Effects of quake still felt in Japan

kna  Makiko Hastings with her ceramic birds.  110415M2.
kna Makiko Hastings with her ceramic birds. 110415M2.

Makiko Hastings, who teaches at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre and recently completed a degree at Harrogate College, raised £5,000 for the Japanese Red Cross following the earthquake last year.

Now she is hoping to specifically support a small town, Minami Sanriku Cho, 70 per cent of which was destroyed by the tsunami.

“My family visited the town before the earthquake and said how lovely a place it was and how nice the people were,” she said. “I actually went there last September and spoke to survivors. It will take until the next generation to rebuild the town, but this is something I can do to help.”

Makiko is launching the Help Japan Project 2 with a craft fair stall on Saturday, June 16 at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre at Bond End in Knaresborough, from 10am-4pm.

The good news is that the birds are back – Makiko sold 1,000 ceramic birds last time around, including the last 200 within a single hour, and has already made 300 for the new project.

“I will be selling my birds, hopefully along with other new products and my stock of ceramics,” she said. “I know the news of Japan seems to be faded away today, but their recovery has just started and will need more support.”

She explained why she had chosen the town of Minami Sanriku Cho. “What I felt from them was a humbleness. They look up – not giving up despite such huge damage,” she said.

“I feel they are doing so positively after the devastation.”

For more information, email makikohastings@gmail.com.