Aid for Japan Charity Dinner Tsurumi, Japan

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The charity dinner was organized by Aid for Japan to raise funds to help orphans of the 2011 Tsunami. The event was held in June at the Ten no In temple in Tsurumi near Yokohama city.

The temple was founded in AD 858 by the Tendai Buddhist sect (this is the Japanese website:

Guests at the dinner included members of Zonta International and The Rotary Club hailing from as far afield as the United States, England and Italy as well as local Japanese members and members of the Nara Zonta club. Star guest was a girl who is 17 years old, one of the orphans of the Tsunami.

After a tour around the temple grounds, the guests assembled to watch the temple’s head monk chant Buddhist sutras in front of the Butsudan in the beautiful main prayer room of the temple.

Everybody then moved on to the temple’s airconditioned dining room where a great spread of Japanese food (sushi, sashimi, steamed rice and vegetables, tempura battered fish amongst other items) lay in wait.

While the guests cooled down with glasses of beer, wine and sake, they were treated to a performance of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, curtesy of Ms Yukiko Murano and her assistant. Following this, Yukiko sensei was assisted by a model who demonstrated how to wear a kimono.

After a number of group photographs had captured the event, the satisfied guests returned to their Yokohama hotels.

The event raised £459 for Aid for Japan. Thank you to everybody who attended this dinner and especial thanks to Miss Sumika Hayakawa, Mr Ishiwata and Ms Murano for their kind help and support.

Maria to visit the UK this summer

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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 only one of the orphans, Maria, will come to England as the other children will be busy with extracurricular school activities. Maria will arrive on the 27th July (Friday) and leave on the 13th August (Monday).

Maria can be seen in the following Japanese news article (subtitled in English) when she visited England in 2012.

If you would like to donate to our charity, please visit our Donations page or this page: Your contributions will help us to invite more orphans to England next summer.

Tokyo Diner Charity Dinner Report

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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.

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.

Tokyo Diner restaurant

A February Tea Ceremony

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As part of Aid For Japan’s fundraising initiatives, Akemi Solloway stages Japanese cultural events throughout the year. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is always a popular event, with Akemi explaining the history of the tradition, which dates back to the 15th Century.

Last month, she presented a special Tea Ceremony event designed to raise funds for Aid For Japan. As well as talking about the ceremony’s origins, Akemi also demonstrated how to drink the powdered tea (macha) in the traditional manner. Japanese sweets and other refreshments were also available for attendees.

Akemi also provided the opportunity for the guests to try on a yukata (a light, casual wear kimono).

The attendees enjoyed themselves, while also learning a little about Japanese culture. Meanwhile, the event raised £290 – funds which will help Aid For Japan to continue its charitable works with the orphans of the 2011 earthquake/tsunami.

Learn more about Akemi’s work via her website:

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