Tsunami Survivor Fund to Save Miyagi
Heading Back to Japan!

I apologize for the long time with no update! 

I'm excited to say that I've finally got my plans hammered down a pinch in terms of my trip back to Japan. My travel dates are July 28th to September 4th. Togura Junior High School will at last be holding their Graduation ceremony, and I'll be attending! 3 other friends and I will be visiting Minamisanriku and Miyagi, as well as other friends around Japan, and volunteering with Peace Boat and Second Harvest. I'll be bringing my laptop with me, so I'll be able to share our trip with everyone. 

Most importantly, I'll have a chance to speak with officials in Minamisanriku and find a place for all the funds you have generously helped raise! I'm very excited to help out and see the progress they have made. (World Blog has their own look into the progress. Read it here!)

In the mean time, please check out my friend Wesley's blog The Adventures of an ALT. He and another friend just got back from their volunteer trip and shared some of their experiences. You might know Wesley if you watched the Discovery Channel's MegaQuake TV episode. 

Some interesting links: 
Check out my friend Emily's AWESOME Tees for Japan website! The design is beautiful and sophisticated, and of course, it all goes to a good cause. 

Minamisanriku is planning to have a fireworks celebration this August, just like they have done in the past. They've asked for donations and you can read more here (in Japanese) or here (in English). I'm not sure yet if I'll be able to attend, but I'll hopefully get some pics of the preparation!

16 students from Miyagi, Fukushima, and Iwate will head to America. Some of Taylor Anderson's and Monty Dickson's former students will be in that number. I'm very excited for the cultural exchange on both sides! 

And, on the lighter side of things... 
Baird, Ishii and Stone Brewing Co have teamed up to make a Green Tea IPA to support Japan! Watch the Video! 

SO! Next update will come with some more details about the trip and then we'll be diving right in. 

Thank you all again for your continued support! 


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