As reported by Hiromi Tabei
On April 28th, 2012, saw the completion of the Ohya Green Sports Park Signage project with the opening workshop/ceremony held that day. The beautiful signage by Mr. Higashi who had also worked on the bench at the field, used local slate for its roof and large beams previously used to hold the homes together for more than 200 years for its main structure. Two buoy with the Kanji "??" (Ohya) written on it, provides slight link to the areas coastal roots. From this day, this signage welcomes the visitors to the beautiful field.
The ceremony was held on a bright sunny Saturday afternoon, with former Japanese national team member of the 1998 French World Cup, Mr. Eisuke Nakanishi at the opening as a special guest.
At the ceremony, three flags, each with signatures of current J-League (Japanese professional football league) players from each team was presented from Nike. Afterwards, Mr. Nakanishi lead the workshop for the 30 plus children who gathered, playing mini games. The children got their first taste on the fresh turf they have helped set back in December last year.
On Dec. 10th, kids from FC Ohya and local schools gathered to help planting turf on the ground.
Hirohisa Higashi (Haizai Live) and his colleagues working on the construction of audience seating.
Here is the 12 min. video of the ground breaking ceremony (Jichin-sai) on November, 5th, held in traditional Japanese style.
All government permits for the Ooya Green Sports Park have been approved! Now we're good to go for the construction. Check out Tomoro's handsome model of the Sports Park, too!
We've been facing challenge with the local government. There are just a lot of paperwork and procedure to follow! But we want to do it right. We're going to submit our application to the city in the mid-September, and hopefully we can break the ground about a month from then.
This is an interesting idea. Autumn is researching the possibility of using weed instead of turf for our soccer pitch.
We need to figure out the design of the net around the field so that balls won't fly out to the highway or to the beach.
Thank goodness for the Internet! The Japan Team reviews the preliminary plan for the soccer field over Youtube!
Watch the video that our Design Fellow, Autumn Ness, took at the sports field site!