9-year-old disaster victim dreamed of dance career
Kaito Yokota of Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, was a fourth-grade elementary school student in the city’s Yoshidacho district. He was killed in the disaster, which also claimed the lives of his mother, Mami, 41, and grandmother, Kazue, 67.
Thunderous sounds were heard as the slopes of the mountain behind his home, where the family of three lived, collapsed early Saturday morning. The two-story wooden house was buried under the mud.
A list of eight goals to improve his dancing skills, handwritten by Kaito, was posted on a wall in his home. They included “Firmly stretch out arms,” and “No slouching, stand up straight.” Mami took a photo of the list in April and shared it with friends via the Line smartphone app.
LDOCEには “to stand, sit, or walk with a slouch” とあり、名詞のslouchについては “a way of standing, sitting, or walking with your shoulders bent forward that makes you look tired or lazy” と定義されています。