List of Games!!!

Here’s our official list of games for the FAIR! Included are links to YouTube videos in case you are unsure of what “Pitch Burst” or “Cornhole” is. For those interested, we also have included the status of the game (what materials we have acquired. )

Carnival Games

-KK and Jon


Messages for Rikuzentakata!


Messages written by students in Tochigi! We will be displaying these messages, as well as any others that people want to write/send on the day of the FAIR!!!

If anyone would like to send any messages or pictures, please don’t hesitate! The citizens appreciate and are extremely grateful for even the tiniest thoughts you have for them.


Revving our engines

With FAIR Takata less than two months away, we will be spreading the word to everyone we know. If you know someone who is interested in helping out the event, please feel free to pass on the following information to them.

VolunteerAKITA and Wakodo is proud to announce a joint event with the city of Rikuzentakata, FAIR Takata!

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 them that they are not forgotten and that we still care about their situation.

With this in mind, we have partnered with Wakodo and Rikuzentakata, Iwate in cooperation with the mayor, city hall and the citizens, to organize a carnival and live music 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. We will feature both local musical performances, junior high schools and senior high school, and music acts from all around the country.

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.

FAIR Takata Time and Location-

The event will take place in Rikuzentakata city on August 17, 2013 (Saturday). The location is Takata Elementary School.

What we need right now-

We have set a tentative goal of ¥500,000. We would like to make the “FAIR” side of the event as authentic as possible, so we will be building and replicating some of your favorite carnival games for the attendees to try out. All donations will go towards the games and operational costs of the event.

If you’d like to see more details, you can always view our projected budget on our website on the FAIR Takata page

How you can donate-

Donations from within Japan can be done by bank transfer (furikomi). Banking details can be found on our website’s donation page



The event is fast approaching! August 17th is less than 2 months away! We will be accepting donations right up to the day of the event. Please tell everyone you know, even if you can’t volunteer, come share in the experience with us. The citizens of Rikuzentakata will be incredibly thankful! We look forward to seeing you there!

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

Rikuzentakata’s Facebook page

About Mayor Futoshi Toba

Thank you very much!!

Jon and KK

Co-directors of volunteerAKITA

FAIR Takata Budget

Hey everyone,

If you are looking for the projected budget for FAIR Takata, you’ve come to the right place!

Please take a look at our budget if you are interested in how we are planning on spending the money.

Please note that the budget doesn’t include costs that we plan on sharing with Wakodo. Things like stage costs and rental toilets. Thus, we have set our goal above our projected costs.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.

FAIR Takata Budget


We are changing the name!

After speaking with some native Japanese people about the event, we discovered that they picture a Brazilian carnival with the parades and the costumes when they hear the word “carnival”. Since that isn’t what we are going for, we’ve decided to change the name to…

FAIR Takata

We hope this doesn’t cause any confusion in the future!

We are also finalizing details to accept international donations. We hope to be able to announce that within the next week or so! Please keep your eyes on this page!

– Jon and KK

Carnival in Rikuzentakata Update!

We have an important update regarding the carnival. We are happy to announce that we will be working with a group of Japanese university students who are from the Rikuzentakata area. They ran an event last year called “Wakodosai”. Here is their website:

The city encouraged our two groups to work together to organize a super fantastic carnival this year. With their experience and our international can-do spirit, we hope we can make the vision of our carnival a complete success.

Due to our two groups working together, the city has moved the carnival to:

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

We think this is actually a better date and doesn’t conflict with as many events. We hope the new date still works for everyone.

Other information about the carnival:

-The carnival will be held at Takata Elementary school. The principal has graciously allowed us the use of the grounds and the gym!
-We have some confirmed musical acts for the carnival, including some local talent from Akita!
-Monty Dickson’s sister has offered her full support and hopes to attend the carnival as well!
-We have a Facebook Page! “Carnival in Rikuzentakata” Please join and use it as a forum to discuss booths and ideas for the carnival!

As always, you can find up-to-date information on the website and Facebook page, Carnival in Rikuzentakata.

Mark your calenders, we can’t wait to bring you more information soon!

Jon and KK

Carnival in Rikuzentakta – Booth ideas

For our upcoming carnival event, you might be wondering how you can volunteer.  We want to run a variety of booths and activities.  We’ve sent out a brainstorming call for ideas, so here is a compiled list of them all.  This list is not finalized, if you have any other ideas for the carnival, please get in touch with us.  If you see something on the list you really want to be a part of, let us know!

Carnival Games

-Water bucket drop

-Balloon Darts


-Ring Toss

-Ateji for “Carnival” to be used in following Rikuzentakata carnivals.

-Magic and balloon animals


-Apple bobbing

-Water Balloon toss/Egg Toss


-Fishing over curtain for a prize

Anyone can participate races

– three legged

– wheel barrow

– tray race

– egg spoon race

Anyone can participate events/field games

– scavenger hunt

– octopus

– penalty kick shoot out

– mini-sticks

– Easter egg hunt


We also would like to have food stalls with items that are commonly found/served in our home countries.

For example:

–          Sugar cookie decorating/no bake cookies

–          English tea time

–          BBQ

–          Candy apples

–          (cup)Cake walk

Live music

We’d love to provide live entertainment on a stage at the carnival, further details to follow.

There is so much we can do with this event, keep thinking about it, and volunteerAKITA hopes you will be there with us in August!


– Jon