Maria in the UK

Maria in the UK

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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 year saw Maria making the journey from Japan. Maria is one of the children that Aid For Japan has supported since the early days of the charity (as seen in this special TV coverage).

At the end of July, Maria arrived in the UK to spend a break assisted by Aid For Japan and its team of volunteers. The first port of call was the Asian Wellness, Yoga & Vegan Festival in Richmond. The event featured yoga sessions, Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes while Aid For Japan staged origami and calligraphy demonstrations for enthusiastic attendees.

Maria was very tired by the afternoon, but perked up for a special evening welcome party staged at Tokyo Diner in London’s China Town.

One of Maria’s dreams was to travel on the Eurostar, so regular charity volunteer Angela and interpreter Shiori took Maria to London’s St Pancreas station for a trip to Brussels. During the journey, Maria took time to catch up on her science homework while the train zipped to its Belgian destination.

Arriving in Brussels, Maria enjoyed a walk around the main square – and tucked into a treat of a cone of strawberries dipped in chocolate. Belgium is world-renowned for its chocolate, something which Maria got to sample first-hand by visits to some of the city’s best chocolate shops.

After lunch, Maria enjoyed some of the rich culture of Brussels, which includes the ornate facade of the Town Hall and the visually stunning Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. Meanwhile, the famous Manneken Pis (a statue of a little boy peeing) raised some giggles.

After her adventures in the UK and Belgium, Maria returned to Japan, but sent a message back to her UK friends: “It was a good memory this summer. I really appreciate your kindness”.

Maria, like so many of the orphans of the 2011 earthquake/tsunami, is faced with the memories of that tragic event on a daily basis. Having the opportunity to enjoy a few days in a different environment, which brings them happier memories, is an important step in the road to recovery.


Aid For Japan extends its gratitude to all those that have helped with activities this summer, including the host families and special thanks to Angela Shaffer.

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.

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