踊りましょうよ、浜らいんや〜♪

今回で二度目の気仙沼。
My second time here in Kesennuma.

前回は誰も知らなく、アメリカから一人でやって来た私を快く迎えてくれ、気仙沼を大好きにしてくれた人達に会いにまたやってきました。
Last time, I came alone from the states to this town without knowing anyone. But I met a bunch of incredible people who welcomed me and made me love it here. I’m back again this time to meet those people (and to make some new friends as well).

と、言ってもまだ気仙沼を離れて2週間ほどですがw
I can’t say I quite missed Kesennuma yet, since it’s only been a couple of weeks since my last visit.

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今回は夏休みで学習支援をしているのもあり、ハウスはボランティアで溢れかえっていました。
Since it’s summer vacation now in Japan and Sokoage is doing a summer education boot-camp like project, the small house was filled with volunteers.

気仙沼港祭り、初日の11日は花火で内湾がキラキラでした。特等席からの花火を短いビデオで少しお裾分けです。
Kesennuma Minato Matsuri (Harbor Festival)’s first day (11th) started with a big bang. Fireworks light up the harbor and here’s a little peek at what we saw from the best viewing point that night.

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港祭りと言えば浜らいんや。もちろん、底上げメンバーも参加しました。
One of the main events at this festival is the Hamarainya (pronounced “hamaranya”) dance. Of course, Sokoage members participated.

始めはこんな感じで始まりました。
This is how the dances started off.

休憩を挟みつつも、かなりキツイ!
The dance continued for two hours and while we got to rest a bit in between, everyone was dead tired.

二時間近くたってクタクタでも全力で踊る!
The dancing went on for about 2 hours and everyone gave it their full energy, all the way through.

騒ぐ!Mumble jumble.

絡む! Get the audience dancing!

そして笑う! And constantly smiling.

本当にいい日でした。気仙沼かえって来てよかったーーー!!
A truly wonderful day. So happy I came back.

でも今日はたいぶ筋肉痛です。。。(涙
But I did wake up this morning feeling sore all over.

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