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  Wednesday 3 August - Moomin Charity Event in Sendai

Bringing Joy to the Children of Tohoku

Event Report

Packing the gift bags in Narita on 30 July
On Saturday, 30 July 11 persons participated in packing of the bags with presents at a warehouse near Narita Airport where they had been collected from eight suppliers in Finland and Japan. A total of 500 bags were prepared, 250 for the Moomin Event at Nobisuku Sendai on 3 August, the remaining shipped to two other Nobisuku facilities in the Sendai area.

Moomin Event at Nobusuku Sendai on 3 August
As a first action in the Charity project, an event was organized on Wednesday, 3 August at Nobisuku Sendai

At two 1.5 hour sessions, one at 10:30 in the morning and the other 13:30 in the afternoon, the Moomins gave much appreciated performances and posed for photo shooting with the kids and their parents. After that, the 250 gift bags were distributed to the children.

Another 250 bags have been distributed by Sendai City at two other Nobisuku facilities in the Sendai area.

At the end of this extensive photo report there are some photos of the current situation at the disaster area by the sea in Sendai.

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Arriving at the warehouse in Narita.
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A lot of boxes waiting.
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Starting to unpack boxes of bags and gifts.
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Lining up the boxes for the stuffing of bags.
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Attaching the tags to the bags.
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Packing into the rucksacks and bags provided by Stora Enso.
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Packing into blue bags provided by Vaisala.
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The 250 bags for Nobisuku Sendai being marked for shipping.
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The remaining 250 bags put on pallets for Nobisuku Izumi-Chuo and Nobisuku Nagamachi-Minami.
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A bag and its content.
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The 11 participants pose for a photo after well done work.

Images from the event in Sendai

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Picking up the Moomins at FilaNippon in Yokohama.
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En route to Sendai, a lot of trucks.
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The event was held at Nobisuku Sendai.
MORNING SESSION
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Entrance to the event building.
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Hall to the venue
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Master of ceremony Masahiro Kimura of Finpro starts the event.
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FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen makes some remarks and calls in the Moomins..
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The Moomins enter...
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...greeted by chidren and moms.
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Hello!!
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The venue was packed with chirlden and moms, and afew dads as well..
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At least one kid got very excited...
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Little My does the talikng, Moomins do not speak. Kimura-san interprets.
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A local TV crew covered the event.
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Moomin dances.
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Getting crowded.
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Doing the airplane.
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Little My gets airborne from excitement.
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Moomins leave for a short break, they are not dressed for the hot Japanese summer...
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'Jukka Pajarinen from the Embassy of FInland makes a speech, translated by Maki Shoji of Finpro.
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This young Moomin fan (or perhaps her mothers..) had made a fan with text in Finnish saying 'Moomin, I love your from my heart'.
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The Moomin and Little My are back!
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Time for photo shooting!
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Uncle Marko hands out a gift bag
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Juha Teperi of Sendai Finland Wellbeing Center helps out.
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Mrs. Teperi also assists.
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The Moomins leaving the venue after the first session.
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The TV news guy was also a Moomin fan.
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Checking out the content of the bag.
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The content of the bags
AFTERNOON SESSION
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Kimura-san starts the second session.
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Uncle Marko speaking.
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The Moomins arrive.
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Jukka Pajarinen speaks at the second session.
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Uncle Marko asks some questions from the audience. This your lady wanted to know how old the Moomins are? No-one knew...
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Marko hands out a small present to the head of Nobisuku Sendai for their kind assiatnace to our project.
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Hiroshi Ishikawa of Sendai City also got a present for all the kind assistance we receibved from Sendai City.
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Moomin and Little My return to the stage.
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A large pile of gift bags waiting in the corner.
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The gift bag handout crew. Only a few bags left.
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The orgabizers pose for a photo with the Moomins.
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Little My makes closing remarks assisted by Kimura-san.
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'Moi, moi'
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The event is over.
SOME IMAGES FROM THE DISASTER AREA ON 3 AUGUST 2011
To get some perspective to our charity project we went after the event to the Arahama area by the ocean about 10 km from the center of Sendai. Even though most of the rubble has been removed and much of the destruction is now covered with grass, there are still much evidence of the devastating disaster caused by the tsunami. Most of the roads were open, all the way to the ocean, and only a few crews were still working in the area so most of the clearing has been done, but all of the rebuilding remains...
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A 'torii' by the seaside. Unclear if it withstood the tsunami or has been erected afterwards.
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The seawall, that was far too low, and one remaining structure.
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A closed road and mangled gueard rails.
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Unbelievably big piles of rubble collected,
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A blown-out gas station, the tsunami went far above its 5 m. roof.
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Amazingly one house still standing, but badly damabed.
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A severly damaged school building left standing but all remaining, almost as far as the eye can see, of the houses were the pupils used to live are the foundations.
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Severly damaged struturs and more empty foundations.
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More foundations
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A pile of mangled cars.
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A ramen shop that was blown out by the water.
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A fishing boat where it should not be, by the road about 3 km from the water.
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Another fishing boat in wrong place, more than 3 km from the port.
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