WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)
WHERE: David Brower Center – 2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704
TICKETS: $75 general admission, $50 for students and faculty.

Umami Mart and the Center for Japanese Studies of UC Berkeley present Tohoku Springs Back, an evening of food, drinks, music and dancing — to commemorate the hardships endured in the Tohoku region in the last five years, and the people who are bringing positive change to the area.

The event will take place at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, on Saturday March 12. Tohoku Springs Back will feature DJ Marcy from Fukushima (owner of a record shop in Fukushima City called Little Bird) and Tori-chan, who owns a restaurant in Tokyo called Jicca (but she herself is from Minami-Soma, in Fukushima). Tori will cook for the event along with Casa de Kei, and DJ Marcy will spin records.

Local jazz band Otonowa will play a set and there will also be a special talk by Martin Fackler, former New York Times Bureau Chief of Japan – who was on the ground on 3/11/2011. He will talk about his experiences during this time as a journalist.

Event Menu
Local Fukushima Cuisine
By Jicca

Miso Roll with Shiso (しそ巻き)

Mushroom Kinpira (きのこのきんぴら)

AIZU SOBA Salad (会津蕎麦サラダ)

Shio Koji Pickles (三五八ピクルス)

Salmon & Ikura Pilaf (鮭はらこ炊き込みおにぎり)

Miso-marinated Roast Pork (豚ロース味噌漬け)

Anko & Chocolate Ball (あんこトリュフ)


Drink Menu

Sake by Kibo and Momokawa
Beer by Coedo


The two non-profit organizations we will be fundraising for will be:

1. Y-PLAN Japan (“Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now”), a UC Berkeley leadership and exchange program that has hosted 600 high schoolers from Tohoku since 2012. Through generous funding from SoftBank, 100 youth pursue a three-week intensive program on building leadership and social enterprise skills.

2. Safecast, a foundation selling kits to build geiger counters and encouraging people to share their radiation data online in a free, open-source website platform.


Can’t join us for the event?

Donate to Safecast here.

Donate to TOMODACHI program here. In Step #4, write “TOMODACHI Program.”