Hard of hearing student volunteers to give a foot bath in stricken area

Makino (left) gives a foot bath to the elderly person, saying "I am glad that she looks happy and relaxed" in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture.
(photo: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/komachi/news/20110331-OYT8T00242.htm)

March 31, 2011

University student MAKINO Wataru (21) of Machida City, Tokyo, who is hard of hearing since 5 years old, works as a volunteer providing a foot bath in the stricken area, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake.

He is offering warmth to a local elderly person, saying that "I want to give these victims back the kindness of those who have supported me". When the foot was soaked in the bucket of the hot water with bath oil, elderly women felt relaxed at once, "Oh, I am getting warm".

Makino was massaging the arms and hands of the woman who was unable to take a bath after the earthquake, talking to her, "Do you get cold at night?" "Here is a vital point in your hand which you will be able to live long", etc.

He learned The Nippon Foundation (Minato Ward, Tokyo) was recruiting the volunteers of the foot bath at the time of the earthquake, and applied immediately. He left with 20 volunteers by bus on March 28, and started his activity the next day in the gym of a municipal elementary school, etc. which is used as a shelter.

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