Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011): Food collected by Mark & Kunie Thornton on its way to Miyagi Prefecture!

Mark & Kunie/邦恵 Thornton!

Message from Mark and Kunie:

Dear All,

It was great to meet you all yesterday! In the end we had more than 40 people donate items, and filled 12 boxes. So we think it was a big success!

We took all the goods to Yaizu today, and went to see the ship that will take them. So looks like everything will get to the people that need it.

In spite of all the hardships there are thousands (and more) people deeply aware of what’s needed in times of crisis.
It is those “little gestures” that make this world a little easier to live in!

Mark, Kunie, gals and lads, a profound thanks to all and from all once again!

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Noh Mask Artist: Roger Voltz

Roger Voltz standing in front of his artworks at the recently exhibition in Shziuoka Bank Shizuogin Gallery Yonki.

“I would like to leave a legacy for the younger generation to continue.”

Roger Voltz (63, a French citizen born in St. Denis in the suburbs of Paris, came to Shizuoka City in 1973 to settle down after a long travel through the woorld.
A University language lecturer by trade he had always been attracted by the Japanese culture.

Apart of becoming in martial arts he has been carving Noh masks for the last 18 years.
Noh Theater is one of the oldest forms of theater in Japan (originating out of combination of Chinese performing arts, known as sarugaku, and traditional Japanese dance called dengaku、 during the Muromachi Era, 13th~16th Century) and has attained great fame in World Performing Arts for its intricate dances, music and acting.
The actors are exclusively male and usually only the main one wears a mask(s) on stage.

Akobujou/阿古父尉/Old Man

There are five Noh Theater “Schools” all possessing their own original masks.
But the same masks have to be duplicated according to rules and traditions as obviously these original masks are really worn, invaluable relics they are!

Hanjo/班女/Lady Han

So far Roger has carved and exhibited 20 masks under the guidance of his Master, Kishinosuke Atsumi.
5 of them were exhibited at The Exhibition held with three more artists at the Shizuoka Bank/Shizugin Gallery Yonki March 10th~16th.
He is far from being a new face in the art as he has already exhibited in the Shizuoka Prefecture Museum and in Mariko.

Kantan Otoko/邯鄲男/The Man form Kantan

Carving the masks in wood is a long and intricate process taking 8~10 months in Roger’s cas as he can create them only during his spare time.

Yamanba/山姥/the Old Mountain Crone

Each mask weighs 130g~150g for female characters and 150~180 g for male counterparts.

Hashihime/橋姫/Princess Hashi (the mask of jealousy!)

Each mask is carved out of a block of either hinoki/檜/Japanese cypress or kusunoki/楠/camphor tree, both valuable wood in this country.
The process was kindly demonstrated with maks carvedin different stages at the exhibition:

The “four main stages”

A rough picture is drawn on a block weighing around 1 kg.

A rough mask is carved with help of hard paper measures.

The face is gradually carved in more details with the help of hard paper model.

The finished product hollowed out to fit the face of the actor with holes for the eyes and mouth!
It will then be careful painted.

I’m planning to interview Roger in his atelier soon to show you a more detailed explanation!

If you want to contact Roger directly for more information, write to him at rvoltz@mta.biglobe.ne.jp !

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011): Mark & Kunie Thornton Collecting Food In Numazu City!

Mark & Kunie/邦恵 Thornton!

Baird Brewery Fishmarket Taproom

It all started with an earthquake happening before a wedding ceremony!
Mark (from York, England) and Kunie (from Shizuoka Prefecture) were supposed to celebrate their long due wedding ceremony on Sunday march 20th when all had to be postponed after the terrible earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the north east of Japan.

Numazu City Fishing Harbor

Mark’s family just couldn’t come, and he and his gentle wife were left with an empty date.
But it takes more to rock those two off their feet.
If they couldn’t celebrate their wedding yet, they could make this momentous day a very useful one.

Baird Beer!

There is a great place in Numazu City called the Fishmarket Taproom where Bryan Baird brews his beers (he even had one ready for Mark and Kunie’s wedding party!) under the vaunted name of Baird Beer, which has recently been rewarded with international rewards.

Baird Beer’s labels!

Now Kunie has relatives (a cousin among them) in Yaizu City.
Yaizu City (with Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City) is one of the main tuna fishing harbors in Japan, a calling port for all tuna fishing boats including those from Miyagi Prefecture, the most devastated area in the recent earthquake.

Our heroes and Taproom’s staff!

Fishing boats are already busy collecting food and other necessities for Miyagi Prefecture. Mark and Kunie thought they could add a little contribution of their own to turn that fated Sunday into a day to remember for a useful and much needed purpose.

With the help of the staff, including Chris Madera, they thought up a simple project:
Call all friends on Facebook and ask them to bring canned and tinned food (and others) directly to the Taproom from 12:00 on Sunday 20th. A great idea in its simplicity as canned food can last almost indefinitely and be warmed up for hot meals!

They announced other efforts already on the way!

