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‘TOHOKU + Vancouver 1/365 Christmas Charity Festival’ at Nikkei Place -Continuous ‘Visible’ Support from Canada

‘TOHOKU + Vancouver 1/365 Christmas Charity Festival’ at Nikkei Place -Continuous ‘Visible’ Support from Canada

Children attended ‘Sweet Rose Arrangement Class’ at the event.

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 A charity event to support 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami ‘TOHOKU + Vancouver 1/365 Christmas Charity Festival’ was held at Nikkei Place (6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby) on November 2nd. The event was organized by ‘1/365 Charity Festival Committee’ and co-sponsored by ‘D WAY FOODS INC.,’ ‘Yamato Trading Co Ltd’ and ‘KONBINIYA JAPAN CENTRE.’

 Parents and children came to the event at the interval of the heavy rain on the day. There were 25 shops including wrapping washi (Japanese paper) shop, flower shop and waffle shop which are in favor of the purpose of the event. They enjoyed ‘Family Crest Tin Batch,’ ‘Wine Brewing Lecture,’ ‘Sushi Class,’ ‘YAKITORI Workshop’ and ‘Sweet Rose Arrangement Class’ and listened to violin and Tsugaru Shamisen played on the stage.

 An event representative Tsukasa Komori has helped selling products for reconstruction support at the events which were held at Nikkei Place so far. He became aware that ‘two years have passed since the earthquake occurred. In addition to fundraising support by purchasing products, it’s also important to let people know about the current situation at the affected area.’ He wishes ‘people would spend their one day per year for Tohoku’ and organized the project. He formed the Festival Committee by calling for volunteers and realized the project after continuous preparation from August.

 Two main concepts are: ‘projects joined by anyone from Canada and visible support with actual feeling’ and ‘good ideas and easier projects which can be done even in other regions.’ A lot of visitors stopped and listened attentively to explanations by volunteers at the booth of Tohoku support project selected from 10 of those.

 Mr. Komori explained, ‘What we can do from farther distance is actually limited, but only one-day attendance will make visitors know about the current situation of the affected area and lead them to have long relationship from Canada.’ The revenue of the project hits about 2,500 CAD.

 He looked back, ‘We are glad to know people’s interest to each project. Especially, we got a lot of offer for home-based English translation volunteers of “NEWSPAPER PROJECT Support for TOHOKU RECOVERY NEWSPAPER.” Volunteers and workshop members as well as visitors said “It was fun. We’ll be here if you need our help” when they were leaving. We can say that the project is successful.’ He also shows his willingness for future continuous support, ‘We are preparing to distribute “TOHOKU RECOVERY NEWSPAPER” in Vancouver and going to hold similar event next April. We’ll have projects that enable anyone to enjoy. We hope a lot of visitors feel free to come over.’

(Translated by Hiroko Shioda)

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