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.