2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami


April 21, 2016

Event Recap: Tohoku Springs Back!

by Kayoko Akabori

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I’m happy to report that we had a successful fundraising event for Tohoku last month. This was our first collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies, and we’d all agree that it was awesome.

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February 9, 2016

Upcoming Event: Tohoku Springs Back – Commemorating 5 Years of Positive Change in Tohoku, Japan

by Kayoko Akabori


It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly five years since the devastating tsunami disaster in Tohoku.

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March 9, 2015

Tsuchi-yu Onsen Town in Fukushima

by Kayoko Akabori

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Japan is a country full of people who work hard and play hard. Many put in 60+ hours into the work week, not including the after hours drinking they are forced to join with their colleagues. 

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March 2, 2015

An Afternoon in Fukushima City

by Kayoko Akabori

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If you try Googling “Fukushima” you’ll get pages and pages of links with words like, “tragedy” “disaster” and “fear” in the title.

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March 21, 2013

Upcoming Event: Fukushima Now: Relief Effort to Support Children in Fukushima

by Yoko Kumano

Two years after the Tohoku disaster in 2011, memories have faded and conversations about the incident, and what we can learn from it, are rapidly disappearing from the media.

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June 12, 2012

Kinpou Sake from Fukushima

by UM Guest

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By Shizuka Wakashita

One day I had to run errands near a local wine shop and it suddenly occurred to me that maybe this shop has some jizake (sake produced by smaller breweries, or as with beer, “micro breweries”).

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March 9, 2012

Remembrance

by Kayoko Akabori

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Spring is just around the corner, and plum blossoms are bursting all over Japan, California, and beyond.

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January 17, 2012

Umamimart @ Pecha Kucha 1/24 (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

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Yoko and I have been invited to give a presentation at the world-renowned Pecha Kucha forum next Tuesday 1/24 in San Francisco.

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December 16, 2011

Radiation + Japan: Drinking Water

by Kayoko Akabori

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After spending three weeks in Japan, the subject of radiation in the water remains a mystery to me.

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November 22, 2011

Tokyo JUNKtion: Cateriam Cat Cafe

by Yoko Kumano

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A cat cafe is not a place that serves cat sandwiches. It is a cafe… with cats.

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