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We Will Take Back the Beauty of Shichigō!!

The second anniversary of the March 11 disaster is approaching.
This is Heisei no Sendai-Shirō.
“We Will Take Back the Beauty of Shichigō!”
This is the recovery slogan of Shichigō JHS, situated in Sendai’s eastern reaches.
The entire student body (517 in all) and all the teachers have come together, this time to create a giant mosaic mural.

 

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Shichigō, Wakabayashi Ward, Sendai. It is one of the many areas to have been hit hard by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Deep scars still remain at the school.

 

Shichigō JHS has two elementary schools in its district (Shichigō ES and Arahama ES), and the three together put on an exhibition for recovery as well as varied other recovery and disaster response activities.

 

Today they unveil this enormous declaration of their will to recover.

 

It measures 10m across by 5m high, with each mosaic tile a 1.5cm square.
Each student colored 299 squares, with the full project taking about a month.
In the upper left is the character 輝, chosen by the students, meaning ‘shine’ or ‘radiance’.

 


left/right: Miss Sugawara/Miss Satō

 

Project committee chair Satō was still an elementary student at the time of the disaster.
Just as her graduation in late March was approaching, the school was destroyed.
This unprecedented great disaster left these students with terrible uncertainty for their futures.
Now they pick up the pieces and carry on with their lives, but their deep gratitude for the great amount of help and support they received will last forever.
Committee co-chair Sugawara grew up surrounded by nature, and like this mural she hopes to bring Shichigō’s pre-disaster beauty back as soon as possible.

 

For their own futures ahead of them, these children give all they’ve got to bring recovery with the community.
“We Will Take Back the Beauty of Shichigō!”

 

Visitors can view this mural at school festivals and similar events.

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