The 2018 Obon Festival at the Ekoji Buddhist temple in Fairfax VA will be July 14 from 3-9pm. JRM will be displaying its street car ttrak layout at the festival and maybe a maglev surprise! The event has been extended two hours earlier starting at 3pm now. This is a very fun event with Bon Odori dancing, Taiko drum and martial arts demonstrations, Japanese product vendors, and great Japanese food! The event is free and the food is excellent and very reasonably priced, but get in line early as the crowds can make for long lines later in the day. Great event with a lot of children. Come and enjoy the event and bring along a tram to run!
Message From the President
Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Disaster - Update
Ten days after the earthquake and tsunamis struck Japan, the situation is grim but improving. Railroads have been opened to Morioka (in the heart of Iwate) from the west and north, making it much easier to get supplies into the stricken area. Lines of communication and supplies are beginning to reach isolated evacuation centers and groups of survivors. Acute shortages of food, gasoline, and kerosene have been alleviated in many areas. Along with the bad news, we are seeing some reports of good news -- families reunited, survivors miraculously found inside collapsed buildings nine days after the tsunamis, hospital patients safely moved to hospitals outside the disaster area.