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We have just learned that Isao Omachi and his family lost their home and their entire bonsai collection due to the earthquake and resulting tsunami.  Our friends Bill Valavanis, Shinji Suzuki and Marco Invernizzi have created multiple ways for people to reach out and help this family financially.

Isao Omachi and Shinji Suzuki at Sakfu-ten

Isao Omachi and Shinji Suzuki at Sakfu-ten

Bill has created this flyer and we are asking all of the bonsai and suiseki clubs to please download and distribute.  You can find the flyer at this URL.  You can also join the Facebook group here.

What follows is the bulk of the info located within the flyer.  We urge you to be compassionate and to donate.

Isao Omachi Relief Fund

Award winning bonsai artist Isao Omachi is one of the rising starts of the Japanese bonsai world. He lives with his wife, two young daughters and parents near Sendai, Japan, in Iwate Prefecture. On March 11, 2011 the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan swept away Omachi’s home, bonsai garden and entire town. Fortunately, the Omachi family ran away and escaped the tsunami. They are fine, homeless and without anything. Isao Omachi’s bonsai garden had numerous fine-quality bonsai specimens he has created. His father has been working on four masterpiece juniper bonsai for nearly 30 years. These were considered his retirement fund after spending his life in the shadow of the big bonsai movement in Japan.
Contributions should be sent to:

The Omachi Relief Fund
P.O. Box 22
Yorklyn, DE 19736 U SA
Contributions are not tax deductible

Isao Omachi has made several trips to the United States helping his friend Shinji Suzuki teaching bonsai. In 2003 they traveled to Rochester, New York and taught at the “Collected Bonsai II Symposium” and the following day conducted a workshop and demonstration for the Bonsai Society of Upstate New York. Mr. Omachi has also been a presenter at a Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention in California. Additionally, Mr. Omachi has presented bonsai demonstrations in Puerto Rico, Italy and France. Marco Invernizzi from Italy has established the Omachi Relief Fund to assist the Omachi family. Please join me along with others from around the world to give financial support to the Omachi family. William N. Valavanis

Other Ways to Send Funds

Please help the Omachi Family and their village:
PayPal info:
Omachifund@aol.com

SHINJI SUZUKI just opened another bank account in Japan for donations:
HACHIJUNI BANK
OBUSE BRANCH
Acc.number:252 210566
(SWIFT NO.) HABKJPJT
(ACCOUNT NAME) GANBARE ISAO OMACHI

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