Fukushima Kids&Host family/ Talking session in Fukushima report

During Cairns Project, Fukushima kids stayed with host family.

Fukushima kids really have wonderful time.

Himari Hamatsu

Cairns was awesome! Encounters with so many people. Precious experiences.
All are now my treasures. I will never forget the memories I made in

This project was successful, thanks to the support of so many people. Thank
you so much. I aspire to live my every day life not forgetting the attitude
of gratitude and the knowledge that Fukushima is cheered on by so many

At the airport, my host mother saw me off until the very end. The last
hug we exchanged made me feel so sad.
I promised that I will return so I will definitely come back to Cairns!!
Thank you so much for everything.


Manaka Mashiko

From the first day Denice took me around to various places. Although I was a bit tired I was very happy. At the zoo, they let me hold a koala. I was scared at first but it was good.
They cooked meals everyday for me and they were delicious. I was also happy to have fruits every time. I only come up with words of appreciation.
At the farewell, I did not cry but the days I spent here were really fun. I came to love Cairns so I will come back again one day!
Thank you so much.


Koki Fujita

Firstly, at the BBQ last night, it was really hard to say goodbye to everyone. In my heart, I felt the feelings of wanting to spend more time with everyone and wanting to stay in Cairns grow stronger and stronger.

When I returned home to my host family’s place and after spending time with them, I was told that it was the “last good night”, and this made me feel
even more sad.

And finally today, I arrived to a moment when I had to say goodbye to Cairns.
When I reflect, although 10 days is a very short period of time, I felt that each moment was lived out fully. I made many friends and I was able to make good relationships with those who supported me. That in and of itself is something I’m very happy about.
Also, I experienced many things in Cairns that I could only do there and I could not do in Fukushima. I went swimming in the sea, rode on quad mikes and went down a crazy road in crazy speed, lied and rolled on the grassy field, spoke a lot of English and there are so many more, but everything was just exciting.
Moreover, I feel that I was able to grow mostly as a person in the last ten days. When I first arrives in Cairns,I thought that I didn’t need to take much initiative and to just do what I was told to do.

However, after interacting with my host family, and through the precious farm experiences, I soon realised that I cannot continue to have such attitude.
Furthermore, what Kodama san said to me was carved in my heart, and that was: “With speech, the more you do it the better.” I thought that perhaps
the more I do this something might change, so I became more proactive in doing speech. Then, I soon realised that I could get a better hang of pronunciation, and I realised that the negative feelings inside me soon turned into confidence. Now, I feel like I’m a speech addict - I just grew more and more in love with talking with people. This transformation is all thanks to Kodama san and everyone in Cairns. My team mates and people who supported us in Cairns have all contributed to improving my pronunciation
as well as being good inspiration and influence. 

Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in this project.

My most memorable part of the trip was the opportunity I had to debate about energy issues with Kodama san, Nick, Jason and Yuka. There are not
many people around me whom I can discuss about energy issues. Therefore, it was so fun and I was so happy to be able to express my opinions about
energy issues and to hear directly from others about their perspectives.

I want to go back to Cairns right now. But there are thins I need to do here. The best thing I can do for people in Cairns right now is to study hard and to develop new energy that I promised to everyone. Therefore, I want to give my all in making this dream come true.
There is a song lyrics that goes: “Goodbye is not a sad word; it is a ‘yell’ of our heart that links us to our dreams”. Just like this lyrics, I aspire to apply what I learnt and experienced in Cairns to future steps towards my dream, and to do my best so I can repay the kindness I received from this trip.

Thank you very much.
Koki F.

Emiru Okabe

I was able to meet a lot of people in Cairns. Especially, I would like to express my appreciation to the McCarthy family. I was playing catch ball with Tim like every day. He was very active so it was a good exercise.
Mike always made me delicious meals. He was a very cool “house husband”!
I was always with Maki. She’s powerful and funny, she is awesome!

I also had the opportunities to listen to many other people such as Nick, Andrew, Taka and so on. I could realise the importance of people’s networks, and that if you make an effort even just a little at a time then one day you can achieve the goals.
This 10 days has been a really happy time, seeing beautiful big ocean, sky and mountains, eating food, all of which are not in Fukushima.
The moment of farewell came in an instance and I feel sad. But I felt happy when Mike told me I was welcome to come back any time. I thought I was going to miss Cairns as much as how much I missed my family when I said good bye to them in Fukushima.
All these precious experiences were not possible without many people’s support. I can’t thank them enough.
I am not going to end my learning experience here; even after I go back to Fukushima, I want to extend all the things I learned and felt in Cairns as part of “my voice”.

