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For Japan, With Love

March 17, 2011

My uncle George lived in Japan for 8 years when I was a little girl.  Once or twice a year he would come home to visit, introduce us to Japanese exchange students living in our area, and tell us stories about the wonderful country that we was living in.  I pretty much thought Japan was the coolest place in the entire world.

Later, when I was in middle school, we hosted our own summer exchange students from Japan, and my best friend Ruth and I became completely obsessed with anime (Sailor Moon, anyone?) and Japanese comic books . My mom worked in a Japanese restaurant throughout college, and started teaching me how to make some of the sumptuous dishes she had learned to make.

Still later,  I considered becoming a Japanese Lit major after falling in love with The Tale of Genji.

Seeing what is happening now in this beautiful country absolutely breaks my heart.  Living in the US, it is hard to know what to do to help.

In this spirit, the fantastic bloggers at Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours are organizing a bloggers day of silence for tomorrow.  No posts at all, to raise awareness for what is happening abroad. They have also linked up with Shelter Box USA to collect donations for emergency supplies. Here’s the deal:

ShelterBox provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. A whole box costs $1,000 (US), so we’re hoping to raise enough to send 5 boxes.

I know money is tight for most of us these days, but if you are able, please consider making a donation to this organization. Either way, send your positive thoughts and energy.

But for the grace of god, it would be us.

XOXO,

Stephanie

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