Aid For Japan – 8th Anniversary Event

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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.

This year marks the eighth anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami – it’s a time to reflect, and a time to commemorate the lives lost. We hope that you will join us for a special event of remembrance in aid of the orphans of the disaster.

Date: 10th March (Sunday) 17:00-18:00
Place: Islington Yoga School, 357 City Road, London EC1V 1LR (near Angel station).

There will be a presentation of a video interview with Yukio Saito. Saito Sensei is headmaster of Ishinomaki Nishi High School. Ishinomaki town was severely damaged by the tsunami in the disaster. Saito Sensei has written about the experiences of those at the school during and after the disaster.

As the school buildings were on higher ground, many local people took shelter there and the school gymnasium became a mortuary that eventually held more than 700 bodies. The title of his book Ikasarete Ikiru (lit. ‘Allowed to live so Live’) describes the mission of those who survived – both children and adults. Saito Sensei will be visiting London this summer.

Cost: £10 includes one drink (wine, beer, soft drink, tea, coffee) and a Dorayaki

After this event we will have dinner at a Thai restaurant nearby: Thai Square, Islington, 347 Upper Street, London N1 0PD.

Please let us know if you would like to join us. Contact:

Aid For Japan recognised by Prime Minister

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Aid For Japan founder Akemi Solloway Tanaka has been recognised for her work with the charity by the Prime Minister as part of the Points Of Light campaign.

Points of Light are outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community. Every week day the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award.

In a personal letter to Akemi, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“Through ‘Aid for Japan’ you are helping children who suffered the devastating loss of parents and loved ones in the Tohoku earthquake to rebuild their lives. Thanks to your tireless fundraising efforts, the charity’s residential programmes are ensuring that these young people can regain their confidence and reach their potential.”

First established by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, over 6,000 US Points of Light have been recognised in the USA. UK Points of Light was developed in partnership with the US programme and launched in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street in April 2014.

Since then hundreds of people have been named Points of Light by the Prime Minister, highlighting an enormous array of innovative and inspirational volunteering across the length and breadth of Britain.

Orphan’s Christmas Presents 2018

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In the wake of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, hundreds of children also lost their parents and families.

Aid For Japan was founded by Akemi Solloway to support the orphans of this tragedy. In the short-term, the charity lends help to these children by supporting them and their carers as they rebuild their lives.

Every year, Aid For Japan arranges for Christmas presents to be sent out to Japan for the orphans of the Tsunami.This tradition continues in 2018. These gifts would not be possible without the kind support of the people who donate to the charity.

If you would like to help the children in Japan, then please follow this link to donate:

Thank you for supporting Aid For Japan.

Doki Doki Report

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On the 10th of November 2018 (Saturday) the annual Doki Doki (“heartbeat”) Japanese Anime festival ( was held in Manchester at the Sudgen Sports Centre.

The day-long festival included demonstrations of martial arts, kimono, dancing and folk music and a large selection of anime related merchandise was on sale. Many of the attendees enjoyed dressing as their favourite anime characters (“cosplay”) creating a colourful and interesting atmosphere. Akemi sat on a panel of Japanese experts taking questions on Japanese culture old and new from the audience. Akemi also gave a lecture on Japanese etiquette.

Meanwhile, charity assistants raised funds by writing people’s names in Japanese Kanji. As in previous years the event was well attended and the organisers of the event contributed £1,000 to Aid for Japan, so once again our thanks go to the Doki Doki team, and Andrew Gaskell in particular for their hard work and generosity.

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