1000 Origami Cranes

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Let’s make origami cranes…

In Japanese culture one thousand origami cranes strung together symbolises hope, peace and healing. We thought it would be a good way to bring people virtually together, to commemorate ten years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011.

Fold an origami crane and post a picture of it on social media using the hashtag #1000Cranes. Aid For Japan will collect all the photos together, and make a collage of one thousand cranes. We will unveil the collective artwork on 11th March 2021 as part of our online cultural fair.

If you can, we’re asking for a £1 donation per crane (click on the button below). All proceeds go to helping the orphans and victims of the tsunami.



Anyone can take part. Make as many as you want. You don’t need special paper!

How to make your crane

Watch Yuka’s origami crane making workshop on how to fold an origami crane.


Or you can follow these instructions with diagrams to help you:

Once you’ve finished making your crane, please take a photo of it following the example below. This will help us make the best photo collage!

How to share your crane

Share the photo of your crane via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #1000Cranes. If you would prefer to send your crane images to us by e-mail, please send them to info@aidforjapan.co.uk

We also welcome messages of support, which can be shared alongside your crane. Many people in Tohoku are still feeling the after effects of the tsunami disaster and would appreciate messages of kindness now more than ever.

Enjoy making your crane – let’s try to make one thousand!


Some of the origami cranes people have already made!

You can see more origami cranes on our dedicated gallery via the link below:

Aid For Japan 2020 : The Year In Review

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Braving a tough year…

2020 has proved to be a very tough year, particularly with the advent of the Covid-19 crisis. As well as having an impact on so many lives on a personal basis, it also affected businesses and charities, including Aid For Japan, who struggled to keep moving through the many months of the pandemic.

In March, Aid For Japan had planned to stage its annual fundraising event in London. This year marked the ninth anniversary of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami and plans were already in place to stage a commemorative event which would also be a celebration of Japanese culture. This was to have included a History of the Kimono talk, Fudokan Battodo martial arts display and cosplay activities.

Although the country had not yet moved to institute lockdown arrangements, decisions to cancel events were being made daily by venues, promoters and organisations because of the Coronavirus and the subsequent guidelines designed to combat its spread.

To safeguard the well-being of our attendees, supporters, venue staff and the public, Aid For Japan unfortunately took the decision to postpone the event for 2020. The charity is looking to reschedule for 2021, which will also coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the tragedy.

Prior to the issues that the Covid crisis brought to the country, there were still fundraising initiatives being staged to benefit Aid For Japan.

Last year, the students at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in Elstree staged a Japanese cultural event to raise funds for Aid For Japan (see our previous report). This fundraising initiative was coordinated via the school’s Japanese Club, which regularly stages activities for the younger pupils on aspects of Japanese culture.

In December 2019, the students organised another event to help raise funds for the charity in the form of a Christmas Sale. According to Menaka, one of the students involved in the event, the Christmas Sale was a huge success. “We spent a long time making origami cards to sell and they ended up looking really nice, and we had an order system for people to buy personalised cards if they wanted. We also sold Hello Panda, iced tea, origami Christmas decorations, handmade bracelets and items which our teacher bought from Japan, such as sakura notebooks and Hello Kitty tissues!”

As a result, the Japanese Club raised an impressive £211.86 in total for Aid For Japan.

Every year, Aid For Japan arranges for Christmas presents to be sent out to Japan for the orphans of the Tsunami. This tradition continued in 2020. These gifts would not be possible without the kind support of the people who donate to the charity.

An important part of Aid For Japan’s mission is to reach out to some of the orphans from the tragic events of 2011. 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.

Next summer, the charity would like to invite two of the orphans, Manami and Yuto to come to the UK. Earlier this month, Manami passed her entrance examination to go to university. Gradually, the orphans have been rebuilding their lives in the years since the tragedy. You can help with arranging the UK visit for these children by donating to Aid For Japan.

If you would like to help the children in Japan, then please follow this link to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/AFJ-TsunamiOrphans


Much of Aid For Japan’s activities this year would not have been possible without the tireless work and dedication of the charity’s small team of volunteers and helpers. This includes Angela Shaffer, Sumika Hayakawa, Bree Van Zyl, Paul Browne, Richard Pennington and Shiori as well as all the other people that have assisted throughout 2020.

Aid For Japan would also like to extend its grateful thanks to the staff and students at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls and the Japan Centre. Thanks also to all those that donated or helped Aid For Japan in other ways throughout 2020.


Orphan’s Christmas Presents 2020

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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 2020. These gifts would not be possible without the kind support of the people who donate to the charity.

An important part of Aid For Japan’s mission is to reach out to some of the orphans from the tragic events of 2011. 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.

Next summer, the charity would like to invite two of the orphans, Manami and Yuto to come to the UK. Earlier this month, Manami passed her entrance examination to go to university. Gradually, the orphans have been rebuilding their lives in the years since the tragedy. You can help with arranging the UK visit for these children by donating to Aid For Japan.

The 11th of March next year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Tsunami, which Aid For Japan will commemorate.

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

https://www.justgiving.com/AFJ-TsunamiOrphans

Thank you for supporting Aid For Japan.

Event Postponement

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Dear All,

It is with regret that after discussion with the Aid For Japan team and also with the venue, we have taken the decision to postpone the commemorative event originally scheduled for Saturday 14th March.

In recent times, decisions to cancel events are being made daily by venues, promoters and organisations because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the subsequent guidelines that are being made and amended to combat its spread.

To safeguard the well-being of our attendees, supporters, venue staff and the public, we have taken the decision to postpone the event at this time. We will re-schedule for a later date when it is safer for public gatherings.

While there is not, as yet, an official position from the government on the suspension of public events, this situation is possibly subject to change. We feel that Aid For Japan has a social responsibility to support any action that can halt progress of this virus.

We will confer with the venue and look at alternative dates. We will also contact all ticket holders to issue refunds.

We hope you understand our decision and we hope to reschedule as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, if you have concerns about COVID-19 then these links should help provide information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Regards,

Aid For Japan Team

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