Orphan’s Christmas Presents 2019

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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 2019. These gifts would not be possible without the kind support of the people who donate to the charity.

The 11th of March next year marks the 9th anniversary of the Tsunami, which we will (as always) commemorate with a fundraising Japanese cultural event. We shall never forget what happened in 2011.

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 2019 Report

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This November saw the return of the annual Doki Doki (“heartbeat”) Japanese Culture Festival (http://www.dokidokifestival.com) in Manchester.

Once again, Doki Doki welcomed Akemi Tanaka as a guest speaker – and also featured Aid For Japan as the event’s selected charity.

Akemi gave a talk about the charity and also took part in a panel answering the audiences questions about Japanese life and culture. It was also a good opportunity for Akemi to promote her new book The Power Of Chowa.

With events and vendors covering Japanese food, dance, music and martial arts, the two-day event was very well attended, many of the participants entering into the spirt of the event by wearing costumes of their favourite anime characters. 

Over £7,000 was raised by Doki Doki directly for Aid For Japan. Funds were also raised by Genki Gear, who donated sales of their Doki Doki T-shirts which raised £356.95 (shirts are still on sale via their website: https://genkigear.com) and also the Meian Maid Cafe who donated proceeds from their cafe event.

Our gratitude and thanks go to Doki Doki, Genki Gear and Meian Maid Cafe as well as all those who helped achieve this fantastic result.

The Genki Gear T-shirt is also still on sale via their website: https://genkigear.com.


Maria’s Summer Visit 2019

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An important part of Aid For Japan’s mission is to reach out to some of the orphans from the tragic events of 2011. While the charity aims to connect with these children through the annual summer residential courses, 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.

This summer, Maria was one of the orphans who made the journey from Japan. Maria is one of the children that Aid For Japan has supported since the early days of the charity (as seen in this special TV coverage). As ever, Maria initially stayed with Aid For Japan founder Akemi and husband Richard who both did their best to make Maria feel at home.

For any curious teenager, it’s always interesting to take in the sights around London. On that basis, Maria and Akemi made visits to the National Gallery, Tate Modern and the ever-popular Harry Potter tour. But there was also time for shopping, which included trips to Piccadilly, Covent Garden, Camden Market and Old Bond Street. She was also lucky enough to get a tour of St Martins Art College and to take in a musical in London.

On this visit to the UK, Maria also went a little further afield to stay with a new host family for a brief period in Bury St Edmond.

Exploring food is also an adventure – and Maria managed to show off her own baking and cooking skills. As well as making lemon cake and brownies, she prepared a special Japanese-style hamburger dinner as a thank you to Akemi and Richard for looking after her.

On one particularly pleasant summer day, Maria was also treated to a special picnic in a London park. For a brief afternoon, it allowed her to enjoy the tranquility and peace of nature – and also to enjoy a tasty picnic lunch!

Although her UK trip allowed Maria to take a break from her routine in Japan, school work is still important and she diligently did her homework when time allowed. She even helped with the administration of the charity by assisting with the donation box cash calculations.

Maria, like so many of the orphans of the 2011 earthquake/tsunami, is faced with the memories of that tragic event on a daily basis. Having the opportunity to enjoy a few days in a different environment, which brings them happier memories, is an important step in the road to recovery.

Aid For Japan extends its gratitude to all those that have helped with activities this summer, including the host families and Akemi’s language students.

Elizabeth’s 10 Mile Run in Portsmouth

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Much of Aid For Japan’s ability to help the orphans of the 2011 tsunami/earthquake is through the work of volunteers and fundraisers.

Grassroots initiatives help to raise funds so that the charity can continue its vital work.

Elizabeth Morgan is one of those supporters who was inspired to help when reading about Aid For Japan’s mission. As a result, she is planning to run 10 miles for Aid For Japan this coming October. “I am running 10 miles along the Portsmouth coast” comments Elizabeth, “a running route I know well as I have suffered it before!!!”

Aid For Japan extends its thanks to Elizabeth and wishes her all the best for October!

You can donate to Elizabeth’s fundraising efforts through her JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ellerunsforjapanaid

Aid For Japan also welcomes donations any time through our dedicated Donations page: http://www.aidforjapan.co.uk/donations/

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