Time capsule opened at Deaf School in Hyogo Prefecture

The former students and others are excited to open the time capsule for first time in 15 years.
(photo: http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/news/hanshin/0003375464.shtml)

The Deaf children aged 1-6 currently attend the Kobato Special Support School for the Deaf, a preschool for the Deaf, in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture.

The former students who had graduated immediately after the Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake in 1995 gathered in the school again on August 29.

Attending were 8 out of the 13 students and about 20 concerned people including the teachers at that time and their families.

They took the "treasure" of collection of works and the pictures, etc. out of the time capsule that had been buried 15 years ago at the corner of the school ground.

Those memories of attending school, such as the hard work to learn how to speak with the parents, the graduation ceremony immediately after the earthquake, etc., revived vividly.

They experienced the earthquake two months before the graduation. The schoolhouse received damage, and the school was closed for a week or so.

Hiromi Tanabe, the head teacher at that time and former principal, remembered the terrible days of the disaster and explained, "All the children looked expressionless. We desperately tried to make them feel comfortable and relaxed".

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