I have planed to post this one for so long but have not got around to do so and I feel really bad about it. It has been over two months since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. Since then we, who live in Japan, have received a huge support from all over the world and I would like to thank you all for your effort to help us. We cannot thank you enough but I would like for you to know we in Japan all appreciate all the efforts and all the prayers you made for us.
Perhaps some of you are wondering what happened the "sending tote bags for school children in the affected area" programme. It went very good indeed. They wanted 1000 bags as a first batch to send to the affected area by 15th April but in the end they could manage to receive 59,000 bags! The first batch of 1000 bags went north from Tokyo on UNICEF's truck on 7th April, and thousands of bags traveled northward to the children in the affected area everyday afterward. You can read the report here, although it's all in Japanese. Thank you letters are also posted as well as the list of the name of the participants of the programme.
I read about a lot of craft people sent their work to Japan for morale support, like comfort quilts and temari. Big thank you to you.