After the exchange program, the Learning from Disaster (see earlier posting below), finished, a small group had the priviledge of visiting Miyakejima. After an overnight boatride, we spent a day and half visiting two schools, meeting with staff and members of the House of Wind (Kaze-no-Ie), visiting Ako port and meeting with fishermen, driving up the volcano to an observation area to look at the volcano’s damage up close, and meeting with citizens and local government officials.
Miyakejima is beautiful, and the damage from the 2000 volcano eruption, and an earlier eruption, caused great damage. One of the things we were so impressed with was the great spirit and sense of hope expressed by everyone we met with, young and old.
Here are some photos from the visit.