Bamboo Lanterns for Kobe’s 20th Anniversary Memorial

2014/12/18 ニュース

January 17, 2015 will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.

Today, our office sent a set of bamboo lanterns with prayers and wishes written by the people of the Seattle area to Kobe.

The calligraphy and paper art seen inside the top sections of the four lanterns was done by a local paper artist, who is originally from Kobe, Ms. Sachi Tanimoto.

Among the more than 100 signatures are Ed Murray, the Seattle Mayor, and Masahiro Ohmura, the Consul General of Japan in Seattle. We wish to thank everyone who signed the lanterns! The people of Kobe greatly appreciate Seattle’s support both during the immediate recovery and in the present day.


The bamboo lanterns were made from a single piece of bamboo. As you can see, it was a little difficult to cut! / 竹灯篭は一本の竹から作成しました。切るのに少し苦労しました。

They’re finally complete! / やっと完成です。

Ms. Tanimoto, the artist who graciously made the paper art and Japanese characters for the lanterns. Thank you! / 題字を作成してくださった谷本佐智さんです。ありがとうございました。

The lanterns were on display during the Japan-America Society’s Holiday Party on December 2, 2014. / 12月2日に行われた「日米協会ホリデー・ディナー」で皆さんにメッセージをいただきました。

Thank you to everyone who took the time to write a message at the party and elsewhere! / メッセージをくださった皆さん、ありがとうございました。