On April 27th, Saturday, the group with the members mostly from the residents of Shichigo central park temporary housings and I went to Suisen (narcissus) festival in the skiing area at Zao Eboshi. There were 25 of us!! Probably since it was Saturday, some of the members who joined this trip were a family, and it was why we could go in a big group.
Lunch with the view of fully bloomed narcissus!! …was what I was expecting, but, unfortunately, only few of them were bloomed completely. On the other hand, some said that “wow, the air is getting so clear!!” on the way to reach the mountain as the bus leaves the town of Sendai behind. Also, at the restaurant in the skiing resort, I could see some members ordered curry rice, which people living alone rarely cook (curry is usually cooked in a big pot). In other words, I could see them doing small things that they usually cannot do in temporary housings.
After lunch at the restaurant, we headed to a bakery called Tamago ya (egg shop) to buy some pastries and ice cream, and devoured them in the bus!! And to finish up the trip, we went for shopping at Michi-no-eki (a roadside station) to get some souvenir and vegetables! All of them intensely looked at the items, accessing them, and left the shop with their bag jam-packed.
This time, we could use a shuttle from a kindergarten, which enabled all of us to go altogether in the same vehicle. Inside the packed bus was like a party. The air was filled with laughter, and all of us indulged ourselves in pleasant moments.
It was sort of unfortunate that the narcissuses were not fully bloomed…but I believe we could make some memories that are different from everyday living. Many residents in the temporary housings have difficulties going out, and thus, I wish to make an event like this time so that we can do something together and go somewhere together.
Fuka Kayano, a Sendai Staff
Translated by Kenichi Tanaka