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Bonds Born Through Football – A year with 2 Coaches


ボールが結んだ心の絆 ~熱血サッカーコーチの1年に密着 [KHB]

|Length : 30min. |Year : 2011

Vegalta Sendai makes its home in Sendai, a city known for its greenery. In the subdivisions of this club, there are 2 young coaches who coach children in hopes of cultivating them into professional football players. ( These 2 coaches are Coach Kazunori Inoue and Coach Naoto Fukuda of the Sendai Vegalta Player Development Division. ) In January of 2011, these 2 coaches took a trip to coach football to children in Ethiopia. With a population of 80 million, football is very popular in Ethiopia. When you ask the children what they want to be when they grow up, they answer almost in unison that they want to be pro-football players. The football field of the elementary school the coaches visit first is laden with huge rocks making it a dangerous environment to play in. Their footballs are made from old clothes being stitched together so when the children get the chance to play with a real football, they all run after it excitedly. This is the only way they know how to play football as they imitate what they see on TV. So it was big news when they heard football coaches would be coming from Japan as they do not yet know how an actual football practice is carried out. Their bright eyes fixed on the coaches fill with expectations and hopes. The coaches struggle at communicating to the children drills that can be done with a few footballs to many people like dribbling and passing. At first the confusion the children felt was evident. However, the children gradually began to feed off the coaches' enthusiasm. The joy of playing football with your friends turned the expressions on the children's faces to smiles. The 2 coaches feel the bonds created from football as they head for home. However, soon after arriving in Japan, they are met by a great earthquake and a giant tsunami in their home towns. The Japanese children whose footballs and football shoes were washed away by the tsunami hope for the day they can play football again with all of their friends. The coaches become busy bringing aid to the disaster-stricken areas in hopes of giving the children a chance to play football as soon as possible. In the midst of all this, they receive a message from the children of Ethiopia filled with concern for the disaster and gratitude for what the coaches taught them.

Tsunami Disaster Heartache and Hope Through the Viewfinder – 49 days of Life and Death –


津波を撮ったカメラマン [KHB]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2011

A local news cameraman shoots the huge tsunami engulfing Kesennuma, a city in Miyagi Prefecture and one of the major fishing ports of the Tohoku region. He seeks footing near the port with camera in hand and finger pressed to shutter as he backs his way up a flight of stairs to higher ground. The viewfinder, framed at the residents' eye level, fills with the terrifying sight of gushing black water. As the tsunami starts to recede, the cameraman hears calls for help from all over town. After a moment's hesitation, he sets his camera down and walks towards the voices.
The program follows the work of the news cameraman living in the fishing port devastated by the monstrous wave and, through his camera, presents the fury of the tsunami and the daily lives of the people in the afflicted area.

732 days: The lives of 3 orphans post earthquake


3人で生きる 震災孤児 兄弟が歩んだ732日 [KHB]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2013

March 11, 2011. The huge tsunami that hit in the Tohoku earthquake swept away the parents of many children, leaving large numbers orphaned. There are more than 241 children in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures whose parents were either killed in the disaster or remain missing. How did these children face the aftermath of the disaster, and move on without their parents?
Shohei Takeyama (19 at the time of the disaster), lives in Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture, and lost both his parents and grandfather to the tsunami. His younger sister Yuuki is a high school student, while brother Naoki is in junior high school.
"All I want is for us to live a normal life. At the very least, I want to give my brother and sister a normal upbringing. I feel it is what I should do for my parents."
Shohei decides to become his siblings' legal guardian. Initially, Naoki and Yuuki were taken to live at an aunt's home in Ishinomaki, but once Shohei turns 20, he becomes their guardian by law (as they are both still minors), in place of their parents.
A year after the disaster, they leave their home in Ishinomaki and move into an apartment together in Iwate Prefecture's Sendai City.
Yuuki enters the same university as Shohei, and is busy with study as well as part time work. Naoki has changed schools, and is taking the first steps toward high school entrance exams, while Shohei is in the middle of intense job hunting. He hopes to find work at a company with no risk of being transferred outside Iwate Prefecture, so they can continue living together.
The three siblings suddenly had their family torn apart forever on that fateful day. This is a document of the reality they face living without their parents over the two years following the disaster: holding the memories of their parents in their hearts, while supporting each other as a family.

Daring Attepmt of Oystermen to Overcome Earthquake Adversity


三陸カキ 真の復興に挑む [KHB]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2014

The oystermen on the Sanriku Coast of Japan suffered great losses in the tsunami wrought by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. A good 90% of the oyster cultivation facilities in Miyagi Prefecture, nearly 12,000 of them, were lost. There are men here who are attempting to bounce back from this adversity through a new venture. They consist of Hiroaki Saito, operator of an online oyster sales company, and 20 oystermen from six coves within the prefecture.
The Sanriku oyster industry has been plagued by problems such as an aging population and a lack of successors. In order to create a life better than that they led before the disaster, they must produce and market greater numbers of oysters in their shell. To that end, they decided to adopt cultivation methods used by oystermen in France, one of the world’s leading oyster producing nations.
This program chronicles the attempts by these oystermen to restore the cultivation of Sanriku oysters.

Children’s Message of the Devastating Earthquake to the Next Millennium


女川いのちを守る会~1000年後へのメッセージ~ [KHB]

|Length : 24min |Year : 2015

When the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, waves as high as 14.8 meters ravaged Onagawa Town. 827 lives, nearly 10 percent of the population, were lost and 70 percent of the town buildings were destroyed.
The seventh graders of Onagawa Middle School decided to do something to pass on the lessons of this tragedy to future generations. With the motto “to protect the lives of 1000 years from now,” they continue their work and hope to reach their goal of erecting 21 stone monuments by the time they are 20 years old.

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