On April 8, the International Network for Mutual Help—an international aid organization based in the Overseas Department—held its annual charity bazaar on the department’s premises. Among other activities, the organization collects and provides information on international aid in cooperation with the department’s overseas mission facilities and various Tenrikyo groups engaged in relief efforts. The organization’s recent activities include contributions to disaster relief in affected areas. The charity bazaar aims to support such activities.
This year, visitors began to line up more than two hours prior to opening. As soon as the venue was opened at 11:00 a.m., the crowd packed the venue, and a long line formed at the checkout counter.
In the outdoor space were several food booths offering international specialties such as churrasco (Brazilian grilled beef). Some members of Tenrikyo Boys and Girls Association Headquarters set up a game booth for children, while Tenri Elementary School’s dance team “Smile Grapes” gave a lively dance performance in front of the visitors.
The proceeds from the bazaar, amounting to 231,908 yen, were added to the network’s funds and will be used for future international support activities.