Rikuzentakata Carnival Event

VolunteerAKITA is proud to announce a joint event with the city of Rikuzentakata!

With the immediate dangers past, the needs of the survivors have changed. While many people feel that they have to start supporting themselves financially, it doesn’t mean we cannot still give them support to continue moving forward. We need to remind the people that have survived the March 11 disaster that they are not forgotten and that we still care about their situation.

With this in mind, we have partnered with Rikuzentakata, Iwate in cooperation with the mayor, city hall and the citizens, to organize a carnival style event where everyone can get together and enjoy themselves. We want booths and stalls with events ranging from carnival games to balloon animals, face painting to face stuffing. The individual booth ideas are up to us, the volunteers.

This is a chance to give back to the community, to get back to the coastal cities and volunteer our time and show them support.

Time and location

The event will take place in Rikuzentakata city on August 31, 2013 (Saturday). The location within the city hasn’t been determined yet, as they need to know the number of participants in order to reserve a big enough location.

What we need right now

We need volunteers who are willing to commit their time to this event. We know it is far in the future, but in order to make the event a success this time and for many times to come, we have to start planning now.

If you are interested but don’t know if you can commit yet, please let us know as we need to tell the city our numbers ASAP, and would rather overestimate than underestimate.

Even if you can’t make it to the event, we can still use your help! Please send in your ideas for booths. The more ideas we have the more memorable we can make the day.

We can also use donations, be it monetary or supplies. Donation details have yet to be finalized but please stay tuned for more information.

How you can donate

Please donate your time and ideas to our cause. Send us an email with your contact information if you want to participate and/or any ideas you have for the event.


While the event date is August 31, 2013, there is much to do right now. We need a head count of participating volunteers so the city can reserve an appropriate size space. We also need to include ideas for booths/stalls in a report to the city so they can determine what resources they will need to provide. We want to send them this report as soon as we can, so please contact us now!

If you are interested in more information about the city of Rikuzentakata, the mayor, or this project, please look at the following links.

Rikuzentakata’s Facebook page

About Mayor Futoshi Toba

As always, you can look here for the latest information Rikuzentakata Carnival Event

Thank you very much!!

Jon and KK

Co-directors of volunteerAKITA


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