On April 27, ZenPlay, the Edgewood Trio of (Beni Shinohara – violin, Margaret Moores – cello, and Marilyn Thompson – piano), and Himawari-kai co-hosted a fundraising concert in Tiburon, California.
Over 70 people came to celebrate beautiful music, friendship, food and wine in a true testament to the ZenPlay spirit: Play a little, give a lot.
We raised over $8000 in this event, and will send to Ichinoseki Fujinosono, over $6000 in donations (after expenses), to support over 40 children who live in the house. The children are looking forward to moving into their new home after having lived in temporary housing after the earthquake in 2011.
Video: Yuko Inatsuki
Fujinosono images: Steve Yamaguma
The Ichinoseki Fujinosono Children’s Shelter in Ichinoseki, Iwate prefecture, was damaged due to the earthquake of March 11, 2011. Malteser International raised monies to rebuild the shelter which will open in the summer of 2013. Designed with the most cutting-edge eco-design and technology this building will set new standards for sustainability and will be a model for global partnership and cooperation for the rebuild efforts in Tohoku. Sae Kani is the project coordinator for Malteser International.
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ABC NEWS AP PRESS
TOKYO April 19, 2013 (AP)
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck in seas off far northern Japan and far eastern Russia on Friday, but no damage was expected.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said sea changes were possible. No tsunami warnings have been issued.
The tremor struck around midday in the Pacific Ocean at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). The U.S. Geological Survey measured a stronger 7.2 magnitude.
Japan and Russia both claim some of the sparsely populated islands in the remote region.
The epicenter was 58 kilometers (160 miles) east-northeast of Kuril’sk, Russia, and 528 kilometers (328 miles) northeast of Nemuro, Japan.
The nearest land is the volcanic islands of Urup, Iturup and Sumushir. Hokkaido officials said the islands were not under Japanese control.
The area is about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) northeast of Tokyo.
3/16/13 Tokyo, Japan
U.S. Ambassador to Japan, John Roos talking about the two year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in the Tohoku region, on 3/11. An event was held to honor those who were affected including Ayaka Ogawa who lost her entire family in the tragedy. Through the help of the Tomodachi Initiative, she is now living in Michigan and attending school.
From US Japan Council
March 11 2013
For Immediate Release
Two years ago today, Japan suffered enormous tragedy. On the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, we remember the loss, but also recognize the progress made towards recovery and the strength and determination of the people of the Tohoku region.
I am currently in Japan with the 2013 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. This program brings Japanese Americans to Japan to build people-to-people connections with Japanese leaders from all sectors of society. For the first time in program history, the delegation visited Fukushima, where we learned about the state of the recovery efforts and sought to demonstrate that Fukushima is a safe and enjoyable place to visit. It was especially meaningful to be there on the anniversary of the disasters. From seniors to school children, we were inspired by the resilience and spirit of the people there.
We visited a temporarily-constructed elementary school that brings together three schools in one facility, spent time at Fukushima Medical University and toured an agricultural inspection center. At the exact moment of the earthquake, 2:46 p.m., we were at Odagaisama Center, a community support center for evacuees living in temporary housing. We observed a collective moment of silence.
Every visit in Fukushima reflected the sentiment that people want to share their experiences with the world so that others can benefit from the lessons learned. As Japanese Americans, we understand the importance of sharing one’s story in order to find common ground as the first step to building people-to-people and country-to-country connections.
Many alumni of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation program have shown a commitment to supporting Japan, reflecting the strong bonds built while on the trip. Past participants, along with U.S.-Japan Council Members and Board Members, have made numerous trips to the Tohoku region since the disasters.
The U.S.-Japan Council continues to support recovery and revitalization through TOMODACHI, our major initiative launched with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo with the support of the Government of Japan, corporations, organizations and individuals from the United States and Japan. In 2012, close to a thousand young people participated in TOMODACHI programs, contributing to our mission of investing in the next generation of Japanese and Americans. We are fortunate that several of our successful programs from 2012 will be repeated in 2013 and beyond. We are seeing great strides being made in creating a true “TOMODACHI Generation” of young people who care about each other’s countries and cultures.
