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Supporting orphans of the 2011 Japan Earthquake/Tsunami
Supporting orphans of the 2011 Japan Earthquake/Tsunami

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Aid For Japan at MCM Comic Con.
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2016-06-06
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At the beginning of April, Akemi and some Aid For Japan volunteers travelled to Japan to visit some of the tsunami orphans. Here's her report...

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Reporting on our recent 5th Anniversary Event in London...

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"Akemi Solloway, founder of the UK-based charity Aid for Japan, which offers emotional, educational and financial support to orphans of the tsunami, described Rikuzentakata as a 'great example of a community doing all it can to rebuild quickly and efficiently'." Aid For Japan in The Guardian newspaper today.

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Documenting Tohoku's long road to recovery... http://features.japantimes.co.jp/march-11-photography/
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Storybook recounts post-tsunami bond between high school students in Iwate, California...

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Earthquake Orphans’ Hard Road to Emotional Healing...

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One of the treats we have scheduled for the 5th Anniversary event is a Battodo display by the Fudokan Dojo.

‘Batto’ means to draw and strike with the sword. ‘Do’ refers to a path of training aimed at the complete development of the practitioner. The closer to the reality of combat one can get the more this training has to offer.

Fudokan students train in Nakamura Ryu Battodo and Kurikara Ryu Hei Ho. Nakamura Ryu Battodo is a distillation of traditional Japanese swordsmanship developed by one of the most respected swordsmen of the 20th century. Kurikara Ryu Heiho is a comprehensive system of external and internal training that breaks down the obstacles in mind and body that inhibit natural and spontaneous wielding of the sword.

Fudokan Dojo founder John Evans began practising yoga and tai chi in his teens. At Oxford University he trained in Shotokan karate. In 1981 he went to Japan and began studies in Mikkyo (esoteric Buddhism) and Kurikara Ryu Heiho.

After 3 years of intensive practice he was introduced to two of the most senior teachers of sword schools in Japan, Nakamura Taizaburo and Danzaki Tomoaki, head of the Kenshukan Dojo where he studied Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo. He also trained at the Kashima Shinto Ryu school under Yoshikawa Koichiro.

Following his return to England in 1993 he founded the Fudokan Dojo in London. He teaches Nakamura Ryu Battodo and Kurikara Ryu Heiho and received his 7th Dan in 2008 from the International Battodo Federation.

https://www.facebook.com/Fudokan.Battodo/
http://www.battodo-fudokan.co.uk
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One of our guests at the forthcoming 5th Anniversary Aid For Japan event will be Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi, who has published a book celebrating the life of Edo period monk Enkū. 

Enkū (1632–1695) was a Japanese Buddhist monk, poet and sculptor. He was born in Mino Province (Gifu Prefecture) and is famous for carving some 120,000 wooden statues of the Buddha and other Buddhist icons, many of which were given in payment for lodging on his pilgrimages to temples throughout Japan.

His family was poor, under the tightly controlled regime of the Tokugawa shoguns. Tradition recounts that his mother was washed away and drowned in a river flood when he was seven years old. Soon after this, Enkū left home and became a Buddhist monk.

In March 2015 Daizan Rōshi, together with co-translator Sumiko Hayashi, published the book "In Heaven's River: Poems and Carvings of Mountain-Monk Enku", a tribute to the life and art of Enkū. For Aid For Japan's event, Daizan Rōshi will be talking about his book and about Enkū's life. 

http://www.aidforjapan.co.uk/bri/event/aid-for-japan-5th-anniversary-event/
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Fukushima clean-up could take 40 years...
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