The Beautiful City of Tokyo; January 4, 2013
Sarah is truly connecting burn survivors around the world! Just after arriving in Tokyo, she and Joe had the opportunity to dine with Mr. Masayuki Tejima, his wife Mizuho and daughter Aya. Mr. Tejima is an incredible man and is the founding member and true force behind the Phoenix Society of Japan for burn survivors and their families.
Phoenix Society of Japan; January 5, 2012
The Phoenix Society of Japan was founded in 1991 by a few good men who knew that there was a need for support in the burn community. Mr. Masayuke Tejima was one of these good men. The meeting shared between Sarah, Joe and The Phoenix Society of Japan was incredible. Sarah delivered a one hour presentation and Mr. Tejima was kind enough to translate in print and audibly. There was also a wonderful Q & A session in which the members of Japan were also able to share their stories.
22 people from around Japan came to both meet Sarah (they had seen her on Amazing Stories!) and to learn of the Phoenix Society in US. There were many great relationships and friendships born. Enjoy the pictures below:
Exploring Tokyo; January 6, 2013
January 6, 2013 was a day packed full of precious memories. The day was hosted by Sarah's Harvard Business School classmate, Mr. Morimasa Sato, his lovely wife Hidemi and their beautiful daughter Tomomi. After a delicious breakfast, pictured below, the group set out on their incredible adventure.
Their first stop was Asakusa (old downtown Tokyo), where they walked through the marketplace toward the Sensouji (Asakusa Kannon Temple). Upon reaching the temple area, the group joined the line that moved slowly to the spiritual tradition of tossing coins into a box, folding hands in prayer, and making a wish for the new year.
Next, they enjoyed exploring the area near the temple and were constintly amazed by the color, texture and presentation of each item. Below is a sampling of the favorites:
Mori's driver drove the group through various neighborhoods until they reached the Ginzi District. The Ginzi District is the Tokyo version of New York's 5th Avenue and is the most beautiful and upscale area Tokyo has to offer.
Next the group boarded the Floating Lounge, called the Hotaluna on the Sumida River, to get a new perspective on the beautiful city. The vessel itself is a highly contemporary, all-glass encased ship. This allowed for access of nearly 360 views.
Following the cruise, the group enjoyed an authentic Japanese dinner at the Toufuya Restaurant, which is at the base of the Tokyo Tower. The nine- course meal was accompanied by women playing the Kato. It was the icing on the cake of a perfectly spent day in Japan. Much appreciation to the Sato family!