To finish the day we took time to thank the Patrol Run volunteers who helped arrange today's events for us. Mr. Torimoto, its leader in rainbow socks, is a trainer and even took care of leg conditions of some of the team members! Harashita met members of the Patrol Run back in October during a community get-together at Sakyo Ward Office, where we promised to collaborate somehow, which came to fruition in this fun and meaningful way!
The final procession with the Peace Run leading everyone around the park one more time.
Clad in a traditional costume of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, the north most island of Japan. The event is a true celebration of people from all walks of life.
Finally the Peace Run was invited back to the main stage to explain in more details about the Peace Run, sing our Peace Run song and World Harmony Run song, which some of the dancers there danced to. The songs gave everyone joy.
Harashita offered a certificate of Appreciation to the organisers of the event. Kindly taken by one of the younger members of the festival.
ピースランからの感謝状を受け取ってくれたのは主催者 At-Kyoto の小さな「新代表」です。
The main organisers of the event from At-Kyoto: (from right) Mr. Suzuki, Ms. Takeda and Mr. Kazuma. Harashita met Suzuki-san and Kazuma-san back in October 2017 during a community event at Sakyo Ward Office, and they immediately encouraged Harashita to make Kyoto Peace Run a reality.
These women in the traditional clothes of Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, danced so cheerfully along with our World Harmony Run song!
A few times during the Peace Run in Kyoto, we were treated to tasty Japanese meals at Sujata's Restaurant in Hyakumanben, near Kyoto University.
She has been running her restaurant since 1986, and it now offers vegetable ramen and Indian curries. In early days of the Peace Run Sujata organized a number of events in Kyoto and its surrounding areas.