Origami, Nami, and Wakame join forces to help Japan's Tsunami survivors

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Eat sushi, help earthquake victims
​CNN and BBC switched their 24-hour coverage from Japan earthquake to Libya last week, but the hardship for survivors is far from over. Behind the news coverage of the nuclear crisis in Fukushima are hundreds of families in evacuation shelters, as well as farmers and business owners who will never be able to run their lives like they used to. Even if we don't see it on TV, thousands are still living in shelters and lack access to basic needs like food, heat and running water.

To help the survivors of Japan earthquake and tsunami, Origami, Origami West, Wakame, and Nami have joined forces to raise money for the relief effort.

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Good cause tastes delicious
​Origami in downtown Minneapolis and Origami West in Minnetonka have created a new roll called Tohoku Roll (after the hard-hit northern region of Japan). The $10 roll has slices of albacore tuna and avocado outside, shrimp tempura and cucumber inside, and is dotted with spicy Japanese mayonnaise. For every roll sold, the restaurants will donate $5 to the Red Cross for charity organization's relief fund. In less than a week Origami downtown alone has sold 150 Tohoku rolls to benefit the Japanese earthquake relief.

Chef Hide at Nami is showing his support also with his own version of Tohoku Roll. Nami is donating $5 for every roll sold as well.

Wakame is joining the effort with their Sendai Roll, named after the major city that was hit by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake. The eight-piece roll also has shrimp tempura and cucumber inside and super white tuna and avocado outside, with spicy mayo and sweet eel sauce drizzeled on top. Priced at $10, half of the amount will be donated to the Red Cross.


30 N 1st St., Minneapolis
Minnetonka (Ridgedale Mall)
12305 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka
952.746.3398; website (for both)

3070 Excelsior Blvd. #206, Minneapolis
612.886.2428; website

251 First Ave N., Minneapolis
612.333.1999; website

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