Underpass decorated with painting by Deaf students after repair in Toyama Prefecture

The underpass decorated with the picture drawn by the students of the Takaoka School for the Deaf in Toyama Prefecture
(photo: http://www.chunichi.co.jp/)

January 16, 2013

The repair work of the underpass in the Route 156 running through Takaoka-shi, Toyama Prefecture, a part of northeastern Japan, was completed on January 15.

The students of the nearby Takaoka School for the Deaf who use the underground passage for the school zone decorated the surface of a wall of the sidewalk with their painting, and celebrated completion.

After paint of an inner wall was separated and danger for the easy slide on stairs in the 22-meter-long sidewalk was pointed out by the school, the Tomiyama river and national highway office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism was constructing from December, 2012.

The wall was repainted in bright white and beige and the skid was put on the stairs. The electric light of the light emitting diode is also used.

The picture (120cm long and 240cm wide) which decorated the surface of a wall was drawn by eight students. Their watercolor painting was processed into the tile.

The design of colorful branches extended from a big tree shows a wish of growth; its title is "Growing Up." Five pictures of the square tile of 30cm also were decorated on the surface of a wall on the other side.

The Deaf students have kept cleaning the underpass twice a year since 1989. They say, "By the repair, we are happy that the underpass becomes bright and safe to walk through."

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