Tree of Hope
Princess Akishino, (2nd right), Refugees International Japan President Jane Best and two children from international schools light the Tree of Hope in Karajan Plaza at Ark Hills in Tokyo on Tuesday morning. The campaign’s theme is “Light Up the Life of a Refugee Child.” The tree, which came from Tohoku, will be in place until Jan 6 and throughout the period there will be a variety of events associated with it, each designed to raise funds for Refugees International. Each Saturday there will also be a marketplace at which a variety of goods will be on sale, all to benefit RIJ. Highlights include musicians Rosa and Kazuki singing Colombian songs and Russian Kalinka dancing by Jenya Shpot (Dec 1), St Mary’s Bell Choir performing from 12 noon - 1 p.m. (Dec 6), Australian Ballet Company and Ruby Room Orchestra performances (Dec 8) and Seisen School Orchestra singing carols from 4.30-5:30 p.m. on Dec 12.