Japanese ‘Get Well’ wishes to America

20 Mar

A nineteen-year-old young American man named Christian Schmidt who lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA was recently diagnosed with a severe form of cancer.

He has been receiving extensive, painful chemotherapy treatments nearly everyday for hours at a time. Due to the treatments, he has lost all of his hair…so his mother made a local request of her neighbors for donations of hats for her son Christian.

It must have been a surprise to her when she received hats from all over America. But I bet it was a real surprise for her to receive one from Japan!

Christian Schmidt’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama has a sister city of 千葉県、習志野市 (Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, Japan), and the mayor of 千葉県、習志野市 (Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, Japan) found out about Christian Schmidt’s situation and decided to send him a hat from the Narashino High School baseball team (who are set to play in Japan’s National High School Baseball Championship Tournament for the first time in over three decades).

Along with the hat, 千葉県、習志野市 (Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, Japan) sent Christian 千羽鶴 (1000 Origami Cranes)…which is a Japanese traditional “Get Well” wish.

8 Responses to “Japanese ‘Get Well’ wishes to America”

  1. j March 25, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    i want some origami!


    • tokyo5 March 25, 2009 at 11:15 am #


      I can mail that to you.


  2. Tom March 21, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    That’s a really cool gesture for the Chibans to do.


    • tokyo5 March 22, 2009 at 2:23 am #

      “Chibans”. That’s a term I’ve never heard before.


  3. cuteandcurls March 21, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    That must have really touched Christian’s heart to know that his request reached all the way across the oceans to Japan. I think what the Mayor of Narashino & the people of Narashino have done are very beautiful and caring. I bet the baseball team are looking forward to this tournament after 30 years! I hope they do well!


    • tokyo5 March 21, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

      Yeah, I bet he was surprised.

      I hope he recovers from the cancer. And I hope he can pay a visit to Narashino, Japan one day.


  4. matt March 21, 2009 at 8:39 am #

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).


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