Dream Weaver is leaving Iwaki Sun Marina, Onahama, Fukushima, tomorrow morning for Yumenoshima Marina, Tokyo. Hiro and Doug will have some other experienced sailors with them and are expected to arrive in Tokyo this Sunday afternoon.
Thank you, Fukushima people, for welcoming the Dream Weaver with open arms.
Hiro and Doug received beautiful flowers at the ceremony. Unfortunately, they did not have a place to decorate them, so they decided to give the flowers to a local retirement home and a day-care facility. Hiro and Doug were happy to see their smiling faces.
The arrival ceremony was held on April 21. Hiro and Doug sailed dinghies with the local high-school students and children, then enjoyed delicious tonjiru stew cooked by the parents.
After lunch, there were celebratory speeches given by the Mayor of Iwaki City, Mr. Shimizu, the Parliament Member of Fukushima Prefecture, Mr. Sakamoto, the Head of Second Regional Coast Guard Headquarter, Mr. Oodachi, and the Principal of Iwaki Kaisei High-School, Mr. Matsumoto.
Kuriyama-san, a blind musician, performed his original songs, “Dream Weaver” and “Real Victory” to celebrate Hiro and Doug’s achievement.
Then, something Hiro and Doug did not expect happened. They got to meet the yellow handkerchief designer, Yumeka’s family. They got to give them the handkerchief to her father and he gave the new ones back to them.