Receiving Kokoro Cards and Tenugui from all over the world….
Thank you very much for your support?of I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Project. We sent a total 131 Kokoro cards and Tenugui to the survivors as of today.
Our first delivery was Kiri Kiri, Ootsui-cho, Iwate on June 12th. They had an event called “Fukkou Shokudo”, “Fukkou” means “Reconstruct”, and “Shokudo” means “Restaurant”. They are a supporting organization of Japan earthquake and Tsunami, visiting town to town, and serve warm foods and present performances to the survivors. On June 12th, they visited Ootsui-cho, and more than 300 visitors came to the event to enjoy foods and entertainment.
Niikawa-osho is a priest of the Ho-sho-ji temple, Akita and he attended as a volunteer staff to the Fukkou Shokudo, and?brought your Kokoro cards and Tenugui to the survivors. He told me that all kokoro cards and tenugui went to their hands?within ten minutes after setting them on the table. They enjoyed the touch of Tenugui, and also received your Kokoro then.
Amazing musicians Ria and Norishige came to Fukkou Shokudo that day. Norishige came from Kiri Kiri, and he lost his family members?during the?Tsunami. He found a guitar under the rubbled house, and made a song “Let’s walk” ….
Our second delivery was September 11th to Ishinomaki-city, Iwate. It was a memorable day in the U.S., and also Japan. They had a special memorial service called “Man-Dou-E”in Kyu-den-ji Soto-shu Buddhist Temple after six months of the disaster. “Man” means “ten thousands” and “Dou” means “Light”, and “E” means “service. Ten thousand lights were lighting up in the temple, Buddhist priests made prayers to the people that lost their life by the Tsunami.
Temple provided foot bath and massage service to the survivors after the memorial service, and also music and magic performances on the stage.
Niikawa-osho and Akita Soto-shu Buddhist temple Youth Association organized this event, and brought your Kokoro cards and tenugui to the survivors.
As each day past, we could see progress of reconstruction in the city, though people’s hearts will take a very long time to heal?from the?losses of family members and friends, losses of houses and the living they had before the earthquake… I hope our little support will bring them a piece of warmthand comfort, and sending messages to the survivors… We are with you always.
We continue our I HEART JAPAN Tenugui Projectas long as we can. We need your support, and let us help to send your care messages and Tenugui to the survivors.
My prayers are with you and the people who have a?very difficult time….
- to be continued…