Tokyo Diner Charity Dinner Report

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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.

2018 marks the seventh anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami – it’s a time to reflect, and a time to commemorate the lives lost. Aid For Japan organised a special charity dinner at Tokyo Diner in London earlier this week to raise awareness of the anniversary.

The event brought together a multi-national list of attendees and Tokyo Diner had kindly provided a lavish spread of tasty sushi for everyone to enjoy. Additional treats included tea, cold drinks and pancake for dessert.

Akemi Solloway, the founder of Aid For Japan gave an interesting talk about Japanese etiquette, then the floor was open for questions for people curious about how the tragedy has affected people in Japan. Had the events of 2011 brought families closer together? Akemi, who returns to Japan on a regular basis to check in on the orphans, suggested that it had indeed resulted in families become more close-knit.

The event helped to raise £240, funds which will go to helping the charity in its goals to provide support to the orphans of the 2011 tragedy.

Aid For Japan extends its warmest thanks to the staff at Tokyo Diner and also to the attendees. Special thanks to charity Angela Shaffer for her report and for providing photos of the event.

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A February Tea Ceremony

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As part of Aid For Japan’s fundraising initiatives, Akemi Solloway stages Japanese cultural events throughout the year. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is always a popular event, with Akemi explaining the history of the tradition, which dates back to the 15th Century.

Last month, she presented a special Tea Ceremony event designed to raise funds for Aid For Japan. As well as talking about the ceremony’s origins, Akemi also demonstrated how to drink the powdered tea (macha) in the traditional manner. Japanese sweets and other refreshments were also available for attendees.

Akemi also provided the opportunity for the guests to try on a yukata (a light, casual wear kimono).

The attendees enjoyed themselves, while also learning a little about Japanese culture. Meanwhile, the event raised £290 – funds which will help Aid For Japan to continue its charitable works with the orphans of the 2011 earthquake/tsunami.

Learn more about Akemi’s work via her website:

Tokyo Diner Charity Diner

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Enjoy tasty Japanese food – and help support Aid For Japan!

Next month, Tokyo Diner will be hosting a Charity Dinner to support the orphans of the Japanese Tsunami of 2011.

This dinner will feature a 30 minute introduction to Japanese etiquette by Akemi Solloway Tanaka, free Dorayaki (Japanese red-bean pancake) as well as all the tasty sushi you can eat. Vegan and vegetarian are welcome!

When: Wednesday 7th March 2018

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Tokyo Diner restaurant
2 Newport Place
London WC2H 7JP

£25 per person (click button below to order via PayPal)

Please note that places are strictly limited, so we advise booking tickets early.

Japanese Tea Ceremony for Aid For Japan

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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).

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 27th February 2018

£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

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