Fukushima: Human Impacts
As the second year anniversary of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami draws near, many in Japan will be examining how things are developing for the over 300,000 homeless victims.
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For those who missed our last posting, we made our first donation to Kita Yamada Elementary school in August. They were very grateful and we will soon be reporting about how they used the funds, you all so generously donated.
We hope to make another donation, this time to Funakoshi Elementary school. This school was . . . → Read More: On-going Support for Yamada’s School Children
Seawall- 8 Meters
It is quickly approaching the one year mark of Japan’s Great East Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11th. According to my nifty iPhone earthquake “app”, there have been over 1800 aftershocks since that day, with over 600 of them being a magnitude of 5 or above. There is talk of the . . . → Read More: Yamada Re-Visited
My daughters intuitively came up with “Discovering Compassion” as a slogan for Renew Yamada. After observing a variety of acts of kindness, caring and assistance from people both in Japan and abroad, this seemed to appropriately sum up the transformation that has taken place in the hearts of many.
For our Las Vegas readers, . . . → Read More: “Discovering Compassion”
TODAY IS THE GREATEST DAY
My friend, Lea created this beautiful video from her visits to the evacuee centers, where she brought smiles to many children through crafts and fun with english.
Children from one of the evacuee centers
I realize this website has exposed some un-imaginable sights and heart-breaking stories. I’d like . . . → Read More: Re-birth
What a privilege it has been to walk through this Obon holiday with Toshiaki’s family. Although I had experienced a part of it once, I must have been pre-occupied with the kids and not aware of all the preparation, purpose and meaning of this celebration. Especially this year with so many people suddenly taken . . . → Read More: Obon お盆
This weekend is “Obon” in Japan. Similar to “All Souls Day” in other places. Families return to their hometowns to “ohaka mairi” visit the graves together. They typically bring water to clean the grave sites, fresh flowers, tea and snacks to leave on the site. Their is usually a mass exodus from major cities like . . . → Read More: Horiai-update
Emi and I started Renew Yamada so that we could provide an avenue to contribute directly to the people of Toshiaki’s town, as well as to bring a closer view of what is happening with Japan’s relief efforts. So many family members and friends were concerned and wanted to help out. To date we have . . . → Read More: Direction for Renew Yamada