Friday 22 April 2011


At 2.46 every Friday, for a long as it is needed, I will post a round up of articles and links related to the quake/tsunami. It may no longer be front page news but there is still so much to do and so many that need help.

A few quake related posts for you, now the initial rush of fund raising has subsided it is time to get involved with long term help, if you are looking for something then here is a great list of volunteer organisations. On that note, I am working on a project to make bags for children at the orphanages in Tohoku, I am still working out the details and need the go-ahead from the organisation but that is where I am at right now. I will keep you posted.

If you are a quilter then you can donate quilts here.

Matsushima relief fund this link will take you to a long beautifully written post detailing the survival story of an American family who were in Matsushima when the quake/tsunami hit. Matsushima is (was?) a beautiful city and I have fond memories of visiting on several occasions, the people were so friendly is really is a lovely place, seeing the places that I have visited in the past now in ruins breaks my heart every time.

Finally, for the artists among you, POSTCARDS TO JAPAN are looking for original pieces of work....

Express your support to the people of north east Japan by sending original A5
art work postcards.

After the major earthquake and tsunami in north east Japan on 11th March 2011
power supplies, land lines, mobile phone networks and internet access went down,
making it extremely hard to contact family and friends to find out if they were
The post office were quickly up and running again and in many cases the first
news that loved ones were safe was by postcard.
Inspired by the wonderful impact postcards can have, we would like to invite
artists and poets to send tangible messages of support to communities affected
by the devastation by making A5 size original artwork or poetry postcards and
posting them to:

Ukishima Net,
Iwate, Iwate, Iwate,

We will collate all the postcards received into an exhibition to tour venues in
north east Japan.
There is no deadline, but if we have as many cards as possible by the end of May
we can start putting on exhibitions.
We also hope to publish a catalogue of the postcards received.
Any profit made from the sale of catalogues would be donated to recovery
projects in north east Japan.

Please look out for updates on If you have any

With all very best wishes,
Kate Thomson & Hironori Katagiri


  1. I have New With Tags summer children's clothes to get rid of, and I have no idea who to give them to. And I am in the heart of affected region! Anyway, there unfortunately doesn't seem to be a Japanese version of Goodwill. Any thoughts?

  2. have you tried second harvest? I'm sure one of the grassroots organisations in the list looking for volunteers would take them.

  3. I think on Monday I will ask at our City Hall. If they can't take them, then nobody can. Our city is host to refugees who have lost their homes. (I heard where they are taking shelter, but I don't have a car and can't get there.)

    Thank you!

  4. I hope you manage to find somewhere!


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