Supporting Japan One Year On: Community Events

Japan Aid: Cook for Japan!
On 11th March 2012 it will be exactly one year since the devastating earthquake and tsunami destroyed part of  Tohoku, north-east Japan. This event changed people’s lives in just one moment and resulted in large scale loss of lives, with many others displaced and made homeless. Last year Japan Centre and our generous customers donated over £26,000 to the relief effort helping those effected get back on their feet.

Showing our support

To mark the 1st Anniversary of this tragic event, over 2 weeks from March 5th – 18th Japan Centre in conjunction with JFC (UK) Ltd will be holding an online fundraising food event called Japan Aid: Cook for Japan!

During this event you can support Japan through your love of cooking buy purchasing items bearing the Japan Aid logo. Proceeds from this will be donated to the Hatachi Fund, a charity which supports surviving children of the earthquake and tsunami by offering financial, educational and emotional support until the age of 20 (in Japan 20 ‘hatachi‘ is the age where people reach maturity).

Japan Aid: Cook for Japan! is a great opportunity for you to support Japan through your love of Japanese food. During Japan Aid we will be offering:

  • Everyday Japanese cooking staples at money-saving prices, with each item contributing to fundraising donations (with kind support from JFC (UK) Ltd).
  • You guys can try your hand at some great Japanese recipes, a contribution from the ingredients will go straight to charity too.
  • The opportunity to donate with a Japan Aid Donation Coupon directly to the fundraising total.

A fantastic way to positively support the relief effort and Japanese economy, in addition to our own Japan Aid: Cook for Japan! event we’ll be posting information about community events held by you here on the blog too, to help your event be as successful as it deserves.

If you have a Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami remembrance, money raising scheme or event you’d like us to mention, please email, subject: Tohoku Event including a short description and image.

Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami UK Events

Remember Fukushima

Mitsuko Delivers_Third Window Films

Third Window Films are screening the film Mitsuko Delivers (Hara Ga Kore Nande), directed by Yuya Ishii at the ICA on Sunday March 11th from 7pm. Tickets are £10 and 100% of Third Window Films’ profits from the screening will go to a Fukushima-based charity. Third Window Films will be selling DVDs at the event, with 100% of their sales also going to charity.

Alongside the Fukushima charity, they’re also giving away 100% of ticket sales of all Japanese films playing in their East Winds Film Festival  to the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund. This is a great opportunity to see some fantastic cinema coming out of Japan, whilst supporting the continuing relief efforts.

Called Remember Fukushima, for more information about the event and to buy tickets please visit the ICA website.

Watch the Mitsuko Delivers trailer.

You Are Not Forgotten

You Are Not Forgotten

Seven Beach Aid would like to invite everyone to send an important message to Japan: You Are Not Forgotten. In this special event on Sunday 11th March 2012, there will be an opportunity to hear about the progress that has been made in Tohoku during the last year, and to light a candle for those who were affected.

Sunday March 11th 14:00-16:30 (doors open 13:30), St. Golders Green Parish Church, NW11 7Q.

Event highlights:

  • Listen to the experiences of people in Japan, and those who have helped.
  • Live music from guitarist and singer Saara Takase, pianist Motoki Hirai and more…
  • Craft activities for children.
  • Photo exhibition.
  • Upload a message to Japan!
  • Light a candle for Japan.
  • Special message and prayer for people suffering in Japan by Rev’d Rex Morton.
  • Light refreshments will be provided.
  • The event will also be broadcast live over the Internet via Ustream. Check You Are Not Forgotten for details.

Seven Beach Aid is a charity supporting the people of Shichigahama, a town in Miyagi prefecture which was badly affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Our aim is to show support to Seven Beach (Shichigahama Town) and surrounding affected areas through an online community, financial giving and showing compassion & concern.

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ANA | Is Japan Cool? WIN tickets to Japan!


All Nippon Airways are running a competition where you can win flight tickets to Japan by nominating your ‘cool’ Japan. Highlighting the many amazing aspects of Japanese culture, nature and cuisine Is Japan Cool? is a great way for people to support Japan through tourism. Visit the ANA website to nominate and vote and maybe you’ll be the lucky winner!

Help Japan

Remember, if you’d like Japan Centre to mention your event, then get in touch using the contact details above.

** Update **

Thanks to everyone’s efforts we raised almost £500 which has been sent to the Hatachi Fund to help provide ongoing support to children effected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Many thanks to everyone who purchased Japan Aid items or made a donation to the cause. Team