【Report】Ooyagawa Shishiburi/First Residential Conference

I am a Master student at Tsukamoto lab in Tokyo Institute of Technology. I would like to report about the Shishiburi (lion dance) and the first residential conference, which took place on June 9th.
(here is the Japanese report which I posted before: http://archiaid.org/reports/5881)

On March 11th, when the Tsunami, more than 30 meters, struck Ooyagawa, all houses in this village were damaged. However, no casualties occurred in this village. Now, half of the residents want to live in the higher grounds for resident relocation.
Before the disaster, there was a festival to pray for good health, called “Shishiburi”, and the role in the festival is inherited over the generations. But the props and equipments used for the festival have been lost or badly damaged, so the festival could not have been held for more than 2 years. This year, with outside help, they were able to prepare the props and equipments, to hold the festival.


The shrine was full of people, including the former residents who left the village after the disaster. There were many people who came running here and they all love this village.


The sound of festival music was strong. As the young and elders play music, I witnessed how the tradition has been succeeded.


There was also lively performance of the lion dance. The lion danced with disheveled hair. The residents, member of ArchiAid, and volunteers were bitten by the lion for good health.


The shrine held in the festival was also damaged by the Tsunami. The pathway and torii, gate, were washed away, and the building is still leaning. However, the festival is recovered by strong spirit of the residents. Through these actions, I hope it will be the opportunity to gather people, and provide the foundation of their life.

After the Shishiburi, the 1st residential conference was held.


It has been two years since the disaster, and the relationship between ArchAid and the disaster areas have been changing now. In the disaster areas, they have reached the stage where reconstruction plans are drawn up and being realized. We will support the process of the relocation by listening to concerns of the residents and making models and perspective drawings. Government and civil engineering consultant cannot manage that.
In Ooyagawa, the residential conference is established to draw a master plan for relocation. ArchiAid will attend the conference as an adviser. This time, 15 residents who want to relocate to the higher grounds attended the conference and discussed using a model.


At first, Professor Fukuya and Professor Tsukamoto explained about modification of the plan. After the explanation, we heard the voices of the residents. The main subjects of the discussions were about; 1) new prefectural road, 2) the plan of the higher grounds for resident relocation, 3) rebuilding houses, and 4) future residential conference.


The model shows the plan no.10, in which every house has the view to the sea. We represent some opinions of the residents, but there are still a few problems, for example, the relationship between the relocation site and new prefectural road.


We talked about new scenery and view of the sea from the site by using miniature scale houses.


The conference had a friendly atmosphere allowing residents to participate.


About the plan for resident relocation, for example, we talked about access to a meeting place from community lane, arrangement of fire prevention water tank, and parking for moving stalls. About rebuilding houses, I felt everyone want to make nice village through sharing opinions. Next residential conference will be held in late August.

On March 11th, when the disaster struck in Tohoku, I was a second-year undergraduate student. My first involvement in ArchAid project was the Summer Camp last year. At that time, the ground was cleaned up and there was a huge heap of wreckage, but there were few reconstructions.


Now, at Samenoura, one of the villages in Oshika peninsula, the reconstruction has already begun. We can start to see activities by the residents here and there. Nevertheless, almost all the people still cannot come back to their hometown. Many people still live in temporary housing, and recovery still has a long way to go.
This is our first residential conference in Ooyagawa. The plan for resident relocation is almost finished, so we will get deeply involved in their lives.
This time, it was easy to understand for the residents because of the large-scale model. The mayor of this village said that he thinks everybody would come to talk about future of this village at any time. I felt his strong passion for recovery.
I hope that Ooyagawa would be the hope for people in Oshika and Tohoku.
At last, I thank the mayor of Ooyagawa for inviting us.

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tsukamoto Laboratory, Master 1st year
Sara Hayashi

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2 Responses to 【Report】Ooyagawa Shishiburi/First Residential Conference

  1. Brad says:

    Great to see some english updates. Well done!

    It would be most helpful if you included site layouts with the models, at a good scale, so we can accurately see how the new construction is adjusting to the site and requirements of your clients. Just an idea.


    • 金森 絵美 says:

      Hi Brad, thank you for the comment. yes, we are now trying to update English pages, and hope we could provide more articles with both Japanese and English. and also thank you for the idea. we will work on that! – Emi from Press Bureau of ArchiAid

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