Knoxville's sister city, Muroran City in Japan, was rocked by an earthquake that hit the country's northernmost main island of Hokkaido Thursday local time.
Muroran City in Japan has been Knoxville's sister city for 27 years. Muroran City Mayor Aoyama and nine delegates attended the 5th Annual Knox Asian Festival on Aug. 26 to celebrate the sister city relationship, according to Knox Asian Festival Executive Director Kumi Alderman.
After they went back to home, an earthquake hit Hokkaido on Sept. 6. They lost power and experienced food shortages. But, according to Alderman, power has been restored and food supplies are being shipped in from other Japanese cities.
Although Muroran City is recovering, Knox Asian Festival would like to show that Knoxville cares by raising funds for the people of Muroran.
The festival director said it will send 100 percent of all donations to Muroran City with your name and messages.
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