Beyond Words | Beyond Borders: Messages to Tohoku

If you’re in London and interested in Japan, you might like to pop down to the Embassy of Japan before 30th September to see their current exhibition “Beyond Words | Beyond  Borders: Messages to Tohoku“.

(Image: Embassy of Japan)

The exhibition is a collection of colourful messages to Japan from school children across the UK. Some of the children who wrote messages would have already had connections with Japanese kids through the Japan Society‘s schools education programme which supports over 100 British school links with Japan. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Japan Society has forwarded letters from British schools to over 300 schools in Tohoku (after first translating them all). The Earthquake Letters Project aims to educate and involve children in relief effort projects such as the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund.

I had a brief look at the exhibition while I was at the Embassy for work the other night, and I thought it was really touching. It’s certainly worth visiting if you’re in the area. Do remember, though, that the Embassy of Japan is only open Monday – Friday, 9.30 – 5.30, and you need photo ID to get in.

For more information, please take a look at the Embassy of Japan website or the Japan Society website. A selection of the messages can be viewed on the Japan Society website, here.

(Image: Embassy of Japan)

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