the situation within the nuclear power plants in Fukushima, and also the meaning of "numbers" in the news. (i.e what does it mean to get 0.24μSv/h for an year to you.)
It was accidentally happened, but it amazingly went great. I am so so happy and truly appreciate all the support from Mitsu chan and Tae chan, who always encourage us to do what we want to do, and give us their great smiles.
To me, this event is one of the very last thing we will have during our stay at KAIYU. I am content with the outcome of this event but now it's end, and I feel so sad at the same time.
Three more days to go. Only three days.
The count down really started, and I think I could get some confident out of this event today. I was not sure what I did, achieved when I worked for the company in last 10 years. I've been in the same place and not sure what I really can do when I am "out" from the company. However, now I have some clue for the next step after this two months stay. I will not come back to the "same" place with obscure vision. I think it's not just my vision, but Tamaki family vision is getting clearer.
With a month stay, we couldn't get this vision, but with two months stay which was accidentally extended, we could get it. There was so many things we wanted to do for the first month, and we actually completed and did it in the second month. Although we have remaining, I think we'll visit this place sometime soon, and our two months experience will help us to move forward to the next actions.
Sincere thank you for everyone who came here today, and support us today. Thank you!