Happy New Year's +Tom Anderson
=) Thank you for thinking about Japan alongside with your New Year's resolution... it's sad to feel that the pain & memories of the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami are fading from people's minds... The tsunami destroyed over 60,000 acres of land, swallowing and destroying schools, hospitals, farmland, towns, dams, and nuclear power plants... Over 15,000 lives were lost (3500+ lives are still missing), and nearly half a million people were left homeless, jobless, and are living in shelters. Winter is long and harsh in the Tohoku region, and people are striving to survive within the thin walls of the tiny temporary shelters while praying for a fast recovery...
Here in San Diego, we've organised the San Diego Japanese Emergency Network, and been hosting charity concerts and fundraising events to support recovery efforts in the Tohoku region. Musicians, artists, dancers, chefs, moms and dads... It's amazing how much the tsunami has brought the Japanese community together here in San Diego.
Our next project is "Remembering 3.11 Japan Charity Concert" which will be held on February 4, 2012 (3~7pm) at the Escondido Charter High School (Escondido, CA)* There will be traditional Yosakoi dancing, Taiko performance, Japanese chorus, and demonstrations of Ikebana and shuji painting* (admission is $10 and everyone is invited!!)
Sometimes I feel there's so little we could do in the face of this devastating event and it's catastrophic after effects... but together we can truly make a difference* Thank you again Tom for this thoughtful post & letting me share my long comment =) Wishing you and the world an year of peace and happiness***