Jordan Donates Children Books To “Tono Children’s Book Forest” in Iwate Prefecture

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February 27th, 2021

The city of Tono in Iwate Prefecture plans to open this children’s library with support from internationally renowned architect Tadao Ando to mark the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake that shook the Tohoku area in March 2011*.

The 6-book illustrated series of “Anzeh Azeeza” written by Karen Asfour, and the illustrated novel telling the inspiring story of Jordanian mountaineer MOSTAFA Salameh “Everest Adventure: Fulfilling The Dream” were donated to “Tono Children’s Book Forest”. The library is scheduled to open in July, 2021.

World renowned architect Tadao Ando is collaborating with Iwate city to build children’s library marking earthquake anniversary.*

*The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900.

A call for all Jordanian children book authors who wish to donate their works to “Tono Children’s Book Forest”, please contact us at this email address:

[email protected]

Full article on “Tono Children’s Book Forest”:


Illustrations below by:

– Sandra Dajani (MEXT Scholarship alumna from Tamabi University in Tokyo)

– Natalie Hijazi

– Ely Elziny









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-Ely Elziny