On this the 1-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, we want to say ありがとう (arigatou; thank you) to all those, both near and far, who came to Houston's aid in a time of need.
Owing to your generosity, the Japan Stands With Houston campaign exceeded our initial fundraising goal of $25,000 and raised $52,364.58 for Houston flood relief.
In addition to monetary gifts, you entrusted us with supplies and food - from 300 onigiri prepared by Seiwa Market for first responders to cases of cookies sent from Japan by Akie Abe, wife of Prime Minister Abe, for flood victims.
You also ran alongside us as we raised funds for the Houston Food Bank through the Harvest Marathon, spent time with us volunteering at shelters, and purchased special "bento boxes" from Kata Robata Sushi + Grill during Washoku Month.
Your support - channeled through Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) and BakerRipley - has made possible the rebuilding of schools and homes as well as hope and emotional healing.
One year later, we remain humbly #HoustonStrong!