The Director of the Sakyo Ward, Mr Masatsugu Ikeuchi, welcomed our international team with an inspiring and passionate speech. Pushpendra from India / Australia holds the torch with the Director.
This special display of the Peace Run and peace posters has been in the lobby for 10 days.
We were also surprised to meet the cute and playful mascot, Akari-chan from Kyoto Sakyo Council of Social Welfare, who promotes the Sakyo Wards’ social integration projects which help foster a feeling of community oneness and togetherness.
We were fortunate to meet members of the Senior Citizens Walking Club, who intended to brave the rain and walk with us along the Takano River path for the first two kilometres from the Sakyo Ward Office.
This Peace Run came to fruition with the kind and dedicated help of so many people. In particular, Section Head Yuzuru Sakamaki (2nd right) and Coordinator Yuki Hidaka (far right) of Kyoto City's Community Collaboration Department have helped us with their genuine concern and understanding.
One of Harashita's English students and her friend came from Kyoto Seika University to meet the team and to experience the spirit of the Run.
Amongst the walkers was Mr Hideaki Kouchi , a 94 year old marathon runner.
Mr Kouchi only began running at age 53 and since then has completed 11 marathons and still runs 10km every morning. He is planning to complete his 12th marathon in Okinawa in December. He is aiming to set a new world record for his age group.
Two more of Harashita's English students met us at the school to participate in the final ceremony.
Principal Choja of Kyoto Koka Elementary School.
Mr. Nakashima worked hard for months beforehand in organizing the Peace Run visit to Koka School.
Vice Principal Komiyama.
This one was done by our Executive Director Salil Wilson from Australia.
Some members of the team also had the opportunity to create their own pieces of art. Kanyaka from Bali, Indonesia, painted this plate with Jyotirmala.
Otis from USA painted the Peace Run logo.
Ms. Yamakawa, a Porcelain Artist, sponsored by the Kyoto Omuro Lions Club provided the children with ceramic plates and painting supplies. We are extremely grateful to them for making this special event possible.