On Sunday, the 24th of October 2010, the annual general cleaning of the Fukuoka river took place in Kawasakimachi this time.
Unfortunately, it was a very rainy day, but nevertheless a large amount of people, approximately one hundred, had gathered to support this project which aimed at protecting the environment. The official beginning of the cleaning was at 10AM. Before, a couple of men from the town had begun to build up a protective tent and to arrange necessary working tools.
When it was time to start the project, most volunteer participants – under them older people as well as school children – assembled around the tent with the information desk to collect a pair of gloves, tools and garbage bags. Soon everyone was scattered around the river and freed the area of weeds and tall plants.
At about 12PM most of the work was done, acceptance speeches were held and the garbage was removed with the help of some vans. In the meantime, the rain had changed the ground into a muddy puddle and everyone was looking forward to take a bath after the hard work.
It was a good feeling to see everybody getting along and helping each other out. Besides the sound of the rain, the air was filled with the voices of people chatting and laughing. In the end, it was a nice morning and everyone could be satisfied with the successful cleaning of the river area.
(written by Julia)