Nova Scotia

Haligonians reach out to Japan

The Japanese Society of Halifax is organizing a $1,000 donation to the Red Cross in Japan out of its own funds.

The Japanese Society of Halifax is organizing a $1,000 donation to the Red Cross in Japan out of its own funds.

"Worst nightmare for me. I couldn't believe it. Too terrible to be true. [I'm] just shocked," said Yaeko Ito, secretary of the society.

Ito's husband was on a business trip to Japan when the earthquake struck, but she has confirmed that he and her family are safe and she expects him home this week.

She said many people in Halifax's Japanese community are talking about how to help the ravaged country, and this donation is a first step.

Tomoko Miyano calls Halifax home, but she's originally from Hakodate, Japan, the official sister city of Halifax, which boasts a busy port, a historic star-shaped citadel and a northerly climate just like Halifax.

Miyano was relieved when she managed to contact friends and family still living in Japan.

"So Hakodate had a flooding, a little bit, and the morning market area is full of mud right now. But that's kind of apart from the city, so most of the areas in the city seem to be fine, including the area where my family and friends are living," said Miyano.

Miyano hopes a cleanup will happen soon because that the morning market is a big part of Hakodate business.

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