The Day in Miyagi

Our day helping out at the paprika farm
starts by waking up at 6:30 am.
(Although I hit snooze once…or sometimes twice.)

We eat breakfast at 7:00 am.

One of our local volunteer friends always lets us stay over.
We all really appreciate his hospitality.

We head to the volunteer center at 8:00 am.

The snow outside was amazing.
Everything was white and shimmering.

This is the old town hall that was damaged by the earthquake.
The deconstruction has started already.
We make our way to the site and start working at 9:00 am.
This day our job was to construct
the inner poles for three greenhouses.
We dug holes in the ground.
We hammered.
It was great.
I think I like manual labor.
We took a lunch break at 12:00 pm.
We always go to a local place to eat
and get to interact with the people there.
Everyone is so friendly.
We headed back to the site at 1:00 pm.
We ended for the day at 3:00 pm.
The sun sets a lot faster up north
so have to stop working pretty early.
But it felt good to be working outside under the sun!
And here is a picture of our team that day.

So this is a typical day volunteering in Yamamoto-cho.
It’s always a wonderful experience
working together as a team and seeing the improvements.
And above all, it’s a great feeling
to see the farmers smile with satisfaction.

4 thoughts on “The Day in Miyagi”

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience and giving me an opportunity to know about such an important duty. It makes me think about how I can contribute to my country from where I am now.


  2. Nice photos!

    I think manual labour can be relaxing and hypnotic. I don't know if I would like to do it everyday, and I think manual labourers have tough jobs, but I do enjoy some hard physical work!


  3. Thanks for the comments! And yes, I agree. It's probably the fact that I don't have to do it everyday that makes it all the more enjoyable! (I was in pain for 2 days after coming back home. haha)


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