Tuesday, December 27, 2011

1st day of Christmas Movie Screenings in Ishinomaki: December 23rd

On the night of December 22nd, the Niji-Iro Cinema team members headed to Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture for our Christmas movie screenings, carrying lots of gifts in four separate vehicles.
When we reached to "Sugo" service area in Fukushima, it started snowing and we really felt the cold winter wind.


Snow-covered topiary spelling out "Sugo" in Japanese.

We arrived in Ishinomaki early on the morning of the 23rd and took a rest and slept for a little while in our cars. Then we arrived at the "You Home Clinic Community Center" venue and started putting up cheeful and beautiful christmas decorations. You Home Clinic kindly co-ordinated everything for the two days.

早朝に到着し、しばらく仮眠をとり、早速会場の「祐ホームクリニック コミュニティーホール」で準備を開始しました。会場も、協力者の祐ホームクリニックさんがご用意くださったツリーやデコレーションでクリスマスの雰囲気を盛り上げていきます。

Before we opened the doors at 9:30, many children started lining up outside
The film selection on the first day was Fantastic 4, Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! The Movie: Victini and the White Hero: Reshiram and others.

上映作品は「ファンタスティック4」「劇場版ポケットモンスターベストウィッシュ ビクティニと白き英雄レシラム

Kids love Pokemon! Their laughter and smiles made all the Niji-Iro cinema members so happy! What a great Christmas gift we received!


At the other community hall, which is located in the center of the Ohashi Temporary Housing Area where about 500 families live, we screened Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States. It was quite popular among seniors and children, and we noticed lots of pairs of Grandparents with their grandchildren.

「クレヨンしんちゃん 嵐を呼ぶアッパレ戦国大合戦」の上映を行いました。


In the offices of You Home Clinic, our staff were busy with stuffing gift bags for the following day.  The gifts were made possible with all the support and donations from friendly companies and individuals associated with Niji-Iro Cinema. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone.


At the end of the day, a few members visited the nearby town of Onagawa, where we hold a screening in October, to see the lighting ceremony of the beautiful tree called "Stardust Pageant". Before the tsunami disaster hit Onagawa, there was a beautiful Stardust Pageant on the main shopping street on a large scale. Although the street was washed away and people almost gave up holding it this year, some people, including our friend Mr. Yamada (pictured below), owner of Onagawa's main fish market, pushed themselves very hard to create a beautiful Christmas tree.


The tree is adorned with 100,010 lights -- the same number as Onagawa's population before the Tsunami. The tree carries the strong message that everyone is together, now and forever.



Then...the sun rose on the 24th. Our special Christmas screenings were here! (Please see our next blog entry, going up very soon).