Soon after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the huge tsunami it triggered that killed almost 16,000 people and left more than 2,500 missing in the Tohoku region of northeastern Honshu, our C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust contacted the many towns affected and invited survivors to spend a few days with us in the northern Nagano Prefecture hills.

We did so because we are very confident — based on a decade’s experience of bringing children traumatized by abuse or neglect, and ones who are visually challenged, to spend a few days in our woods — that those vibrant, living surroundings are places of healing.

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