Mito Kondo

Today I had to farewell with my host family who looked after me so much. They woke me up in the morning and made meals for me. I really appreciated for their kindness. At the time of farewell in the airport, I wanted to cry.
At yesterday’s speech, I was able to tell the reality in Fukushima and what I have experienced in Cairns, clearly in my own words. 

At Taka’s farm I learned about the importance of people’s connections and world peace. I became interested in the Peace Walk so one day I want to participate.
There were so many other things I have experienced and so many people I have met during the stay. I cannot write everything here so I’ll stop there.
To all the people who supported the program, who let us experience various things: I don’t want to forget about this experience until I become an old man, and I want to make the best out of this experience for my future.

Masato Kaneko

Today was the day I had to say goodbye to people of Cairns. I didn’t want to go back. I felt sad to suddenly be away from the people that were supporting us. So it made me think that I should send messages to them.
We gathered at the airport, boarded the plane and returned to Japan.
Cairns was hot and humid, so Japan felt all the more colder and my skin felt dry.
When we (team mates) first met and talked to each other for the first time, it was slightly awkward. However, as days passed, we bonded really well and
now, we are all really great friends. We were able to become great friends because of the support we received from Kodama san, Maki san and all the
people involved in Smile with Kids and Earth Walkers. Thank you so much!

In Cairns, I learnt so much. Among these, what I gained the most is the importance of study. Therefore, I will put in the effort to study hard and surprise everyone.
Thank you everyone for the last 11 days. I will never forget this beautiful memory.

Ririko Kanno

The people in Cairns took great care of me.

I especially want to convey my thanks to Andrew, Megumi and Naomi who took me in as my host family.
Andrew took me to many places and it was a lot of fun.
Megumi cooked us delicious food everyday. Naomi helped me with translating things into English, which I really appreciate.
There are many other people who shared their stories and messages. I want to give it my best in applying what I have heard to my life back here.

At Great Barrier Reef, I was able to go into the sea that I would not have been able to in Fukushima. It was so beautiful there and it was so refreshing. I could not experience this back here so I was so happy.
I would love to share what I have learnt and felt in Cairns to my family and others.

Miku Iwasaki

At first, ten days felt like a long time. However, it all passed so quickly.
When I arrived in Cairns, I was moved by the abundance and beauty of the surrounding nature. My host family’s place was at a place near Palm Cove,and it was a beautiful place where the sea meets the old trees that have been there for many years. My host mother Mie took me to many places on the second day there when we had some free time. It’s such a lovely memory.

In this project, I was able to meet many people. And in these interactions, it was great that I was able to converse in English.
I really don’t like the idea of going back from Cairns to Japan, but I would like to apply what I have learnt to my daily life back home.
It was such a precious experience.

Cairns LOVE.
Miku Iwasaki

Thank you so much for everything!


After they arrived Fukushima, they did speech.
This is movie in Japanese.


The movie will start in 8min.


Message from Fukushima Kids


Miku Iwasaki

In this project, Mr Kodama and Maki gave us many opportunity to share my feeling and comment.

At first I couldn't do well, but in the end, I could share my opinion and feeling.

I was so exited to go to Frankland Island and really enjoyed.

Most impressed thing for me was Andrew's talk about uranium.

I didn't know that we imported uranium from Australia, But I should know about Fukushima more.
I should learn about where I live more.

As Taka from Malanda farm said, I would like to connect many people.

I am not sure about my dream yet, but I would like to use English for job.

But I kwew that I couldn't speak English very well during this project, I would like to study hard and speak more.

Many people support this project, especially Smile with Kids and EarthWalkers,
We can enjoyed very much.
I never forget about this journey and I will do my best.

Also I would like to help many people.

Thank you very much.


Emiru Okabe

After 10days in Cairns, I felt strongly that it's important to have your own opinion and share to people.

Cairns people care about Japan more than Japanese people.
After Speech, They asked question seriously. A person said Things from Fukushima is not safe.  To say that kind of opinion is very important, I thought.

We all listened Andrew's talk. His NGO is against uraniam farm.
Land owner aboriginal lady felt guilty about Fukushima nuclear accident.

I thought only Fukushima was damaged. But not only Fukushima.
The people belong uranium land also suffered.
I didn't know many things and felt sorry about it.
I would like to study more and more.

I would like to be a sea animal doctor, So I would like to go university oversea.
After came to Cairns, I noticed that I haven't study much all subjects, not only English.
I will go to high School, so I would like to study hard.

