Red Cross Smile Park
What is “Red Cross Smile Park”?
Outline of the program
Red Cross Smile Park (hereinafter “Smile Park”) is a mobile indoor-playground program planned and prepared for children whose access to outdoor play was limited due to the radiation effects from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. From February 2012 to December 2013, this event was held in 6 cities: Fukushima, Soma, Iwaki, Shirakawa, Koriyama and Sukagawa. In total, 13 rounds took place and 86,584 people visited the event.
This program was conducted as part of the recovery programs for people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. For more on the programs, please click on the link:
Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aid Report -Mobilizing people around the world who desire to help-.
Background of the Smile Park program
The program was aimed at providing children whose outdoor activities were limited due to the effects from the nuclear accident that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake with space where they could play freely and exercise to help them release their psychological stress and maintain their physical abilities.
In Fukushima, outdoor decontamination is under way. This is being led by the Japanese government and local municipalities. In spite all of this, the decontamination would take a long time and parents were concerned about letting their children play outside so children’s outdoor activities remained limited. As a result, decreased physical strength of children in Fukushima had been regarded as an issue. To grapple with this situation, elementary schools and junior high schools in Fukushima took measures against it. However, not enough measures for pre-school children had necessarily been taken. With this as a background, the Smile Park program was organized and conducted by the JRCS Fukushima Chapter for pre-school children in Fukushima to allow them to have opportunities to move their bodies.
Contents of the Smile Park program
On the indoor playground, play equipment such as huge air-filled equipment, ball pools, air tracks and cyber wheels were prepared so that children could play freely and safely. On the stage, programs, including a stage show of Anpanman which is popular among children, an exercise class and storytelling took place. In addition, talk shows were performed by some invited personalities. (Operations of the Smile Park program were outsourced to vendors.)
Organizers and corporations committed to the program
|Organized by:||Fukushima Chapter of the Japanese Red Cross Society|
|Co-organized by:||Local governments and Boards of Education of the venue cities|
Fukushima Association of Principals of National and Municipal Kindergartens; Fukushima Association of Principals of Private Kindergartens; FUKUSHIMA-MINPO CO., LTD.; THE FUKUSHIMA MINYU SHIMBUN; Fukushima Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.; Fukushima Central Television Co., Ltd.; TV-U FUKUSHIMA, INC; Fukushima Broadcasting Co., Ltd.; NHK Fukushima; Radio Fukushima; FM Fukushima
FUKUSHIMA-MINPO CO., LTD.; THE FUKUSHIMA MINYU SHIMBUN; Iwaki Minpo Co.; Abukuma Jiho-sha; The Mametimes; Fukushima Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.; Fukushima Central Television Co., Ltd.; TV-U FUKUSHIMA, INC; Fukushima Broadcasting Co., Ltd.; NHK Fukushima; Radio Fukushima; FM Fukushima; FM POCO; FM Iwaki; Koriyama Community Broadcasting; related associations of kindergartens and child care centers of the venue cities
Canon Marketing Japan Inc.; Sapporo Beverage Co., Ltd.; Touhoku Kyoudounyugyou Corporation; Morinaga & Co., Ltd.
EVERNEW INC.; SAKURA COLOR PRODUCTS CORPORATION; Photocreate Co.,Ltd.; Froebel-Kan Co.,Ltd; Canon Marketing Japan Inc.; KOKUYO FURNITURE Co.,Ltd.; Touhoku Kyoudounyugyou Corporation; POKKA SAPPORO Food & Beverage Ltd.; Hotman Co., Ltd.; Yakult
<February 2012 – December 2012> IMPRESSION
<July 2013 – December 2013> TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
Looking back on the program
Many people visited the “Red Cross Smile Park” program which provided 13 rounds in 6 cities in Fukushima from February 2012 to December 2013.
Reports of Smile Park rounds
Please click on the venue name below for each report in PDF format.
|Period:||Venue:||No. of visitors:|
|2012/02/08 - 02/17||Youth Center Gymnasium, City of Fukushima||5,340|
|2012/07/03 - 07/13||Minami Gymnasium, City of Fukushima||6,487|
|2012/07/22 - 08/03||Hamanasu-kan (General Welfare Center), Soma||5,297|
|2012/09/30 - 10/10||Nanbu Arena of Minami-no-mori Sports Park, Iwaki||7,607|
|2012/10/16 - 10/25||Commemorative Gymnasium of National Sports Festival, Shirakawa||4,775|
|2012/11/14 - 11/26||Sports Arena Soma, Soma||5,618|
|2012/12/18 - 12/27||Paruse Iizaka, City of Fukushima||5,766|
|2013/07/02 - 07/12||Minami Gymnasium, City of Fukushima||7,508|
|2013/09/02 - 09/12||Iwase Regional Training Center, Sukagawa||5,052|
|2013/10/16 - 10/25||Commemorative Gymnasium of National Sports Festival, Shirakawa||6,682|
|2013/11/06 - 11/13||Sports Arena Soma, Soma||5,371|
|2013/11/21 - 12/03||General Gymnasium, Koriyama||12,346|
|2013/12/08 - 12/19||Iwaki Shinmaiko Heights Gymnasium, Iwaki||8,735|