2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund
Organized by: Micaela Anne
Donations to help lives
April 19, 2016
If you have never been, allow me tell you just how special Kumamoto is. It's a stylish and traditional city with a rich history; Kumamoto City is elegant and old-fashioned, built around the iconic Kumamoto Castle, which can be seen from the main streets downtown. The train line doesn't run through the city, but rather alongside it. Kumamoto City's main method of transportation is a street car that runs down the centre of the street. At night, when the castle lights up and overlooks the downtown, it's so, so, beautiful. When you leave the city and head to the countryside, you enter a realm of untouched, honest Japan. You can experience the lush natural scenery, relax in natural hot spring baths, and even visit the crater of the nearby active volcano, Mt. Aso. Yes, volcanoes are dangerous! But you can approach one in Kumamoto. How cool is that? Some of my favorite instagrammers have taken some amazing photos in the Aso area. It's wild, and mysterious, and raw, and real. Yesterday, Kumamoto Castle's walls may have crumbled, and mudslides in the Aso region have buried homes, destroyed roads, and bridges, I will not tell you about Kumamoto in past tense. Kumamoto is still amazing. Kumamoto is still beautiful. Kumamoto will recover. Many of you may not know this, but before I lived in Fukuoka, I lived in Kumamoto. Kumamoto was where I started my YouTube Channel. My first video that I ever uploaded, was of me riding my bicycle along the twisting streets to a Belle And Sebastian song. Over the past several years, YouTube and blogging about Kyushu, has transformed from a single hobby to a career, and it all started in Kumamoto. I have a moral obligation to repay this island that has been so great to me; tomorrow I will be dropping off supplies at Daimyo Elementary School to be sent to evacuees, but I also want to do what I can to help support the ongoing recovery efforts that will undoubtedly become a financial strain as time goes by. That's where you come in. At the end of this month, I will be making a monetary donation to the prefectural government to aid relief efforts. I know there are many opinions about where the money should be distributed, but I have made this decision based on reviewing several case studies on how the money was spent during the Tohoku 3.11 earthquake. I believe that the government officials in Kyushu will make Kumamoto's recovery their top priority.