On Sunday, the 7th of November 2010 – a very nice and untypically warm day in autumn -, some members of Groundwork Fukuoka and voluntarily participating people gathered at the school for visually impaired children in Chikushino to work in the herb garden constructed by Groundwork several years ago.
At about 10AM everyone was getting ready to continue the construction of a path leading through a part of the garden and passing a lovely little waterfall. For this sake, stones restricting the area of the path had to be cut into a certain shape and to be placed correctly. Afterwards, the area inside was filled with different types of soil and finally covered with cement. On top of the cement colorful little stones were scattered as an eye-catcher. In the meantime, some more people had joined our group of eight workers, under them several children who had much fun arranging the colorful stones to create their own pictures and writing.
In between we had a little break with obento, oranges, chocolate and rare Japanese sweets as lunch which we ate sitting on a construction made out of wood, which is the skeletal structure of a restaurant Otani-san wants to construct for the mothers who have to wait before taking their children back home when school ends.
After about four hours of work the path had grown in length and fit well into the peaceful ambiance. The herb garden is still not finished, but thanks to everyone another step to a beautiful piece of landscape was taken.
(written by Julia)