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Connections, connectedness and connectivity

 
Connections are so important in our lives.
This sense of connectedness and indeed, connectivity, is enhanced even further by the speed by which we can now find and make networks of like-minded people on the internet. We can find and make new friends with similar interests on the other side of the world and form relationships without ever actual meeting.

I am constantly amazed at how social networking makes connections possible that would never have been possible in the past.

Some of the most precious experiences for me have been a combination of online and offline connections and some encounters where I have been able to be a link in a chain of connecting other people together.
Some of these connections are complex with a long chain of preceding events that seem almost miraculous.

One recent example of this happened after a friend who often goes to Tohoko to do voluntary work posted a request on Facebook for volunteer English speakers to go to an English camp in the mountainside for children, some of whom were victims of the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. I volunteered and shared a room at the hostel with a student from Costa Rica, called Ana, as well as five children. Ana told me that she is working helping disturbed or traumatized children in Costa Rica and is spending two years studying in Japan. However, she was disappointed as she had not had the chance to see any real schools for disabled or disturbed children in Japan. I told her about the Face-of-Wonder art classes run by Kaneko Mitsushi-sensei. These are classes he holds mainly for people with intellectual disabilities and the art produced in the workshops is absolutely amazing. I know Kaneko-sensei through being a member of a group working on creating picture books using the art created in the workshops.
Anyway...as Kaneko-sensei was exhibiting some of the art at a gallery in Fujisawa during Golden Week I invited Ana to go with me.
Ana was so impressed with the art and the vision and talent of Kaneko-sensei and decided there-and-then to sign up for the classes he runs to train teachers in his "Face-of-Wonder" techniques.
So the Face of Wonder concepts will travel from Japan to Costa Rica via Ana thanks to the Ganbaro Miyagi NPO and Facebook!

This is a photo of Ana, Kaneko-sensei and myself with some of the art from the workshops in the background.

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Patricia, thank you so much!! Having the conection with you and recently with Kaneko sensei, gave so much sense and meaning to my stay in Japan. In fact today I'm going to the second class.
The envioroment in Taneko sensei class is very relaxing and friendly. The people in the class are very nice.
Once again, than you very much. Lets keep in touch!!
2013/05/26 12:22 PM, from Ana Morice
Ana, it makes me so happy to hear that you are enjoying Kaneko-sensei's classes. He is a very special person with so much vision and vitality.
I'm sure you will learn a lot in his classes and make good friends there, too.
Yes - let's keep in touch!
2013/05/26 9:30 PM, from Patricia Daly Oe









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