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PoH #10: Takami Public Park 

Playground of Hope #10

Tokyo International School
Fukushima Prefecture, Minamisoma, Haramachi ku-cho, 2-chome, Takami

Installation date: February 24th, 2013

Sponsor: Junior Chamber of Commerce, “Smile Shinjuku” Project

Background
For over eighteen months the children of Minamisoma were not allowed to play outside. Several indoor play spaces were built but the amount of time kids were allowed to be outside was kept to a minimum.

By July 2013 the Takami Park had been thoroughly decontaminated and had become one of the only locations that parents felt safe bringing their children to play outside. The park received some fantastic play equipment that summer and PoH was asked to bring our “wood flavored” play set as a final touch to the park restoration.

Despite the freezing temperature we had the Mayor Sakai-san join us as well as the many wonderful people from the Junior Chamber and last but not least great support of the Save Minamisoma volunteers. A cold day…but a great day!

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Playground of Hope