Letters From Survivors

From our care letter creation page: “If you would like to create the possibility of a reply from people who receive your socks, include your contact info, which recipients can use to respond later if they would like. No guarantee on that, of course, and any replies will probably arrive months or possibly more than a year later.”

To our great surprise, many survivors have already reached out to donors with emails, paper letters, and even occasional phone calls. This is the page to collect them.

Did you receive a reply from somebody who received your socks and letter from us? If so, please share it here — and don’t fix the English if it’s rough. Rough English is part of the charm, and a fact of life in Japan. Keeping it rough is keeping it real.

If you received an email in Japanese and don’t know what it means, copy it into a comment below and our team of enchanting language elves led by Makiko Oku — of care letter creation page fame — will magically transform it into English for you.

If you just want to read the joy that this global effort has created in Japan’s disaster zone, browse through the comments below. When small gestures make a big impact, we should all sit up and bask in the glow of our human family at its finest.

Happy sharing!


  1. Elana
    Posted April 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    I was very touched to receive this email. This was in my inbox June of 2011:

    “Hello. Received a warm socks. I get happy tears … thank you. Japan still must
    work hard. Going to overcome the hardships together. Thank you very much.

    ありがとうございましたm(_ _)m”

  2. Posted August 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    These are such great stories. I am so sorry that we forgot to put our email on our letters. Never mind. It IS a small world and I still believe I will meet or hear from someone, one day, who received our socks. I really do!
    Thank you for keeping in touch, Jason.

  3. Sarah DuVal
    Posted July 14, 2011 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    I received the following wonderful gift of an email today:

    Dear Sarah

    Thank you for your thoughtful present!
    I got it about three weeks ago from my daughter’s elementary school.

    My daughter(Miu), her friends,other students and I were very glad.
    These socks are my daughter’s favorite. She often wears them to school.
    Some furniture and many dishes in our house were damaged in the earthquake.
    But Tsunami stoped to within 100m of my house. We were lucky.
    Many student’s house near the coast and river were destroied in Tsumani.
    We were disappointed!
    But you made us happy!!
    I wish to express my appreciation.
    Thank you!! sincerely,

    Shukuko(祝子) and Miu(美羽)

  4. Bonnie
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi. I received an email from a recipient of the socks that my girl scout troop collected. Thank you, Socks for Japan, for all of your hard work!
    Hello. Nice to meet you.
    My name is Reina.
    I live in Onagawa town in Miyagi Japan.
    My family received the disaster on March 11.
    I lived in the close vicinity of the sea.The house has collapsed by the tsunami.
    It was lucky, and the family who lived together was safe.However, the grandfather is missing still.

    Socks were gotten on June 4.
    Volunteer’s people brought it.
    Volunteer’s name is “socks for Japan”.
    I was glad because in Miyagi Prefecture, there was still a cold day, too.
    And, it was impressed by the geniality of people in the world.
    I can meet you through “Socks for Japan” and is happy.

    Thank you very very mach 🙂

    • Posted June 19, 2011 at 2:38 am | Permalink

      I can’t recall Reina specifically, but I remember the day well because it’s when we distributed our 100,000th pair of socks. How wonderful that she’s happy to have met you through Socks for Japan and is “impressed by the geniality of the people in the world.” So am I.

    • Posted August 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      Guess what, Bonnie? I’m pretty sure we figured out who your Reina is and, amazingly, she’s the one to whom I gave a Rolling Stones CD on our last Phase I distribution! Can you believe that? Read about her here.

      • Bonnie
        Posted August 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

        Jason, that is fabulous that you got to meet her twice and have a picture posted of her. It sure makes the world seem smaller when things like this happen. School starts this week and our girl scout troop will be meeting soon. I’m thrilled to be able to tell them about Reina and show her picture. It makes their effort more “real” to actually know about a survivor and recipient of our socks.

        Thank you again for your efforts. You truly are a blessing.

        • Posted August 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

          Thank you and the scouts for helping. If you can, please take a photo of them looking at Reina’s photo. Send it along or post it at our Facebook page, and I’ll see if we can get it to her this autumn!

  5. Elizabeth Wilson
    Posted June 6, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I received this email several weeks ago.I would like for Naoko to know that I was honored to help.

    Hello, I’m Naoko Tojima, I live in Japan, Miyagi pref.

    I reseived yours heart-warming gift & prayers, Thankyou.

    I will use this socks & I thank you from the bottom of my
    heart for your kindness.

    With Love.

    For Mrs.Wilson’s Developmental Life Skills Class

    From Naoko Tojima & famillies

  6. Wendy
    Posted June 6, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    It brings tears to my eyes reading the thank you letters and blessed be you who have donated both socks, and time and energy and prayers..my heart is with you all and with so many others dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters……..When it all gets a bit too grim, I try to find something that will bring a smile to my face and remind me that living in the present, with wonderful new future dreams, is a good place to be……

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