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Tokyo is back!  (Kyoto never left)
Jun11

Tokyo is back! (Kyoto never left)

Steve here: Two months ago, the US Government announced that there are no significant risks to US citizens outside of the nuclear power plant area. Yet foreign tourism has Japan dropped by 90% and continues to be low, reflecting fears that the nation is significantly destroyed and covered in radiation. While tragic indeed, the facts are that Japan is larger than Great Britain and the largely rural tsunami area is far from where most...

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And now….Toynami!! (A Wave of Toys)
Mar22

And now….Toynami!! (A Wave of Toys)

We are calling our project to send toys to displaced children in northern Japan, Toynami, meaning a wave of toys. Esprit Travel is taking on the project of collecting SMALL toys and sending them to Morioka for direct distribution to the children.   We encourage you to involve your children or grandchildren in the project, when applicable. Guidelines for Sending Packages We ask that your gifts fit into one of the following categories:...

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A Simple Way to Assist

Toys for Displaced Children We have found an opportunity to assist with the recovery efforts, and especially for displaced children, in a personal and culturally appropriate way by sending small toys to one adopted town. As you may know, the coastal towns of Iwate Prefecture, in northern Honshu island in Japan, were very badly hit by the tsunami.  Evacuation relocation facilities are now being established in the inland city of...

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Japan, March 2011: A Moment of Reflection

Yasu Susuka, professor of photography at Kyoto University of Art and Design,  offers the following photo video as an offering of peace to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan.  Susuka shot the hands of 150 Buddhist priests in prayer for this...

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News from the Streets in Japan

The following came from Daily Good, News that Inspires Personal accounts by number of people, on-the-street: Someone overseas called me on my cell. She said she wanted to connect to anyone who is in Japan, and so she called the country code and their own mobile number, which happened to be the same as mine. I didn’t fully understand everything she said, because it was English, but I knew enough to know that she really wanted to...

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Insider Perspective on Japan's Current Emergency

Steve here: In response to many e-mails from our blog readers around the world, I have invited Patrick McKenzie, a fellow American also living and working in Japan, to post a perspective that many of us ex-pats share.   (Note:  Please continue to check multiple reliable sources for technical information.) Patrick here: I run a small software business in central Japan.  Over the years, I’ve worked both in the local Japanese government...

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