A celebration of Japanese culture – and helping a worthy cause
On the 11th March 2011, the east coast of Japan was struck by an undersea earthquake and subsequent tsunami. As well as the loss of life, hundreds of children also lost their parents and families. The charity Aid For Japan was founded by Akemi Tanaka to support the orphans of this event.
To coincide with the ninth anniversary of the tragedy, Aid For Japan is staging a commemorative event. This special event will feature a History of the Kimono talk, Fudokan Battodo martial arts display, J-Fashion showcase and cosplay activities. All proceeds will go to the Aid For Japan charity.
The original Japanese Art Festival was an annual event organised by Akemi Tanaka that took place regularly in London during the 2000s. Billed as a celebration of Japanese culture, the event drew in crowds keen to experience both classic and contemporary aspects of Japan.
Aid For Japan would like to extend its warmest thanks to John Evans and the students of Fudokan Battodo, the team at Doki Doki, Emily Bastian and Philip Ybring for cosplay coordination, Bree van Zyl, Pat Lyttle for use of photos, the staff at Swiss Church in London and all those who have supported and donated to Aid For Japan.