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The Christmas spirit that keeps on giving, year after year

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Every December, Hiromi Tanaka’s home is transformed into something like Santa Claus’ workshop.

The 37-year-old homemaker in Kodaira, western Tokyo, sorts and wraps piles of hand-made toys for children around the nation.

The project, called Chiku Chiku-kai, started in 2011, when she donated hand-sewn felt toys to nursery schools in the Tohoku region devastated by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Tanaka was swamped with offers for help after she solicited volunteers on her blog and social media. Many people who immediately signed up wanted to go to the affected areas to assist those in........

© The Asahi Shimbun