This Blog will follow my friend Mike as he rides his bike down the California coast. He will be stopping along the way to talk with people about Japan, about those affected by the earthquake on March 11, and what we can do to help.
He will be looking for smiles, stories, and well… whatever else people will share with families still suffering and in need of hope.
Our “goal” is to remind people of the facts, open discussion about the California-Japan connection, and show the Japanese people that we still care. We hope to accomplish this as Mike makes friends on his ride and I post content online.
All of the pictures, stories, and video Mike takes on the road will be posted here. Our hope is that the people of Japan will see our smiling faces, hear our encouraging stories, and look out over the ocean with a new sense of optimism rather than uncertainty and fear.
Before and after Mike hits the road we will be posting updates, stories of hope, reflections on our cultures, coasts, and whatever else we can squeeze relevance out of! We are very excited to learn more and we want to share what we learn with you. Check back in late May for more content!
Our vision for this project is collaboration! Our hope is that you would like to somehow involve yourself. Feel free to contact us if you would like to develop this idea, illustrate, write, participate, offer Mike a backyard to pitch his tent, or join in the ride!
We are still trying to figure out the exact dates but it looks like Mike will be riding in early June. Until then, please check back in as the idea grows.
Thanks for reading and we look forward to getting to know you.
May you always be close to someone who cares.