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Is Your Home Earthquake Ready?

Ofunato Japan 2011

By Anne Colby

L.A. Times 2014


It's been so long since Los Angeles suffered a major earthquake -- the magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake was 20 years ago in January -- that it's been easy to put disaster preparedness on a back burner.

But recent jolts have been a strong reminder that earthquakes are not an "if" but a "when" in Southern California.

Luckily, there are things you can do to help protect your home and family. Many are easy DIY projects -- relocate heavy mirrors and wall hangings away from sleeping areas, install latches on cupboards where glass and ceramics are stored, anchor valuable keepsakes with adhesive or putty. Some you might want to hire a professional to do for you.

Click on the link below EARTHQUAKE READY to see a  chart that demonstrates points in your home that may be vulnerable in a quake and how to fix them. Also included is a chart of what to store in your earthquake survival kits.

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2014 Love To Nippon Memorial Event in Los Angeles

The Japanese American National Museum's core exhibition, Common Ground: The Heart of Community chronicles 130 years of Japanese American history, beginning with the early days of the Issei pioneers through the World War II incarceration to the present.

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Consul General's Commendation Conferred on  Mr. Ted Tanaka, Mrs. Masako Unoura-Tanaka

  On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles confered the Commendation of the Consul General on Mr. Ted Tokio Tanaka and Mrs. Masako Unoura-Tanaka.

The Commendation is conferred on individuals or organizations promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the United States, in support of a Consulate General’s mission.

Mr. Tanaka has contributed much to the nurturing of Japanese American youth through the Asia America Symphony Association.  Additionally, after the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, Tanaka’s leadership of the Asia America Symphony Association’s “Japan Relief Concert” raised $25,000, which was donated to support music programs at elementary and junior high schools in Ofunato city, Iwate prefecture, a region devastated by the disaster.


Mrs. Unoura-Tanaka established the Love to Nippon Project in 2012 and she has a clear vision to continue the project for ten years.

  In addition to the Love to Nippon Project and her fundraising and awareness activities for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami, she has visited the affected region numerous times to continue her volunteer efforts and help with recovery and reconstruction projects.

She is also a strong advocate for reminding the world there are still people suffering from the disaster, and much remains to be done to ensure a full recovery of the region.

She has also been active helping arrange visits to the Tohoku area. In 2012, she worked with the ABC7 Eyewitness News team in Los Angeles and Southern California to document the continued challenges facing the devastated region became an unprecedented, three week series aired during the ABC7 Eyewitness newscasts.

In October 2013, Mrs. Unoura-Tanaka, along with her husband, Mr. Ted Tokio Tanaka, worked to bring back smiles to the affected region by organizing the “Kesen Reconstruction Efforts Golf Tournament”, a first-of-its kind and sold out fundraiser held in Iwate prefecture. 


Read more about the event here.

Masako Unoura-Tanaka shares her experience as a survivor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VExUxQTEZo#t=102
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Mr. Ted Tikio Tanaka and Mrs. Masako Unoura Tanaka are awarded with his commendation by Los Angeles Consul General Jun Niimi.

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Ms. Masako Unoura's lecture entitled "Three Years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami" was held at the Nibei Foundation in Los Angeles. Ms. Unoura discussed her tsunami experience in Kesennuma city, Miyagi Prefecture.

   During her lecture, Masako demonstrated the clothes she wore during her ordeal and described the anguishing moments she experienced as the giant tsunami wave flooded everything and everyone in its path before her eyes.

   The purpose for her public speaking she explained is to educate others on how to better react in a life threatening situation. She also wanted to remind everyone in attendance that

tourism is an important revenue source of recovery for Japan’s reconstruction.

   Click here to watch VIDEO with more of Masako’s lecture.

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    The Japan America Society based in Los Angeles California has begun dispersing monetary grants from it’s 2011 Japan Relief Fund. One such organization to receive aid is the Living Dreams Japan for t’s Smiles & Dreams: The Tohoku Kids Project.

