Keep an Eye out for Edmonton’s Edo Japan Elves + Giveaway

With November coming to an end, I find my holiday season starting to ramp up with events and all sorts of craziness, but I love December anyways because of this super amazing energy that everyone has as they start getting ready for the holidays. While I would advocate for giving of time and yourself throughout the entire year, I know a lot of people (including myself) need that nudge the holidays provide to remember to give and be kind to others. And on that note, I would like to share with y’all an initiative coming from Edo Japan.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Edo Japan, you can generally find them preparing Japanese Teppan-style cooking in food courts and suburban shopping centres. Edo Japan was a staple of my university days and I haven’t had it in years but when I think back to the late nights at school, those memories are filled with Edo Japan noodles (and lots of sauce) and finance textbooks…

What Edo Japan is doing is sending Edo Japan Elves out and about in the Edmonton area to provide random acts of kindness between Nov 28 – Dec 21. The Edo Japan Elves will be surprising Edmontonians by performing good deeds all around the city in hopes of making the holidays a little brighter!

I like the idea of just being surprised by an elf (please not from behind though!) offering to help me scrape the ice off my windshield (I have short arms – it’s a real process for me) or carrying a super heavy shopping bag, but if you’re on the hunt for one of the Elves and what they’re up to, you can find them on twitter @edo_japan (#EdoElf) or facebook. I hope many of you will run into an Elf and then pay that kindness forward over the month (and beyond) – I know I will definitely try. 🙂

In addition to the Edo Elves, Edo Japan is also going to be donating $5 for every $25 gift card sold to local food banks. They are hoping to raise more that $15,000 for food banks across Canada, which I think it a great thing. I think food banks are an important resource for people and I believe in supporting them as much as I can, so this campaign is quite near and dear to my own heart.

Giveaway (Contest Closed)

In the spirit of giving, Edo Japan is hooking me up with a $25 gift card to give away to one of my readers. The rules are as follows:

  • Mandatory Entry: Leave me a comment about an act of kindness (random or otherwise) you have performed or received. Please include a valid email as that is how I will be getting in touch with you.
  • Bonus Entries:
  • +1 Follow me on twitter @Argenplath (leave me your twitter handle in your comment)
  • +1 Tweet about the giveaway (tag @Argenplath, @Edo_Japan and include this link: – you can do this daily (max one tweet entry/day)
  • Contest Ends: December 10 @ 6pm MST

Disclosure: I was contacted by Edo Japan’s PR company asking me to share the Edo Elf campaign. I have not been paid (monetarily or otherwise) and all opinions remain my own. 


4 thoughts on “Keep an Eye out for Edmonton’s Edo Japan Elves + Giveaway

  1. I think this is a great idea and thanks for sharing it with your readers!

    A random act of kindness I witnessed (but did not perform) was over this past weekend. My partner and I were driving home from his grandpa’s 80th surprise birthday when we saw this poor girl in distress. She was standing beside her car waving her hand in the air as we watched the two cars ahead of us roll right on by. The woman was stuck in the winter wonderland we are currently living in. Before I could even utter the words that we needed to help her, my partner was at the back of her car assuming the mighty hulk position. He didn’t even have a winter jacket on and yet he never doubted to help a stranger in need. This must have caught the attention of other drivers because 2 other people stopped to help push her out. I of course offered to assist but was instructed to wait in the car. After 15 minutes or so she finally was on her merry way. 🙂 HoHoHo!!!


  2. kindness to me can be shown through very easy actions. I think that when I see a younger youth or adult get up off a seat on public transit for an elderly person, that is kindness as unfortunatly these days most do not. Or something as nice a gentlemen getting up to let a lady like me sit down cause I have a very full bag of school books.Acts of kindness can be everywhere if you open your eyes 🙂


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