More good work from Fukushima JETs

I’ve blogged a bit about Jason Ishida, who’s doing what he can here in Canada, but there are quite a few friends of mine in Fukushima-ken doing their part.  Here’s an example from Darren Gubbins @yankeereview who’s currently in Shirakawa, Fukushima and has been helping out at shelters throughout the ken.

G’day everyone,

This year marks the third and final instalment of what is now a Kennan institution – Darren’s Birthday Hanami!

However this year’s edition is very different. We have all been a part of an indescribable tragedy, and we are all looking for ways we can help. This time around I want to turn the focus away from my birthday and make this into an opportunity where we can support the people of Fukushima. So, this will be a combined hanami/bake sale – the first of it’s kind (maybe?)!

I’m gonna be baking some brownies, cookies, etc. wrapping them up nicely and selling them to the Japanese hanami party goers around the castle on the Sunday. Please, come along, have some drinks, enjoy the sun and the cherry blossoms and let’s get our bake on! Japanese people are constantly in awe of our mystical gaijin baking skills (you know it’s true), and now we can finally put them to good use.

If you would like to bake your own stuff and sell it on the day, of course that is great. I can’t do it all on my own! Please leave a comment with what you’re planning to make and how much.

All the proceeds will be going towards the people of Soma and Haragama Kindergarten. We are in the process of setting up a proper charity so you will know exactly where the money is going.

A final note – even if we don’t end up raising lots of money, it’s the thought that counts. I think it’s important for us to show Japanese communities that we are still here and willing to help them. Also it is a very real possibility that we will have way too many baked goods – that is why I’m also gonna be selling stuff to my staff and students at my schools over the next couple of weeks. You might like to do the same!

So, boys, don your aprons and girls, get your hands dirty! Yoroshiku ne and let’s make this the most delicious fundraising adventure ever!

With love and cookies,


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