Friend of the Council Stephen Bloom, CEO of the Portland Japanese Garden, recently helped return to Tohoku parts of torii gates that were damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Two kasagi (crossbeams) of torii gates at a shrine in Hachinohe, Aomori, washed ashore on the coast of Oregon two years after the disaster. The Portland Japanese Garden and other supporters returned the kasagi to Japan in late 2015, and earlier this month, a ceremony was held in Hachinohe to rededicate them to the shrine. Click here to read a Facebook post about the ceremony, courtesy of the U.S. Consulate General in Sapporo. The journey of the kasagiis also detailed in this article by the U.S. Embassy in Japan.