Support Chris Pickering’s Marathon Run

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Chris_marathonAid For Japan is helped by volunteers who help raise funds both at home and abroad. Chris Pickering is taking part in a marathon in Japan to show his support.

Chris lives and works in Niseko, Japan and explains why he’s fundraising for Aid For Japan: “Through my company, HTM, we support local charities including two orphanages and a group called “Fukushima Kids”, children who were displaced or orphaned as a result of the Tsunami in 2011″.

“Aid For Japan is a great little charity from the UK who work to support the children who were orphaned as a result of the Tsunami and I wanted to give all my friends and colleagues from all over the world the chance to help too!”

On 23rd August Chris will run the marathon leg of the Ironman Triathlon Japan in Toya, Japan. 7 days later he will run the Hokkaido Marathon in Sapporo. Please help show your support for Chris – and help raise funds for Aid For Japan!

You can donate directly via his JustGiving page here:

Summer Residential Course 2015

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summer_course_typicalEvery year, Aid For Japan organises a special Summer Residential Course in Japan. The course offers a chance for English volunteers to directly support the orphans that the charity was set up to help with a series of activities and events.

This year’s Aid For Japan residential study course for Tsunami orphans and our foreign volunteers will be held at Yakushi-ji temple in Nara prefecture, Japan. More Inside  »

Aid For Japan at MCM London Comic Con

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To raise awareness for the charity, Akemi Solloway and volunteers from Aid For Japan are a regular sight at many events across London and the UK.

On the 24th May the team stopped off at the hugely popular MCM London Comic Con. The event saw 122,000 visitors attending over the three days of the event – which plays host to everything from movies, videogames and comic books to anime, manga and cosplay.

Akemi and the team handed out flyers to let people know about the work Aid For Japan is doing for the orphans in Japan.

Aid For Japan at Collectionaires

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In the run up to Christmas, Aid For Japan was kindly invited to partake in a day of Japanese culture at a special pop-up shop in London’s fashionable district of Chelsea by Collectionaires.

Collectionaires offers an exclusive selection of luxury clothing and accessories for women. Their choice of over 200 styles is carefully selected from the collections of some of the top fashion designers in Japan.

Sam Sake offered a wonderful selection of drinks – as well as a quick education on the different grades of sake…


Aid For Japan founder, Akemi Solloway, offered attendees the opportunity to indulge in the art of the Japanese Tea ceremony and kimono dressage – a refreshing break from a day’s shopping!

Meanwhile, the basement area of the shop was transformed into a sake bar, with Sam Sake offering a wonderful selection of drinks, as well as a quick education on the different grades of sake. All funds raised were generously donated to Aid For Japan.

To complete the experience, nail artist Kitsune provided beautiful nail art ranging from the subtle and sophisticated to hyper-Japan kawaii (cute) designs.

The day not only provided an opportunity for people to learn more about Aid For Japan and its aims and goals, but also explore the latest Japanese fashions and indulge in some of the most popular forms of Japanese culture. We were delighted with the enthusiasm and curiosity of all who came and are confident that there will be more events where that came from in the very near future!

Aid For Japan offers its sincere gratitude to Kevin House of Collectionaires and to Kasia Hitchcock of Sam Sake.

Photos by David Griffiths

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