Yesterday, members from MS & HS eco club went to Rokko Mountain to plant sakura trees along the hiking route. We planted the trees along with other local groups that were working to preserve the greenery and tend to the plants on Rokko Mountain. Luckily, the weather was great despite the possibility of rain and the plum trees were blooming. There were about 120 participants in total and it was a pretty big-scale project. CA students gathered at Settsu Motoyama at 8:45 and the project started at 9:30. It started off with a speech by the organizers which was very long, and we exercised for a few minutes. I expected it to be ラジオ体操, which is a typical Japanese exercise done along the radio, but it wasn’t (not that it matters but… :P). After the exercise, we took a group photo (I am in the front row middle, and am wearing pink.) We separated into three groups; A, B and C. CA students were in A group and we were told to wear a helmet for safety. We soon started planting the trees and I enjoyed it very much. The view from the mountain was absolutely gorgeous, and it was very refreshing. I was able to successfully plant two trees, with the help of other participants, and I loved interacting and talking with them. Eating lunch amongst the beautiful plum trees was very delightful and was probably the definite highlight of the day. We wrapped up the project at about 1:00pm, which was earlier than planned. It was truly wonderful and also meaningful as an act of service. This activity helped preserve the beautiful greenery, helping the environment and also providing beautiful scenery for the hikers. I think I deserve 4 points for my participation and work. It was fabulous and I am looking forward to seeing the sakura trees bloom in April!