Friday, 18th March 2011
In Events In Japan,
Earth Day Osaka to raise money for quake victims
Next week's Happy Earth Day Osaka 2011 will be going ahead despite last week's earthquake, it has been announced, and a collection will be taken to help support those affected in the north east.
The event will be held at Kyuhoji Ryokuchi Park on March 26th and 27th, featuring concerts, workshops, sports events, talk shows and an art exhibition all on the themes of protecting the Earth, peace and human rights.
With last week's natural disaster in mind, the organisers will provide a collection box so visitors can donate to rescue and relief funds.
Mitsuru Nakamura, Happy Earth Day Osaka 2011 director, said: "Meeting people with a diversity of beliefs and cultural backgrounds, and being accepting of each other can help us solve all sorts of problems, not just related to the environment."
Other attractions include cafes and restaurants offering health-conscious foods, such as organically produced udon noodles and additive-free doughnuts.
Earth Day has been celebrated in Japan every spring for the past 41 years and this year's event will be free to the public.
Written by Kimberley Homer