Next week Kyoto Kanze Kaikan is holding two charity Noh performances to raise funds for victims of the 2011 Tohoku Disaster. They will be held on the morning and evening of March 11th - the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami. If you aren't familiar with Noh, it's best to take a script with you. There is a lot of talking in Noh plays, they are speaking medieval … [Read more...]
Kizuna From Kyoto: Supporting the Victims of the Tohoku Disaster
Jason Bartashius writes, Tonghwi Soh is no stranger to earthquakes. The Great Hanshin Earthquake destroyed the jewelry store his father worked at. It left him jobless and with no choice but to take another position for a lower salary. Although Soh was only four years old, he vividly remembers the day and the struggles that followed. Six years later Soh and his parents … [Read more...]
TA Project Camp – The Wrap-Up
Here's guest contributor, Sara Ai Coe, with an update on the TA Project's summer camp for Fukushima children. Last time I wrote about the TA Project for Deep Kyoto, I was the outsider looking in. I was so inspired by the passion of the guys involved, that I wanted to write and share this wonderful project. Shortly after, I was invited to join them and it’s been an invitation … [Read more...]
The TA Project ~ Helping the Children of Fukushima Play Their Way to a Brighter Future
Guest contributor, Sara Ai Coe, writes, These days having a lot of things on my hands, visual reminders have been a life saver (thank you daily organizer iphone apps). I think even with the best intentions, it’s easy to forget about things when there’s no constant reminder integrated into our daily lives. When the earthquake shook Tohoku, watching the news stories everyday, … [Read more...]
IDRO JAPAN SALE – FINAL REPORT & THANKS!
Though we didn't quite get the crowds we had hoped for last weekend, we still managed to make a fair bit of money to help IDRO Japan continue its good work in northern Japan. Our combined takings for two days was 156,561 yen but we had a lot of stuff left over, some of which we took to a used clothing store and some to Bookoff. After Bookoff's contribution our current total … [Read more...]
TODAY’S SALE FOR IDRO JAPAN – FINAL FINAL UPDATE!
Important news: WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY MORE DONATED GOODS We received a lot of goods yesterday and it has become obvious we are not going to be able to sell it all by the end of today. This is our final sale, so unfortunately any goods brought to us today will be respectfully (and apologetically) declined. Today we are open from 10 ~ 3. Today all clothes, shoes, … [Read more...]
IDRO JAPAN GOLDEN WEEK CHARITY SALE – FINAL UPDATE!
Some people are still under the impression that our sale this weekend is in the same location as last year. Let me make this clear... IT'S NOT THE SAME PLACE!! Here again are the directions in case you didn't catch them in earlier postings: … [Read more...]
Thank you to all the good Kyoto people who have helped us promote our charity sale for Tohoku! Hover your cursor over each picture to see who they are... IDRO Japan's Golden Week Charity Sale for Tohoku will be held on the 5th & 6th of May near Demachiyanagi Station - check the links below for more information: Facebook event page: … [Read more...]
IDRO JAPAN GOLDEN WEEK CHARITY SALE – UPDATE!
So, we have a flyer! Isn't it gorgeous? Just click on it for a better view. Many thanks to Yutaka for designing this. If anyone should like to help distribute it :), in either colour or black & white just send me your email address and I can send you the pdfs. There's just over a week to go now of course so we need to get the word out quick! I can also confirm the … [Read more...]
Click here for the English. シーラ・キャンベルとキャロライン・ライトとマイケルが今年も！ ゴールデンウィークにIDROJapanのチャリティーセールを開催いたします。 日時 5月5日（土）– 11:00 – 21:00 日時 5月6日（日）– 10:00 – 15:00 場所: 出町柳駅から歩いて５分の、 左京西部いきいき市民活動センター の会議室３。出町柳駅５番出口からの行き方地図はここ map をクリックしてください。 去年は、皆さんのおかげで、東日本震災支援のために、総額237.630円の基金を募ることができました。 今年もよろしくお願いします！ 売っているのは – 中古の… … [Read more...]
IDRO JAPAN GOLDEN WEEK CHARITY SALE!
日本語はこちら。 Put this one into your diaries, folks! Together with the lovely ladies, Sheila Campbell & Carolyn Wright, I will be hosting another charity sale for IDRO JAPAN* during the Golden Week weekend! Saturday May 5th - 11:00 - 21:00 Sunday May 6th - 10:00 - 15:00 Location: Five minutes from Demachiyanagi Station in Room 3 of the 左京西部いきいき市民活動センター (Sakyou Nishibu … [Read more...]
After School Lessons For Tohoku Children on Skype
A message from Jason Bartashius.... Volunteers Needed! Starting this spring we will be matching volunteer English instructors with junior high and high school students from the Tohoku region. The lessons will be done online using Skype and will be free of charge. We wish to have volunteers with the following experience and credentials: A four -year university … [Read more...]
After School Lessons for Tohoku Children
Jason Bartashius says, The triple disaster of March 11th, the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, 10-meter tsunami and the continuing Fukushima nuclear crisis has undoubtedly left a permanent mark on the Japanese memory and impacted the global community. Thousands have died and many survivors have been forced to relocate. Others are participating in home stays inside and outside of … [Read more...]
An Interview with Rob Mangold, the Founder of IDRO JAPAN
I arrived in Ishinomaki about 1pm yesterday. A lot has changed in the last two months. The city seems to be very busy, the area around the train station still has a lot of shuttered shops, but energy is high. Only a couple of quick stops before heading out to the peninsula. On the 21st of this month a temporary store opened on the Ogatsu peninsula. The first time people have … [Read more...]