We have also been committed to supporting the growing non-profit sector in Japan. Many of the organizations we funded through our initial USJC Earthquake Relief Fund have stayed engaged with the Council by attending our events and networking with their American counterparts. By providing platforms for the exchange of information and by building a strong network of non-profit professionals from both countries, we hope to continue bolstering support for civil society in Japan.
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our initiatives to support the Tohoku region as well as those who have engaged in activities with our partners and friends across the country. The outpouring of support from Americans, and especially the Japanese American community, has not ceased and continues to serve as a source of great inspiration across the Pacific.
By The Associated Press | Associated Press – 16 hrs ago
Feb. 2, 2013
TOKYO – A strong earthquake has struck Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, but authorities say there is no danger of a tsunami and there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency says the quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and hit at 11:17 p.m. (1417 GMT) Saturday in the Tokachi region in southern Hokkaido, at a depth of 120 kilometre (75 miles).
The agency says there is no danger of a tsunami from the quake.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake’s magnitude was 6.9.
Japanese public broadcaster NHK says nearby nuclear power plants, including Tomari and Higashidori, which are currently idled for safety inspections, have reported no abnormalities.
Masaru Akahane, of the Sendai Industrial Promotions, government office in the AER building near the Sendai shinkansen station, talks about the economic situation in Sendai City, Japan after the earthquake and tsunami of last year, and what they are doing to improve jobs and businesses. http://www.siip.city.sendai.jp/netu/english.html
Upon hearing that I would be traveling to the Tohoku region of Japan to visit Soma Aiikuen Children’s Shelter in Soma City, and Ichinoseki Fujinosono Children’s Shelter in Ichinoseki, my son’s Japanese class decided to sing a Japanese song dedicated to the children in those shelters. Led by Ushimaru-sensei, the students sang, played the music, shot and edited the video.
The students in the Wilcox High School Japanese Class in Santa Clara California wishes all the best and hope to build friendships across the Pacific Ocean.
They did an excellent job, putting their heart and soul into the project.
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 8:28 PM EDT, Mon October 1, 2012
(CNN) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s eastern coast early Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
With a depth of 9 kilometers (5.6 miles), the tremor was about 96 kilometers (almost 60 miles) east-northeast of Miyako and 550 kilometers (342 miles) north-northeast of Tokyo, according to the U.S. agency.
The quake occurred just over a year and a half since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a huge tsunami off Japan, resulting in thousands of deaths and the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.
The Japan Meteorological Agency, however, did not issue any tsunami warnings or advisories immediately after the Tuesday morning quake, according to its website. No such warnings were issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center either.
A little more than 30 minutes after this first earthquake, another significant, if slightly weaker one, hit the same general area.
This 5.1-magnitude tremor was about the same distance from Tokyo as the first and about 107 kilometers (66 miles) east of Miyako — which was among the areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami — according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Tuesday’s second quake was much deeper than the first, rooted about 38 kilometers (23.6 miles) below sea level.
It’s been one year and six months since the tragic earthquake and tsunami that devastated regions of the Tohoku area, and six months since our “One Year After benefit concert took place in Fremont, California. We had the opportunity to connect with many dedicated people helping the displaced children through the Living Dreams organization. And now, next month I will have an opportunity to travel to the area to actually meet some of them in person.
It’s one thing to rally our community together to raise monies for the victims of a disaster. It is another thing completely to come face to face with their reality, as they struggle day to day to bring normalcy back into their lives. The people of Japan are resilient and hardworking and have made tremendous strides in rebuilding their lives and their cities. But the toll has been taken, as thousands of acres of farmland have been contaminated, lives lost, homes swept away, and families displaced. It will take years before the area once again thrives.
I am not sure what to expect as I make plans for my short trip to the area. I hope to bring a message of good will and support from the many in our community who worked hard to stage our fundraiser. And I hope to meet the people who through sheer perseverance have rebuilt their lives and their homes, keeping the light of hope shining for all to see.
We have a lot to learn from these people.
I will be updating my experiences along the way.