Trip to Tanohata

In Tanohata camp with Waseda students
In Tanohata camp with Waseda students

Last Friday through Sunday we visited the village of Tanohata, which is on the coast. First we listened to a lecture about the Tsunami of March 11, 2011. After seeing some of the tsunami damage and appreciating the beautiful view of the coastal cliffs, we joined a Waseda University club called “Forest Club.”

In front of slogan for dealing with a tsunami.
In front of slogan for dealing with a tsunami.

The SICE students spent the weekend participating in club activities. They camped in a big cabin in “The Forest of Meditation” and learned forestry management. There were plenty of other activities, too. The president of Waseda University came for a visit. We got to meet the host family of the first SICE leader. And, fun was had with local school children.

At cow pasture of first host family
At cow pasture of first host family
Shainagame
Self-introduction gam
Getting to know each other
Getting to know each other

 

 

Working in the forest
Working in the forest                                                  
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2 thoughts on “Trip to Tanohata”

  1. It’s amazing to see these pictures. The Tanohata “hut” looks exactly the same as it did 41 years ago when the first group arrived for a stay of several weeks. Not surprising the forest you pictured was simply tiny samplings surrounded by weeds which we spent most of the days cutting away in very hot sunshine! I’m curious about the “first host family”. Were they really the host family for Jom and Pat Smith, the first faculty director? Keep posting! Ruth Wilmot EC ’75, first SICE group 1973, called Japan TEP at the time!

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    1. Greetings from SICE 2014! Yes, the first host family were Jim and Pat Smith, who stayed with the Kumagai family. The Kumagai family are dairy farmers. They were also good friends with Jackson Bailey and his family.

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