Monday, March 12, 2012

Japan after Fukushima: the new initiatives

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When something bad happens I always try to focus on moving forward and making the next step after the shock starts to fade. 

All of us might remember the pictures from the news one year ago from Japan. The aim of this post is not to recall those emotions again. I was inspired to write this post by reading the latest post on Tea&Cookies Blog, a blog which I really like and follow through Google Reader.

Tara the author of the blog wrote about a really nice initiative I would like to share. After the earthquakes and Fukushima a famous Japanese cooking authority, Elizabeth Andoh decided that she would like to help in her own way and raise money for the rebuilding in the Tohoku region. 

And this resulted in Kibo , an e-cookbook, which commemorates the food of the Tohoku region. It is a 273-page book and costs 3.99 USD. I copied here the Synopsis from the homepage since this describes the content of the book the best:

"This cookbook is a heartfelt and fascinating tribute to the food, traditions, and courage of the people of Japan's Tohoku region before and after the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. It features traditional recipes such as Miso-Seared Scallops, Pinched-Noodle Soup with Pork, Salmon-Stuffed Kelp Rolls, and basics like rice, stocks, and sauces, along with sake pairings and essays on Japan in recovery from journalists and food writers.

Kibō was written by Japanese culinary authority Elizabeth Andoh, who was in her Tokyo kitchen when the Great Eastern-Japan Earthquake struck.  Over the following months she witnessed the strength of the people of the Tohoku region--one of the largest miso- and sake-producing areas in Japan--as they struggled with the effects of the resulting tsunami and nuclear accident. She was inspired to write Kibō (meaning "brimming with hope") to not only tell the story of the food of the Tohoku region but also to document the experiences of its people, both before and after the disaster. This lushly photographed original eBook will honor the region and its rich culture on the first anniversary of the earthquake, with a portion of the proceeds going to Japanese recovery efforts."

I am not a big cook (yet) as many of you might know, but I got interested in this book and am going to buy it. I like Japan anyways and it is a good feeling to know that while I have fun with trying to cook their dishes, from the price of the book I can contribute and help a bit.

If you agree with the initiative, please like the post and help to spread the word.

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