Thank you so much for these valuable experience.
Thank you for support from Everyone.

Really appreciated.


Manaka Mashiko

I was very shy before.I was very quiet and I couldn't talk to people.

After this experience, I could talk to Australian people with relax mood.
I could say my opinion.

I could grow and improved myself.
I could talk to people who just met.

I wasn't confident myself, I couldn't say my opinion, I always used to  regret my attitude before.

I am thanksful to my mother to enroll this project.

For study, I would like to study all subjects with balance, not only one topic.

Thank you very much.


Himari Hamatsu

I really enjoyed this project.

At first time seminar, I was very nervous to speech in front of people, and I was so worried about it.

At Airport, Mr Kodama made friends and we did speech for them.

After They said it was great speech and I was so happy.

In Cairns,Most memorial thing for me is eat Kangaroo meat.

Host mother Maki san made special Kangaroo pie.

I met gentleman from Pakistan after we arrived to Japan, we could talk in English very well.

My English listening and talking skill improved.Thanks for Smile with Kids and Earth Walkers, Everyone.

Also Thank you for let me join this project, my family.

My dream was to become school teacher.
But now it changed to become nagotiator between Japan and Overseas.

Now I would like to study hard English and other subjects for my future.

Thank you very much for this great opportunity.


Masato Kaneko

I couldn't go pre seminar because I got flu.
Then on this projects, I met other students first time.

I was very nerbous, but I could became good friends with everybody.
It really enjoyed.

It was great experience to make speech everywhere.

My host mother Catherine was very kind.She knew I love Coke.
She prepare 30xCoke for me in the fridge.
I was so happy with her kindness.

Not only having fun, Andrew's uranium talk was inspired.
I've never listened specialist talk before.

It was great memory to eat crocodile and vegemite.

I had revolution in me.had a big change.

I hated study before, But I learned my English was not good enough, and felt need study more.
I would like to study more to enjoy overseas and job.

Thank you very much.


Mito Kondo

With this project, not only enjoyed, Also learned a lot.

When we visited Taka's farm, Taka san introduced us about peace walk.
They walk for "Peace and nuclear free."

I am so interested in this walk and want to join.

Bike ride in the farm was really enjoyed.

People in Cairns were really friendly and different personarily from Japanese people.
I could have a great experience because of people in Cairns.

Thank you for Smile with Kids and Earth Walkers Mr Kodama.
I could have a great experience like this because of many people's support.

I would like to support Cairns project and German Project from now.

Thank you.


Ririko Kanno

At pre seminar, I couldn't make a speech at all because I was very nurvouse.
But now I can make speech instead of nervouse a little bit.

I could enjoy many things like snokering and buggy...
I am not sure about my dream yet.
When I found my dream, I never give up.

Thank you for look after me, Smile with Kids and Earth Walkers.
I could do many things that we can't do in Fukushima.

Thank you for my family for send me this project.

Thank you very much.


Koki Fujita

At first, I thought Just follow advice and be quiet.
But In Cairns,My mind changed,  I thouht and act.

Most growth for me was now relly enjoyed speech in fromt of people.
Mr Kodama gave me much opportunity to do that.

I grow a lot.

Each moment in Cairns was so special for me.

Andrew's uranium talk was inspired.

Aborigini land owner coudn't stop that govement export uranium ,That kind of feeling was not only us, it was same feeling and glad to know.

My fear changed to having fun during project.

Most enjoyble time for me was discussion with Jayson, Nick, Mr Kodama and Yuka about sustainable energy.
I was so interested in about sustainable energy, but I did't have much chance to talk about in my home town.

But It was feel great to say my opinion, and listening opinion from adult was really enjoyed and great experience.

My dream is develop substainable energy and new energy.

For that, I would like to study hard
I grow a lot in Australia.

 I will change this experience into confidence and try study hard in life in the future and I grant my dream and want to repay a local person's kindness.

Thank you so much for my parents, Smile with Kids, Earth Walkers and Mr Kodama.

Because I do not want to waste what I experienced really this time, I grant an absolute dream and want to return.

Thank you so much.


Fukushima kids really had great experience in Cairns with local people.

With many speech opportunity, they get much more confident and changed a lot!

We learned a lot from kids as well.

We could invite 8 children from Fukushima to Cairns with many people's support in Cairns.
We really appreciated.

Thank you very much.

Thank you for did paper work in Japan and bring kids safely, Earthwalkers.

We wish these kids share their story and make peaceful world now and in the future.

Thank you very much.

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