The mission of Living Dreams Japan is to support children’s homes (orphanages) in Japan to help the children become responsible, confident and empowered young adults.  After the March 11, 2011 earthquake, Living Dreams Japan teamed with Smile Kids Japan to create Smiles & Dreams: The Tohoku Kids Project, which works to support children’s homes affected by the triple disasters.  Through this project, Living Dreams Japan works to restore basic necessities including clothing, baby supplies and basic medicines, as well as provide the children’s homes with items that will help rebuild a nurturing environment for the children; items such as toys, computers, books and supplies for a variety of hobbies.  They also work directly with children’s homes and the government agencies responsible for them to best assess the needs of each and every home affected by the disaster.  Furthermore, Living Dreams Japan will connect the children’s homes directly to professional child counseling services and will provide them with a wide range of activities to help improve the children’s’ mental  health after the tragedy they’ve endured.

Japan House In Los Angeles

April 23, 2015 Los Angeles

The Japanese Government announced the creation of Japan House in Los Angeles to promote positive relations and understanding of Japanese culture. Japan House will be a center for Japan to enrich public information and cultural activities and will be expanded to the rest of the world. Los Angeles was chosen in the United States.

For over 100 years, the Japanese community in Los Angeles as well as people of Los Angeles have worked tirelessly to enhance friendly relations between the U.S. and Japan. The announcement of the establishment of Japan House Los Angeles is indeed an exciting opportunity as it will serve as a stage to showcase unique Japanese classical and modern art forms including Japanese cuisine, martial arts, etc.  

His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan visited the United States in late April. To commemorate this special occasion a public forum to promote the establishment of Japan House in Los Angeles will was held.

Those involved with the promotion of Japanese culture as well as for those individuals and organizations who will contribute to, and benefit from, the establishment of the Japan House were on hand to ask questions and voice concerns about the establishment of Japan House in our city.

The objectives of the public forum were as follows:
1. To learn firsthand about Japan House from a representative of the Japanese government and to share that knowledge with as many people as possible;
2. To provide a chance for people of Los Angeles to engage in an exchange of ideas related to the Japan House project;
3. To gather requests and ideas presented by the people of Los Angeles and
4. To compile the above as a proposal and submit to Prime Minister Abe.


Article courtesy: Rafu.com

PASADENA — In the month of May, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden will be celebrating a very special survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima.

The garden has been chosen as the home of a sapling that descended from one of the trees considered lost after the atomic bombing of Aug. 6, 1945.

It was predicted that nothing would grow in the ruins of Hiroshima for 75 years. The trees were scarred and blackened, like all of the landscape in and around Hiroshima. When green shoots were found on the burned trunks of some 170 trees, the people were encouraged beyond measure, gaining hope and strength for recovery.

Green Legacy Hiroshima, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Tokyo Yoneyama Yuai, is taking this inspiration beyond Hiroshima by spreading the seeds and saplings of the “hibaku jumoku” or “A-bombed trees” throughout the world. Already growing in 27 countries, they represent the resiliency of the human spirit and offer a powerful message of peace and symbiosis.

As the home of a Hiroshima camellia — one of only two A-bombed trees in the U.S. — the Storrier Stearns garden joins other ambassadors around the world in the hope that everyone who learns of the Hiroshima camellia and its history will be inspired to promote its message of peace.

The camellia has a place of honor in the garden where the public may visit it during every Open Thursday and on the last Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Reservations for Open Day may be made on the website at: www.japanesegardenpasadena.com

The installation of the Hiroshima camellia was celebrated on Sunday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the garden, located at 270 Arlington Dr. in Pasadena.

This Hiroshima camellia was presented to Rotary International President K. R. Ravindran by Green Legacy Hiroshima at the Presidential Peace Conference, which was held in Ontario on Jan. 15.

In December 2015, Jiro Kawatsuma, 88, past district governor of Hiroshima South Rotary Club Rotary International District 2710, contacted his longtime friend Ted Tokio Tanaka. FAIA, an architect who lives in Marina Del Rey, and told him that Rotary was seeking a home for the camellia.

On Jan. 16, Tanaka brought Rotary members to the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden as their first official visit. They were from China, South Korea, the U.S. and Japan. During their stay for the peace conference, they all felt that the garden would be the most suitable home for this camellia with great support from Tanaka’s L.A. friends and others who share the hope for world peace.

A second-generation A-bombed camellia tree from Hiroshima. (Photo by Richard Fukuhara)

Sapling Descended from A-bombed Tree Planted at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden