|The children receive a present |
for a snack from Santa Claus.
Sendai-shi, Miyagi Prefecture:
About 40 kindergartners, elementary and junior high school children with hearing loss enjoyed an early Christmas party at Taihaku-ku Cultural Center in Sendai-shi, Miyagi Prefecture on December 13.
They enjoyed activities using sign language, such as making ornaments for a tree, having a snack given by a volunteer staff dressed like Santa Claus.
An organization called "The Arts for Hope" based in Tokyo sponsored this event. It works on the activity centering on three prefectures hit by the 2011 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake: children and people together draw a picture on playground equipments in a park and an outer wall of a building in the areas.
The Miyagi Prefecture group of parents having hard of hearing children, which requested an event to take place, explained, "because of being hard of hearing, the children develop sensitivity while using visual clues, so that they also lead to growth."