• Kyodo


Nineteen fifth-grade students from a public elementary school gathered Thursday to create works of art for elementary school students affected by last year’s Tohoku region disaster.

After viewing a collection of portraits by Japanese children from the disaster-affected areas at the Japanese Information and Culture Center in Washington, the students from Thomson Elementary School spent an hour drawing with their own messages of encouragement.

“I’m sending them a hero, because they need a hero to help them,” said Danny Tan, 10, as he hunched over his drawing of Sherlock Holmes, his personal favorite hero.

Omar Mendoza, also 10, said he wanted to send the Japanese children “happiness and love.”

The drawings, many of which depicted cherry blossoms, suns, the Hinomaru flag and other Japan-related imagery, as well as hearts and angels, were adorned with words of encouragement for the children in affected areas. “We love Japan,” said one, while another boasted the Chinese character for friendship.

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