Yes, charity does cost money, even through the Red Cross, but everyone donated without a fuss and socialized for a very long drink.

And the donations started coming!

View of the Taproom

Donators from all countries busy ordering!

Half the donators were Japanese.
Talk of international cooperation!

It soon got crowded and we were still early in the afternoon.

And donations kept piling up!

What can make you happier than providing a little help?

A well-done job needs a toast!

In spite of all the hardships there are thousands (and more) people deeply aware of what’s needed in times of crisis.
It is those “little gestures” that make this world a little easier to live in!

Mark, Kunie, gals and lads, a profound thanks from all!

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Today’s Lunch Box/Bento (’11/17): Healthy Pasta Salad Bento!

All these gastonomic reports for my official work at Agrigraph Japan is not always helping my health and the Missus has to think about my waistline from time to time!

Thinking of heath and balance the Missus prepared her favorite pasta/spaghetti (she is an addict!) and once the had cooled down seaoned them wit some dressing of her own.
She added smoked salmon, capers and kawairedaikon/daikon sprouts and some lemon.
Simple and colorful!

The salad dish too was simple, colorful and healthy:
On a bed of carrot salad a semi-hard boiled egg, liced plum tomatoes, cucumber and penty of cress. I added sesame dressing I keep handy at work.

Dessert? No need, really! LOL
Very, very healthy! Alright, and tasty, too!

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011): Making the Most of Cancelled Events!

Solliciting Celebrities’ appeal!

Many events in Shizuoka have been cancelled as respect for the victims of the catastrophic earthquake which jolted Japan on March 11th.
This week-end should have seen two days of Shizuoka Flower Fest.

This Saturday and Sunday, the SBS/Shizuoka Broadcasting Services Radio has decided to appeal to everyone for donations from 10:00 to 17:00 to help the victims of the East Japan Earthquake as it has been officially named.

The City had already erected numerous tents and booths in Gofuku Street and Aoba Park in Shizuoka City and left them standing for the appeal.

SBS TV and Radio appealing for donations.

The Shizuoka Spring Festival, the biggest event of its kind in Shizuoka City, due to occur on April 1st~3rd has been cancelled and money donations will be called for again on a big scale.

“Charity Booth”

Unfortunately once again “politicians” were not up to the task (it seems to be, but for some rare exception a global disease…).
Instead of postponing the campaign, the candidates for the Mayor election due to occur in a few weeks decided to proceed spending no less than 18,000,000 yen of official subsidies (txpayers’ money): 180,000 Euros or 280,000 US $!
Shame on them!
They ought to look up to Governor Kawakatsu…

Selling goods for money donations.

More booths with disaster photos and official maony collection.

Let’s forget these people who call themselves the servitors of people and do what we can!

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011):Collecting Money at Beer No Yokota Bar!

Service: very friendly
Facilities: very clean
no-smoking-logoNon-smoking!
Strong points: The beer!

Shizuoka People know what it is like to suffer from earthquakes and other seisms and they do take it with a bit of fatality and a pinch of wisdom.
But they certainly don’t forget their compatriots in need in other regions of Japan.
All kinds of spontaneous money collections are occuring, small or big.

One of them has been going on since the very beginning at Yokota No Beer Bar!

No frills, no fanfare, just a cut whisky box with a hand-written sign appealing for charity!
Anyone can have a look at the money inside.
No worry, nobody will steal it!
The money will go regularly to the Red Cross.
That’s all!

Wisdom, fortitude, concern? Take your pick!

Beer No Yokota
Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku-Cho, 2-5-22, Social Kadode bldg 2F (behind the City Hall)
Tel.: 054-255-3683
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00 (15:00~24:00 on Saturdays)
Closed on Thursdays
HOMEPAGE

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011) Panic-buying abating in Shizuoka

(Cheap brand) bread gone…

The past week has been marked by some panic-buying, especially in Tokyo, but here in Shizuokka people are slowly becoming more reasonable in spite of the fears provoked mainly by foreign media and alarmist Embassies who haven’t realized that their apocalypse announcements have been closely watched by Japanese viewers.

No so many instant noodles gone yet.

Shizuoka is nonetheless the most earthquake-prone area in Japan, but its citizens are gradually accepting the situation with a lot of calm in spite of their private concerns.

Still more than half of the larger instant noodle meals left.

I paid a visit to the nearest Shizutetsu store, part of a local mega supermarket chain to have an idea for myself of the situation.

Half of the protein biscuits gone. They are French…

Interestingly enough only 3 types of merchandise were sought after:
Toilet paper, Fresh bread and instant noodles.

Breads and cakes almost gone…

I understand the buying of toilet paper and instant noodles, but fresh bread? How long can you keep it?

Plenty of juice, milk and yoghurt left.

No panic for fruit and vegetables!

Maybe bananas are going faster…

Stacke of meat and fish.

I hope that my friends abroad will understand that the Japanese are markedly wiser in the event of a major catastrophe!

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