27.9.11

Tokiwa daigaku

トキワ大学とゆープロジェクトが、街の中ではじまりました。
いろいろな世界でご活躍されている方々を講師にお招きし、講演やワークショップをしていただくというもの。
第一回の今回は香川県出身の建築家、斉藤正さんの講演でした。斉藤さんは東日本大震災の被災地にお風呂を送るZENKON湯というプロジェクトをしていらっしゃいます。

スライド交えながらのお話。
現地の様子、最初は冷ややかだった現地の方々もお風呂が出来て、涙を流して喜んでくださったときのこと。
自分たちがただお風呂を送りたくて、被災地の方々が受け入れてくれてくれたからこそできたんだということ。
人が住まい、暮らしを守るはずの建築が、地震によって凶器となり、建築をやめるべきなのかと考えたこと。
なかでも印象的だったのは、仲間がいるからできたというお話でした。
斉藤さんがお風呂を送ろうと思って友達に相談したとき、みんな「よし、やろう!」と賛同されたそうです。
偶然にも主に現地に行ったりする主要メンバーが11人だったとのことで、アニメに重ね合わせて、被災地へ向かう道中に主題歌を聞いたりされていたとのこと。
ただお風呂を送るというお話ではなく、それを通り越したところにある斉藤さんのお人柄や熱い思いが伝わってくる時間でした。
忘れていたとても大事な物を教えていただいた気がします。ありがとうございました。
是非また第二弾してもらいたいです!

The new project 'Tokiwa Daigaku' just started in the middle of the town.
This is a project to have lectures or workshops by active people who are famous or popular in a variety of fields like real university. The first 'class' was a lecture of an architect, Tadashi Saito. He's a leader of the project 'ZENKON-Yu' which is to send ready-to-assenble Japanese bath to the desaster area in Tohoku.

He's doing this as volunteer from raising money from public to bring the bath to build it. He talked how was the places. When they visited there first the people there was not very friendly and  there was a chill in the air.  But when they saw the finished bath they gave him big, big thanks in tears.
He couldn't stop himself to do something for Tohoku so he just did it and this project succeeded thanks to the people who accepted him there he said.
He also said he thought if he should quit architecture because the buildings which should be 'home' and should protect people's 'life' became murder weapon because of the earth quake.
What I was touched most was his words 'I wouldn't make it without friends'. When he talked about this plan to his friends, all of them agreed and said 'Yes, let's do that!'. By chance there were 11 main staffs in the team and it was the same situation as a popular anime 'Thunder 11' so they were listening to the theme song on the way to Tohoku putting the 'brave mates' story on their minds. (Actually I think they are real Thunder 11!)
It was a really fruitful time not only to know their wonderful activity but also Mr. Saito's warm personality and his great passion beyond just the 'volunteer work'.
Thank you so much Saito-san! I was so touched and inspired a lot. I'm already looking forward to his second class! :)