Japanese Evening in Aid of Tsunami Children

Our Japanese Evening held in Chichester on March 10th raised just over £1500. An amazing achievement. Arigato from Richard and I to everyone – especially Jo, Allyson and Stacey (pictured below).

We have now reached our initial target of £3000. So we are hoping to raise even more money to extend our work with the COCORO charity in bringing positive touch to the children affected by last year’s devastating tsunami in Japan.

Highlights of our Japanese Evening

It’s always hard to know where to begin, so here are the top ten highlights of our Japanese fund-raising evening illustrated with some of the photographs taken by talented freelance photographer James Saunders of JWS Photography.

  • The Delicious Sushi. Provided by NotSo Sushi of Chichester and served by Japanese students from Chichester College.

  • Our Japanese Helpers.  Your gentle presence and gratitude touched us all and reminded us why we were raising money.

  • Origami Making.  With our friend and student Sakae Fujiwara who also organised many of the Japanese accessories for the evening.

  • Calligraphy.  Both adults and children were delighted to have their names written in beautiful Japanese calligraphy.

  • The Wasabi Game. How many peas can you pick up with chopsticks in 30 seconds? The winning total was 39!
  • Guess the Name of the Teddy Bear.  He was called Ryoma, a name chosen by Takiko Ando, founder of Cocoro charity. Pictured here with Sinan, our super-efficient Turkish barman.
  • The Auction. With Rick Hales leading the show, the bidding was not only great fun but helped boost our total for the evening.

  • Our Supporters.  We continue to be overwhelmed by the positive feedback and generosity of so many people for our project. Arigato for all our amazing supporters, many of whom are not listed here but you know who you are!

  • Our Friends in Japan.  You continue to give us energy and purpose for our project and you were with us in spirit on the evening. We were thinking of you on March 11th, a year on from the Tsunami.


Do please contact me (Mary Atkinson) if you’d like to know more about our Healing Touch for Tsunami Children project. We’ll be leaving on April 19th and look forward to sharing our work with you.

And you can read more about the evening in an article in the Chichester Observer.





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