Cash given for Japan’s orphans

Kyoko and Akinobu  Kishi are presented with a �240 cheque for their Japaneses orphan fund by Jo Smith..
Kyoko and Akinobu Kishi are presented with a �240 cheque for their Japaneses orphan fund by Jo Smith..

A SCARBOROUGH shiatsu teacher has handed over the proceeds of a charity day which raised money for the orphans of the Japanese Tsunami.

Jo Smith, of Scarborough-based York Shiatsu, offered classes in alternative health-giving treatments including meditation and therapeutic laughter at an event at Beiderbecke’s earlier this month.

She presented the £240 she raised to her teacher of 12 years Akinobu Kishi and his wife Kyoko, who set up the fund, when they met in Aberdeen.

Jo said: “They were very touched. Donations have been raised by their students around Europe and they would like to thank those who donated to the fund in Scarborough.

“Kyoko spoke of the devastation that is still visible from the disaster as it is such a massive job to clear.

“In particular, she commented on the problems with the nuclear plant and believes we should not have nuclear power in our world.”

Jo specialises in Seiki Shiatsu and hopes to begin classes in Scarborough shortly.

She added: “I want to pass on some of this wonderful practice.

“There are plans for setting up a health and wellbeing centre in Scarborough which will provide a lovely space to offer this.”