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March 13, 2011

NZ Quake Benefit

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Fun night in Furano.

Last night there was a benefit for the New Zealand earthquake at the hostel where I am staying. Ironically it was the day or so after the tsunami that devastated the North-east coast of Japan. On the day of the tsunami, I was having a bit of a lie down and felt this shaking and could not work out what it was. So after a while I got up and went downstairs to ask people what was going on. They were all gathered around the TV and the news was about an earthquake off the coast of Sendai. Ten minutes later we were watching live footage of the tsunami engulfing towns and countryside. The scenes were horrific and I think everyone has seen all the images by now.

Maki Making
Learning how to make Sushi rolls

So last night there was a bit of a jumble sale, and then we got to learn how to make Sushi rolls. We put down the seaweed sheets (Nori) on a bamboo mat and then put rice down on the nori, bits of cucumber, avocado, tuna, daikin and other bits and pieces that I had no idea what they were. I did not put any wasabi on mine because it is way too hot for me. Hmm, well it is not actually hot, it just burns your nose. I also made some pink savoury rice balls that were put into a little tofu pocket, then cut in half and more weird stuff sprinkled on the top. I forget the name of them.

Maki Eating
Eating a Sushi Roll I learned how to make

After that, the ladies learnt how to make bath bombs and then everyone joined in some Maori games that were played with something like drum sticks. Then we had the raffle, or it was more like a lucky door prize. I won a Samurai Japan stick pin and a little wooden carving from the local massage lady. It was heaps fun. Then the crew got the musical instruments out – a couple of guitars, a keyboard and a japanese drum like a small conga. We did a few songs, and I played the drum for a while. Later on it turned into a jam session and we played for hours. I had a ball.

Bo, Claire and me
Me playing the drum. I promise I was having fun, though it does not look like it

Thanks to Nakagawa-san for taking the photos on his camera phone. Arigato gozaimasu.


  1. Good to hear you are OK Steve; I’ve spread the word to the family.
    Lawrie and Maureen are on a cruise around Oz; best way to survive a tsunami, out on the deep water.

    Comment by Jim Happ — March 15, 2011 @ 6:20 am

  2. Hi Jim,

    Most people know I am OK. I left a message on Facebook and heaps of people read it.

    Hokkaido is relatively problem free and it has not affected us.


    Comment by @steve_happ — March 16, 2011 @ 8:36 am

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