Japan One Year On: Farewell Dinner for Earthquake Refugees
The Kanda Amerex Building is home to the Tokyo Japan Youth Hostel Booking Centre; one of the top performers recognised and rewarded as part of the hihostels.com 5th birthday celebrations. Instead of using their prize money to have a staff celebration, the Booking Centre generously decided to use their prize funds to host a farewell dinner for refugees of the earthquake.
Tokyo Central YH was designated as official accommodation for earthquake refugees by the Tokyo Government in early-April 2011 and had accepted more than 50 earthquake refugees. Although most of the refugees had moved on to new places 4 months after the tragedy, 16 refugees were still dependent on the hostel.
The Booking Centre and JYH staff decided to use their prize money to hold a thank you and goodbye dinner for staff and the refugees, providing special hot meals for everyone. This made a welcome change from the instant food most refugees had been eating since the earthquake.
One of the refugees said that “the YH style – was a moderate balance of privacy, protection and public space. The hostel is really comfortable and warm and made everyone feel as if they were old friends”.
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