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Saturday, May 30, 2015

YUKI’S JOURNEY: A Fundraiser for the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund

The following is request for… I don't know… awareness... helping kids read?

It's a fundraiser for the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, a beautiful young woman who tragically lost her life back on March 11, 2011. She was a fellow JET (Japan Exchange & teaching) Programme assistant English teacher whose life was cut short that fateful day when Japan suffered a devastating 9.0 Magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami waves.

It is a request for money, yes, but contributions will help support Taylor Anderson Reading Corners in the Tohoku disaster area.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
$75 donation

Each donation includes entry to the reception for one adult and one child at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, DC, and a copy of Yuki’s Journey.

Program includes book reading, buffet reception and cultural workshop. (This book is appropriate for ages 7-10 years old.)

Yuki's Journey tells the tale of a puppy who is separated from his five-year old master, during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. It follows his journey through the devastation and aftermath to find his master. In the process, he finds himself.
The author, Joseph J. Krakora, has spent 55 years of his career in the performing and visual arts. He served for 28 years as an Executive Officer of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, retiring this past year. He is devoting his retirement to help in increasing cross-cultural understanding between the people of Japan and the United States.

His granddaughter, Abigayle James, who illustrated the book, has had an ongoing affinity for Japan. After graduating this year from high school, she will attend the Art Institute of Virginia Beach, to pursue a career in animation.

Mrs. Nobuko Sasae, wife of Kenichiro Sasae Ambassador of Japan to the United States and event’s hostess, invites you to attend, and support the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund.

Attendance is a $75 donation of which 100% will go to the memorial fund, and includes a reception at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence for one (1) adult and one (1) child, and a copy of Yuki’s Journey by Joseph J. Krakora and Abigayle James.

100% of the funds raised by the book will be donated to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund.

Taylor Anderson was the first confirmed American victim of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
I hope my assumption is correct that this is a photo of Taylor Anderson. 
Her family established the fund to help Japanese students; schools and families in the Ishinomaki area recover from the earthquake and tsunami. Taylor’s family wants to keep her dream of being a bridge between the U.S. and Japan alive. For more information about the fund, please visit the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund at

Please register online at or call the Japan-America Society of Washington DC at (202) 833-2210 for more information.

This seems like a great event, and if you are able to attend and can afford the donation, it's for something that I know is greatly appreciated by all the kids who now get a chance to read books again after the disaster(s).

Andrew Joseph

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