Peace March Journals 平和行進の日記

Day 8 of 2014 Peace March

Today as I woke up at 5 am, I noticed some sounds in my room. I thought it’s just some birds playing in my window, so I got back to sleep. But as I fully woke up at 6:30 am, I heard it again and looked outside. And it was raining! I told myself, ‘Now I can really use my rain gear.’Day8-1.jpg

It is cold and windy. And the rain is a bit strong. We started the march with some messages from a member of the city council. We were very glad to have her because she marched with us in front and carried along her tambourine. She was very lively. Along the road there were her campaign posters. It’s very heart-warming to have someone like her join us. She may be a politician and yet she is still active in the peace movement.

Takeda-san was not with us today because he was marching on the route B of the Peace March. So there was just me and Igarashi-san.
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It’s the 2nd time that we experienced rain while marching. The first was about 3 days ago. It was very brief but strong. It’s good that rain came earlier in the day, as everyone had the chance to wear their proper gear. I had mine which I bought a week ago. It’s a raincoat and a shoe cover. I wore the shoe cover so I would test if it could last for about 10 kilometer walk. It seems durable for its minimal price.

As for my food during the night, I usually buy vegetables in big supermarkets because they have lots of selections. Lately I cut down on my rice consumption so I usually eat bread.  I have a loaf of bread that can be consumed for 3 days. I usually have this diet because I want to eat more veggies and less meat, However, it seems like I end up eating more while I’m in the Peace March, hehe. Okay, enough of the food.

On our way to Sugita, it was an uphill and downhill walk along the streets. These are two-way streets so the people in the houses we passed by tend to peek thru their windows and we wave as we get their attention.
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Sugita business street is narrow and looks like Chinatown. There are a lot of restaurants and the street arch design is not so Japanese. We had our lunch at a local restaurant inside a mall. They served curry and western influenced food. As I looked at the food replica, it was quite a big serving. And yes, they serve it big here. Japan is known for their art in food. They are famous for these replicas made of acrylic. I remember watching how they did this by using wax to make the model, then using alginate or silicon.

During our break they started to talk about shoes, because all of them are wearing all-terrain and all-weather shoes. Unlike me I’m wearing a pair of running shoes that might get wet when it rains so hard. I did not bring an all-terrain shoe because I don’t usually use it in the Philippines.
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Every day we always stop at local playgrounds or parks. I think every community here has their own park. And each park has its own character. Most importantly, these parks are clean and have toilets.

I also saw a lot of children playing, and take note, they don’t have their parents or guardians with them. They are children aged 7 years and above who ride bicycles, scooters or skateboards. They go to the park alone using the bike lane and play with their friends.

I hope this can also be done in the Philippines. A lot of parents right now don’t even want their kids to play outside for the fear of their kids getting into an accident, losing their way home or being abducted. This could limit children’s opportunity for more outdoor, physical, interactive and creative activities. To a certain extent, young people more exposed without any guidance to social media can be vulnerable to browse violent and pornographic materials. Some have vision and hearing problems because of too much television and loud music. Many children these days seem to have less confidence, short attention span, get tired easily, have difficulty in concentration and have poor health.

After the march for today we proceed to our accommodation. It’s a bit far from our last stop in Kanazawa. They call it a ‘ryokan’. This is a traditional Japanese guest house with a lot of big rooms lined with tatami mats and divided by the traditional sliding door.

We had our dinner and I really wanted to jump for joy when I tasted the food here. If you are a chef you should try to eat here. We had scallops, seaweeds, clams, grilled maguro head, sashimi, pigs jaw meat, pigs heart, and the big snail. And of course the beer. The seafoods are fresh and it really tastes superbly delicious. It’s my first time to feel and taste something like that. Very perfect combinations, well prepared. Oishi desu!

by Magiting Fabros

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