Recovery Through Cultural Exchange

By Lorisa Salvatin

Before I left to Fukushima, I was encouraged to participate in the Tomadachi Softbank Summer Leadership Program and host a Japanese high school student for the weekend, with hopes that I would learn a little bit about the Tohoku region before my departure. Seeing the opportunity for a potential story, I also took my chances in interviewing the student who stayed with me.

Minami and I shopping in San Francisco’s Japantown.

Minami and I shopping in San Francisco’s Japantown

It wasn’t until after I returned from my own trip to Japan, that I realized our cultural exchange not only opened our eyes to new experiences, but would become a medium to share what has been happening in the Tohoku region after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and tsunami, and in turn become yet another road to recovery.