On 11th March, Aid For Japan will be hosting a Japanese online cultural fair to mark the ten year anniversary of the charity. We also wish to commemorate ten years passing since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

The Aid For Japan online cultural fair is free and will be happening throughout the day on Thursday 11th March 2021 (GMT 09:00-21:00) through Aid For Japan’s website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

With many of us having to stay indoors, we wanted to use this opportunity to showcase aspects of Japanese culture, tradition and history with the aim of bringing people together in a free and friendly online environment.

At the same time we are running a one thousand cranes project – in Japan one thousand cranes symbolise hope and healing – where we’re asking people to fold an origami crane and post a photo of it online using the hashtag #1000Cranes. We wish to gather one thousand photos of paper cranes and to unveil a collage artwork at the festival.

The online cultural fair will feature:

  • Origami crane making workshop
  • Japanese themed cooking tutorial
  • Introduction to Hina dolls of Japanese Girls’ Day
  • Commemorative videos of the disaster
  • Highlights from the book Power of Chowa: Finding Your Balance Using the Japanese Wisdom of Chowa
  • Q&A with founder of the charity Akemi Tanaka
  • Photos, videos and memories from ten years of the charity
  • … and more!

On the 11th March 2011, the east coast of Japan was struck by an undersea earthquake and subsequent tsunami. As well as the loss of life, hundreds of children also lost their parents and families. The charity Aid For Japan was founded by Akemi Tanaka to support the orphans of this event.

To coincide with the ninth anniversary of the tragedy, Aid For Japan is staging a commemorative event. This will be a celebration of Japanese culture which will include History of the Kimono talk, Fudokan Battodo martial arts display and cosplay activities.

The original Japanese Art Festival was an annual event organised by Akemi Tanaka that took place regularly in London during the 2000s. Billed as a celebration of Japanese culture, the event drew in crowds keen to experience both classic and contemporary aspects of Japan.

14th March 2020
18:00 – 20:00pm

Swiss Church In London
79 Endell Street
London WC2H 9DY

From £7.06 (advance) £10 (door)
Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aid-for-japan-anniversary-event-tickets-91619675917

Further Details:

Akemi will be talking about Japanese culture and her book The Power Of Chowa at this anime convention.

Akemi will be talking about Japanese culture and her book The Power Of Chowa at this anime convention.

Guest speaker at the Sunnycon anime convention in Liverpool.

Akemi will be talking about Japanese culture and her book The Power Of Chowa.

Zero waste project – lecture of Kimono in St Martin’s art college.

Stratford Upon Avon Ladies Circle – Kimono and Japanese culture.

8th September (Saturday) Will Adams Festival – tea ceremony demonstration.

Doki Doki Anime convention in Manchester

Japanese cultural talk in Stratford-upon-Avon Ladies Luncheon Club