In the lead up to the FAIR, we are proud to introduce you to some of the fantastic folks volunteering their talents and time to help us out.

The first person we’d like to spotlight is Guy Totaro of Niko Niko Taishi (the Smile Ambassadors)

Gaetano Totaro Niko Niko Taishi Shi - The Smile AmbassadorsOffering smiles, laughter and love, Niko Niko Taishi have visited 119 locations and interacted with over 9,380 children in Tohoku since 2011. Through their magical musical circus extravaganza their efforts have helped not only children, but their families, caregivers and ultimately their communities.

NNT Show comp

Please come to the FAIR and see this Smile Ambassador for yourself!!!

Thank you Guy-sanNiko Niko Taisshi LOGO Small Patch


International Donations

Hi everyone!

We are so happy to say…

We are NOW accepting international donations for FAIR Takata!

Thanks to IsraAID and Andy Anderson, you can donate to FAIR Takata over at GlobalGiving!  Head to our donate page to see the details, or just click on the donate button on the side to be taken directly there!

If you would like any more information about the event or the budget, head over to our FAIR Takata page and take a look.

Feel free to e-mail us at any time if you have any questions!

Only one month left!

– KK and Jon

FAIR Takata Raffle Prizes!

Takayama Udon

In March 2012, for the one year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, volunteerAKITA and other Tohoku volunteers went to Otsuchi, Iwate. One of the groups we were lucky to work with was Mr. Takayama who is the owner of Takayama Seimen (高山製麺)

Mr. Takayama and his volunteers worked tirelessly, serving free and delicious udon to all those who attended. His generosity and commitment to Tohoku are unbeatable and we are extremely grateful to have met him.

For FAIR Takata, Mr Takayama has donated 20 one kilogram packages of udon to be given out as prizes for the day. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts and only wish he could be in Rikuzentakata for the event.

Thank you so much again Mr. Takayama!

– KK and Jon

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