It has been 9 months since the earthquake and as the cold weather sets in, it makes me wonder how many people are going to be suffering the winter in temporary shelters up in the north of Japan. I haven't done a round up for a while but we have had a couple of news this week...
Daddy-ebi called me the other day to ask if I had seen the new, he had been in Kasukabe for work and had seen lots of TV crews outside the Meiji factory, the reason was that they had found some of the baby formula/milk to be contaminated with cesium. More crappy news is that the Japanese government is using some of the money earmarked for the disaster to aid it's whaling fleet, read the story here.
On a brighter note, you can pop over to Tea Relief Caravan - you can leave a message at this site and they will translate it and write it up on a New Years Card which will be handed out on their road trip in early January. In Japan it is traditional to give out New Years Cards not Christmas cards.
Socks For Japan are again collecting socks as they move into phase two of their operation, please read their info page carefully so that they way you pack your socks helps their distribution process. Buying socks for the men in your life for Christmas, how about adding an extra pair or two to the basket?
Quilts for Japan are still taking donations of sewing supplies and pre-cut quilting and embroidery kits buy getting the communities involved in making their own quilts it gives them a sense of purpose and helped fill their days, as you can imagine depression is a big problem for many of the survivors.
And finally, a touching video of thanks, I still can't watch any footage of the quake and tsunami without filling up. If you know of any other organisations that I can help spread the work about then drop me a line.