Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Disaster Relief For Travel Photo Thursday, Getterdun !

Here's a scene from a Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of a DIY Store up in Nago City Okinawa, Japan.

The Eisa Dancers were raising funds to donate to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

What really impresses me is the fact that Okinawa is the poorest Prefecture in all of Japan yet, these folks see someone needs a hand and do whatever it takes to lend their support.

There is even a word in the Okinawan dialect, which describes the spirit they are demonstrating in this photo,  YuimaruThe best way to describe Yuimaru would be everyone, in the community, joins hands and pitches-in to get the job done.  It's a spirit of cooperation that is just unbeatable.

This morning a friend contacted me concerning the relief effort for the people in Joplin, Missouri

When I saw the destruction in the photo it was like seeing the results of Japan's tsunami, all over again.

So, I went and clicked on the link SABINA LOHR  sent and showed those folks in Joplin a little YUIMARU.  

If you get a chance and would take the time to throw some change in the bucket, do like I did, click on the SABINA LOHR BUTTON above and getterdun.  It feels good !


Muza-chan said...

Great photo as always. What a lovely place to live :)

RyukyuMike said...

Thank you and YUP, it's a great place to live!

Evan said...

Great photo, thanks for the reminder of those around the world that need our help.

RyukyuMike said...

It seems like once a month some disaster happens, somewhere, around the world. I wish we could help them all but, I have to put my priorities where my friends ask.

Leigh said...

Fantastic, colourful shot.
I volunteer with the KiBO Foundation. The program requires that the students (most of whom are very poor) give back to their community - so it's the very poor giving back to those even worse off. It's amazing to see how proud and great the ones doing the giving feel. In one example a Rwandan fellow who survived the genocide & being a refugee in three countries joined with others to raise money so a counselling center for genocide survivors could be built.

Cathy Sweeney said...

YUIMARU -- love it! Nice to hear about the generosity and kindness of the people of Okinawa. Good of you to post the Sabina Lohr link -- going there now.

Julia said...

Lovely photo. It's always the same in any less well-off community I think. Those people seem better at pitching in together to support each other in times of need. Certainly true where we're from in the UK.

Unknown said...

Wonderful shot Mike!

I made a donation to the tornado victims. Every bit helps.

Thanks for posting to Travel Photo Thursday!

strux said...

Great shot! I think everyone should follow the Japanese way of Yuimaru. People should always pitch in and help in times of need. :)

RyukyuMike said...

Why, thank you ! I hope lots of folks feel the same way you do. Myself, a small donation was all I could afford but, like you say "Every bit helps". even if it's just a little bit.

RyukyuMike said...

Thank you, too.

RyukyuMike said...

Leigh, Cathy, Julia, hope I didn't miss anyone. Thank you all for your comments and insights. I'm behind today, getting ready for a typhoon. No fear, I've lived through many !