The local Fukushima newspaper Fukushima Minpo (http://www.minpo.jp//) announced on December 15 that it is collecting Christmas messages in Japan and abroad for children in the prefecture affected by the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The "Smile Fukushima -- Merry Christmas" campaign launched on December 15 and will run until December 19.
Selected messages will be carried in the December 25 edition of the Fukushima Minpo newspaper. The page carrying the messages will be formatted so that it can be folded into a Christmas hat. The first 200 children elementary school age or younger and their parents who bring the hat will be admitted free of charge to meet a real Santa Claus from Finland at a Christmas event to be held on December 25, 2011 at the UNITED SPORTS FOUNDATION KIDS PARK supported by Super SportsXebio in Fukushima City.
The "Smile Fukushima" project was launched by the Fukushima Minpo in an effort to encourage Fukushima residents affected by the March earthquake and tsunami. In the project’s inaugural undertaking, sunflowers were planted this summer and arranged into a giant flower shaped work of art.
How to submit your message:
Send message by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What to include with the message:
2) full name
4) message (may be edited due to space restrictions)
Monday, December 19, 2011
14:00-15:30 on Sunday, December 25 (Numbered tickets will be handed out from 9:00)
Requirement for admission: Bring the message page of the December 25 edition of Fukushima Minpo folded into a Christmas hat
Maximum number of visitors: 200 children of elementary school age or younger and their parents; numbered tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis
Venue: UNITED SPORTS FOUNDATION KIDS PARK supported by Super SportsXebio (39-2 Sakurauchi, Minami-Yanome, Fukushima City; Tel: 024-555-1240)