Pinocchio for Japan

Exactly one year after the terrible tragedy that has hit Japan, Sunday, March 11, 2012, we carried out in Florence the manifestation of solidarity “Pinocchio for Japan”, under the patronage of the City of Florence and the District N° 1, supported and  hosted by the Cultural Association Pinocchio by Carlo Lorenzini, promoted  and organized by the Japan Solidarity Committee, consisting of associations and individuals.
The event was intended, therefore, to be closer to children displaced, forced to move away from their cities and their roots, and children most in need of comfort and help because they have lost their parents and loved ones, as reported in their intervention, the Committee's President Ikuko Sagiyama and the Coordinator Sara Vezzosi.
Greetings from the Mayor was made by the President of the Council Commission VII, Susanna Agostini, who recalled the genesis of the Japanese Committee and the interest of the City of Florence, while the President of District 1, Stefano Marmugi, reiterated the importance of these concrete actions by thanking the Association of Pinocchio by Carlo Lorenzini for the activity and the availability of finding spaces for workshops.
The President of the host Association, Hon. Monica Baldi, affirmed the consistent support and willingness to be close to the Japanese people, who showed, with courage, determination and dignity, a great ability to recover; she also shared the idea of considering Pinocchio "Ambassador of Solidarity" for Japanese children, taking into account the popularity of the fairy tale of the wooden puppet and organizing other initiatives.

The activities were carried out with particular success, from 15 to 19, at the Restaurant "Da Pinocchio" in Piazza del Mercato Centrale, by the Associations:
FeiMo - FeiMo Contemporary Calligraphy-President Nicola Piccioli
Iroha - National Association for the cultural exchange between Italy and Japan - President Yoko Shimada
ATABS - Bonsai and Suiseki Association Amateur Tuscany - Chairman Sergio Bassi

Program of activities:
Laboratory of Japanese calligraphy (FeiMo)
Minicourse origami (Iroha)
Charity Bazaar
Show bonsai (ATABS)
Karaoke in Japanese and Italian
Afternoon snack Japanese tea and Japanese sweets
Projection images Satoshi Ueda: Rikuzentakata from disaster until now
Workshop artist Ryota Shioya: Hito TeMa for Fukushima

The Japan Solidarity Committee was founded following the disaster of 11 March 2011 and aims to coordinate fundraising activities for the reconstruction of devastated areas and to support the populations affected by the earthquake and tsunami that severely damaged the nuclear plant in Fukushima. The funds collected will be donated entirely to the cities most affected by the disaster, this event has allowed us to give a concrete contribution to the elementary schools: Takata  in the City of Rikuzentakata, Ono and Kumamachi, located in the City of Okumamachi, attended by about 300 children.

Fundraising and solidarity actions for Japan hit by earthquake and tsunami