Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami
In Japanese, kizuna means strong emotional bonds.
This series shares stories about Nikkei individual and/or community reaction and perspectives on the Great Tohoku Kanto earthquake on March 11, 2011 and the resulting tsunami and other impacts—either about supporting relief efforts or how what has happened has affected them and their feeling of connection to Japan.
If you would like to share your reactions, please see the "Submit an Article " page for general submission guidelines. We welcome submissions in English, Japanese, Spanish, and/or Portuguese, and are seeking diverse stories from around the world.
We hope that these stories bring some comfort to those affected in Japan and around the world, and that this will become like a time capsule of responses and perspectives from our global Nima-kai community for the future.
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There are many organizations and relief funds established around the world providing support for Japan. Follow us on Twitter @discovernikkei for info on Nikkei relief efforts, or check the Events section . If you’re posting a Japan relief fundraising event, please add the tag “JPquake2011 ” to make it appear on the list of earthquake relief events.
Articles in this series
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GRANDDAUGHTER INSPIRED PROJECT
Q: Why do you want to bring the letters back to Canada now?
The first cloth letter was made on March 12, 2011 by my granddaughter in Vancouver. From there, it spread across Canada to Halifax, Toronto, Mississauga, Montreal, Winnipeg, Whitehorse, Peace River, Nanaimo ...
After touring around Japan for almost two years in support of the victims of the 3/11 tsunami in Tohoku, showing in 55 locations, Linda Ohama’s Cloth Letter exhibition is coming back to Canada where it began.
I received a phone message from my Nisei Aunt Lorna in Barrie, ON:
“Norman, I just saw a news report on CTV news about a group of students from Malvern Collegiate in Toronto who are going to Japan to see the 3/11 disaster zone. The Japanese Consul-General, Eiji Yamamoto ...
“I was scared of old, distant memories
Now I’ve become strong and tall
If the night will
even if there is nothing left in the world,
the light will come
When will it come again?”
—from “Headlight” (2012), Monkey Majik
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THE NUMBER OF CLOTH LETTERS KEEP GROWING...
In June 2011 Canadian Cloth Letters there were two large cloth letters (which were later divided into 3 cloth letters). By October 2011 at the Tokyo exhibition of Canada and Tohoku cloth letters there were 11.
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Can you briefly describe the work you did to link the Alaskan fishermen with those in Tohoku?
In 2011, I helped the BC fishing industry identify two fishing communities to support with their direct donations. After seeing how slow donation money can flow, and hearing so many ...
It is important for the world to know that the recovery effort for the people of Tohoku is still an ongoing, painful process that is still years away from ever returning to “normal”.
Sadly, in a world where there are so many disasters competing for media attention, the survivors of ...
Brother International Corporation’s Dream 1000 Project Produces School Bags for Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Victims
When a Japanese product planner working for Brother Industries Ltd (BIL)., the parent company of Brother International Corporation in Bridgewater, New Jersey, “dreamed” big, he could not have imagined the outpouring of international support he would receive. Last March, after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Shigeyuki (Joe) Abe ...
“Human Ties” is a Sendai-based organization originally established as an NPO in the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Pacific coastal region of Tohoku. It is now a registered charitable foundation.