As the anniversary approaches of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan, March 11th a year ago, GREALL (Graduate Students of East Asian Languages and Literatures) had a series of used Japanese book sale in Hagerty Hall. Working in collaboration with Heart Bridge Ohio, a volunteer organization of Japanese women in Columbus-Dublin area, GREALL members offered many reading treasures to OSU community to raise relief funds.
In the picture are three Japanese 102 students, Emily Collins, Jessica Swigert, and Cody Valentine, browsing the temporary book "store" in the DEALL office. Emily bought "just fourteen" manga books last time, and has her heart set on a box of more manga books this time. Cody said that he uses the manga books he got to practice on learning to read. "They help on hiragana reading, and eventually, kanji reading, too," he said. In the background are GREALL members, Eric Christensen and Kanako Yao. Christensen, GREALL president, said that they have raised more than $1,000 in the furuhon-ichi (used book sale). Proceeds of the book sale will be send to Japan through the American Red Cross.