Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Sister City ties and calls for relief

CUPERTINO, Calif. — The 28th annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival honoring the Sister City relationship with Toyokawa, Japan will be held Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Park on Stevens Creek Boulevard across from De Anza College. In 1983, a delegation from Toyokawa, Japan visited […]

How to help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

Oakland, Calif. We Are One Island: Japan Relief Concert and Auction Saturday, April 23 The One Island Productions and Oakland Asian Cultural Center present “WE ARE ONE ISLAND” at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), 388 9th St., Suite 290 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the silent auction. Price of admission […]

Ways you can help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

  International Hope Letters is an initiative to collect online letters directed toward communities that have been affected by the devastation in Northeastern Japan. As of April 11, 1,000 letters in both English and Japanese have been published online through this effort to convey hope and support to those in Japan. According to the Website, […]

Jeddie Kawahatsu crowned 2011 Northern CA Cherry Blossom Festival queen

After an evening of speeches, dancing and music — striking a balance between joyous celebration and somber reflection on the devastation in Northeastern Japan — San Francisco native Jeddie Narumi Kawahatsu, 21, was crowned 2011 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival queen. At Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown on April 9, candidates Kaori Saito, […]

Koreans overcome ethnic divide to aid quake-hit Japanese

KYOTO (Kyodo) — Pro-Pyongyang Korean residents of Japan, a target of ethnic and political prejudice in society, have been offering help to distraught Japanese victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Leading members of the minority group say they are bound by a common sense of mission to save people’s lives regardless of ethnic […]

Citizens of Iwaki City, Fukushima must be heard

To my San Francisco Bay Area Family and Friends: Words alone cannot express how much your e-mails and good thoughts have meant to me. I received messages from all of you throughout the entire day and night when the quake hit, and I think that kept me going in mind and spirit, and helped to […]

Parts of Sendai destroyed, but not its humanity

March 11, 2011, 2:47 p.m., a date and time no one in Miyagi Prefecture and the Tohoku Region will ever forget. I had just returned to the Miyagi prefectural government office after visiting one of our local miso companies. I was sitting at my desk, getting ready for a meeting with my boss, when the […]

Ways to help the survivors (a partial list)

  San Francisco   Rainbow World Fund Saturday, April 9 to Thursday, April 14 The Rainbow World Fund (RWF) established the LGBT Japan Earthquake Fund and is launching a series of events to support relief efforts for the survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The RWF has designated April 9-14 as […]

Weeping for Baachan

My mom’s been gone nearly two years now but over the past two weeks, I’ve been grateful that she wasn’t alive to have her heart broken every day. To see the devastation and suffering in the Japanese country of her birth would have slowly killed her. Although I sense her presence daily, it has been […]

Ways you can help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

United States Bakesale for Japan Saturday, April 2 A number of professional and amateur bakers, cooks, artists, artisans, and musicians from around the nation, and in Toronto, will offer their Bakesale for Japan event, featuring baked goods by professional and amateur bakers alike. The bake sale, which takes place Saturday, April 2, aims to raise […]

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