Orphans in the UK 2017

Orphans in the UK 2017

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Part of Aid For Japan’s mission is to reach out to some of the orphans from the tragic events of 2011. While the charity aims to connect with these children through the annual summer residential courses, it’s also beneficial for the orphans to visit the UK when the charity can arrange it.

For children that have lost their parents, this is an important step that not only broadens their view of the world but also reminds them that the world remembers them.

This summer only one of the orphans, Maria, will come to England as the other children will be busy with extracurricular school activities. Maria will arrive on the 28th July (Friday) and leave on the 11th August (Friday).

During her visit, Maria will be taken sightseeing in London, take a trip to the countryside in the south of England, enjoy the Richmond Festival and visit Oxford. Maria’s chief wish is to take a ride on the EuroStar, so we will also arrange this for her.

Maria can be seen in the following Japanese news article (subtitled in English) when she visited England in 2012.

A special welcome party is also being arranged at Tokyo Diner, a Japanese restaurant in central London. If you are interested in attending the welcome party, the date is 29th July 2017 from 7:00pm onwards. You can order tasty Japanese food at reasonable prices from Tokyo Diner’s extensive menu.

It would also be appreciated it if attendees could make a donation (between £5-£10) to the charity on the night.

Tokyo Diner
2 Newport Place
London WC2H 7JJ

Meanwhile, if you would like to donate to our charity, please visit our Donations page or this page: www.justgiving.com/AFJ-TsunamiOrphans/donate/. Your contributions will help us to invite more orphans to England next summer.

Aid For Japan July Fundraiser

Aid For Japan July Fundraiser

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On the 3rd July 2017, Aid For Japan partnered with the Japan International Cultural Exchange Foundation (JICEF) to stage 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

Finally, charity founder Akemi Solloway gave an introduction to the Kimono, using a volunteer from the audience to demonstrate how they are worn. Akemi then explained the intricacies of the Japanese tea ceremony before completing with an excellent presentation about Aid for Japan, including an overview of this year’s visit by one of the orphans later this summer.

Attendance at the event was good, and £300 was raised for the charity.


Thank you to Japan Centre and Wagashi shop for their kind assistance. Thank you to our volunteers Angela and Richard and all of the Aid For Japan team for their support.

https://www.jicef.or.jp
www.akemisolloway.com

Aid For Japan & JICEF Fundraiser

Aid For Japan & JICEF Fundraiser

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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.





Date/Time:
Monday 3rd July 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Venue:
Theatre Studio
Haggerston School
Weymouth Terrace (access through the Dunloe Street Entrance)
London E2 8LS

Tickets:
£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.

https://www.jicef.or.jp
http://battodo-fudokan.co.uk
www.akemisolloway.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/134341250455653/

Please note that timings and events may be subject to change.

Icons of Time: Memories of the Tsunami that Struck Japan

Icons of Time: Memories of the Tsunami that Struck Japan

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The recently restored Fitzrovia Chapel turns gallery for a photography exhibition that commemorates six years since a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan’s northern coast on 11th March 2011.

Photographer Tomohiro Muda’s images are a poignant record of objects and artefacts found in the aftermath, each belonging to someone lost to the natural disaster.

The Fitzrovia Chapel is a magnificent Grade II listed building which underwent restoration work started in 2011.

The exhibition runs from 17th May to 21st May. Entry is free.

Fitzrovia Chapel
2 Pearson Square
London W1T 3BF

http://fitzroviachapel.org/

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