Aussies participate in Minami Sanriku 'Recovery Market' for second time
29 April 2012
More than 20 people from the Australian Embassy Tokyo travelled to Minami Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, to participate in the 13th Recovery Market event held on Sunday 29 April. This is the second time the Embassy has set up a stall at the market – Australia first participated in the event in October last year. The recovery market, which is celebrating its first anniversary, attracted a large number of visitors who took advantage of the Golden Week holidays to attend the event.
Embassy staff, and their family members and friends, sold lamingtons (sponge cakes covered in chocolate icing and coconut which were very popular last time) and piping hot baked potatoes with curry sauce, as well as Australian beer and fruit juice. Locals and visitors alike thoroughly enjoyed experiencing a little taste of Australia.
The Australian contingent also got to catch up with students from three local junior high schools who went on a study tour to the Gold Coast at the end of March. Wearing the same distinctive yellow t-shirts as the Embassy staff, the students helped out at the stall, calling out to customers and selling food. The students were keen to assist as it enabled them to give something back to Australia in return for the kindnesses they were shown by the many wonderful people they met on their trip. The students were excited to be reunited with Embassy staff and new friends from other schools who travelled with them to the Gold Coast.
The visiting Embassy staff (and friends) helped to celebrate the first anniversary of the market with a guitar performance on a special stage at the venue.
The Australian Embassy's participation in the 13th Minami Sanriku Recovery Market was made possible through funding and donations of goods from the Australia-Japan Foundation, the Japan Australia New Zealand Society and Club Australia. Once again, all proceeds from the stall will be donated to Minami Sanriku and the Recovery Market Executive Committee.
The Australian Government is continuing to implement a range of projects as part of its efforts to assist recovery in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami.