Aid for Japan at Doki Doki 2017

Aid for Japan at Doki Doki 2017

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Doki Doki is an annual Japanese cultural event held in Manchester. It’s an event that combines both traditional Japanese culture as well as anime, manga, music and cosplay.

This year, the event once again chose Aid For Japan as its charity of choice. Akemi Solloway, alongside Misato Kishino and Richard Pennington, represented Aid For Japan at the event. This included manning a table at Doki Doki to promote the work of the charity. Misato helped to raise funds by writing people’s names in Japanese, while attendees were given information about Aid For Japan’s mission to help orphans of the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Meanwhile, Akemi was also on hand to talk about Japanese culture. This included speaking on a panel with Sumie Kent, Angela Davies and Helena Gaudekova. Akemi also hosted a special talk on Bushido, the code of the Samurai, which touched on the class system that was present in Japan in that era – and also about the role women played in the country’s history.

One of the clothing specialists at Doki Doki was Genki Gear, who specialise in T-shirts that often use witty Japanese cultural elements and colourful characters. The official Convention T-shirt for Doki Doki featured the festival’s cute fox mascot with all profits from sales being donated to Aid for Japan

In addition to the funds raised by the Aid For Japan team and Genki Gear’s generous donation, Doki Doki also donated the proceeds from the event to the charity as well. In all, the charity raised nearly £1,000!

Aid For Japan is very grateful for the kind gesture and wish to express our sincere thanks to Doki Doki, Genki Gear and also all those who donated to the charity on the day.

You can still order the Genki Gear Doki Doki T-Shirt via this link.

Doki Doki Festival 2017 to support Aid For Japan

Doki Doki Festival 2017 to support Aid For Japan

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Doki Doki – The Manchester Japanese Festival is an annual event held in Manchester celebrating both traditional and modern Japanese culture.

The organisers of the event have once again selected Aid For Japan as their charity of choice for this year’s festival.

Akemi Solloway will be a guest at Doki Doki to talk about Aid For Japan. She will also be part of a panel (alongside Sumie Kent, Angela Davies and Helena Gaudekova) discussing aspects of traditional Japanese culture and also giving a lecture about bushido.

Genki Gear, producers of a range of T-Shirts popular at conventions, will also be producing a very special shirt for Doki Doki with proceeds going to Aid For Japan.

Doki Doki, which takes place on Saturday 12th November, will feature a wealth of events and guests which includes a furisode demonstration, martial arts display and cosplay competition.

The event will also be screening a series of Japanese films and anime titles. Music will also feature at the event in the form of enka singer Akari Mochizuki and a taiko performance from Thunderdrummers.

Doki Doki takes place on Saturday 11th November at Sugden Sports Centre, Manchester. Tickets from £10 via

Charity Event: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Charity Event: Japanese Tea Ceremony

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Japanese cultural lecturer, Akemi Solloway Tanaka, will explain the history and philosophy of the Japanese Tea ceremony dating from 15th century. She will teach you how to eat Japanese sweets and drink powdered tea (Macha). Akemi’s introduction can be found here:

All the proceeds will be donated to Aid for Japan (, a charity that supports orphans of the 2011 Japanese Tsunami.

Flat 1
73 Randolph Avenue
London W9 1DW

Wednesday 29th November 2017

£30 per person

Booking is required as there is only room for 20 people to attend this event.

To book, please send an e-mail to

After confirming availability, please transfer £30 to this bank account:

Barclays bank “Aid For Japan”
Sort code: 20-72-17
Account No: 33018458

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.

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