On 11th March 2011, a disaster unlike any seen in modern times swept across Japan, claiming almost 20,000 lives and creating over 300,000 refugees in the Tohoku region. Among these were 236 children who lost everything – their homes and their family all in one day.
On the 3rd July 2017, Aid For Japan in partnership with the Japan International Cultural Exchange Foundation (JICEF) will be staging a Japanese Culture event in London to raise awareness of the charity and also raise funds.
JICEF is a Japanese-based initiative whose mission is to encourage cultural building through international exchange activities. You can read more about their projects on their website: https://www.jicef.or.jp
This event will introduce several Japanese cultural arts, including a demonstration of Kendo (Japanese fencing) by JICEF members, a demonstration of Tanden-Tanren (Abdominal Core Training) by Battodo Fudokan, Japanese food, Zen meditation, the art of the kimono and the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.
The team at Battodo Fudokan will be presenting the martial arts demonstration. Founded by John Evans, the Fudokan dojo trains students in Japanese sword techniques. Nakamura Ryu Battodo is a distillation of traditional Japanese swordsmanship developed by one of the most respected swordsmen of the 20th Century. Kurikara Ryu Heiho is a comprehensive system of external and internal training that breaks down the obstacles in mind and body that inhibit natural and spontaneous wielding of the sword. Read more about their work on their website: http://battodo-fudokan.co.uk/
Aid For Japan founder Akemi Solloway will give a presentation on the charity’s work, particularly the plan to bring some of the orphans to the UK later this year. Akemi will also introduce 18-year-old student Sam Stocker, who is planning to fundraise for Aid For Japan when he travels to Japan this summer.
Entrance to this event is £10, which also includes a rice ball (onigiri) and Japanese sweet (dorayaki). Please click the link below to purchase a ticket.
Monday 3rd July 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Weymouth Terrace (access through the Dunloe Street Entrance)
London E2 8LS
£10 (via the Aid For Japan website)
JICEF will be staging their presentation from 6:30pm to 7:10pm. Aid For Japan will be talking about the charity from 7:10pm to 8:00pm.
Thank you to Japan Centre and Wagashi shop. The rice ball and Dorayaki (Japanese sweet) are included in the ticket price. The Japan Centre donated rice balls, and Wagashi shop donated Dorayaki.
Please note that timings and events may be subject to change.