Written on May 27, 2011
Even though news reports of the Fukushima nuclear power plant are not on the front page days, the problems for the Japanese people have not abated, and the overall mood in Japan is tense. Still. Amy Katoh, the author of many fine books on Japan and Japanese culture, has transformed the window of her famous Tokyo shop, Blue & White: Amy has posted messages of fortitude in her window, and has created a tenugui bearing the same words, shown here.Here’s what Blue & White has to say about this tenugui:
On March 11, when the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated Tohoku, Sayoko Hayasawa started brushing words of encouragement and hung them in the window of Blue & White to comfort passersby and give them courage. People smiled and even cried when they saw the messages and drew so much strength from them that we decided to dye our Genki tenugui to help people get through the shock of the multiple disasters.
Itsumo Isshouni: Always Together
Te wo tsunagou: Let’s Join Hands
Makeruna: Don’t Give Up
Minna no chikara: The Power of Everyone
Gambarou: Let’s Go Forward
Daijobu: It is alright
Japan still needs help. Please consider giving a small amount to the Japanese Red Cross Society.