Today marks one year after last year’s disaster in Japan. At that time, I was living in Saitama prefecture, just north of Tōkyō. Although the earthquake was powerful there as well, some 230 miles from the epicenter, our lives were in no way immediately endangered by the resulting tsunami and nuclear crisis. The memories of that day are still vivid and painful, and writing about them has been difficult. In retrospect, however, my experience seems trivial in comparison to that of the thousands who lost their families, homes, and livelihoods.
Today, please take a moment to think of the people of Tōhoku and consider supporting one of the following relief efforts:
- Peko Peko – A collaborative cookbook with Japanese and Japanese-inspired recipes contributed by over fifty food bloggers. All proceeds from this project will be directed to Global Giving’s Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Relief Fund.
- Kibō – A cookbook to support the relief efforts in Tōhoku from food writer Elizabeth Andoh. For more information, please go to: http://www.globalgiving.org/kibo
- Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund – To date, The Japan Society has raised over $12 million for earthquake relief efforts. These funds will be directed to 19 Japanese nonprofit organizations. This flexible approach will allow relief to be directed to the communities that need it most.
Thank you all for your support. It means the world to me and my friends in Japan.