Charity events for Japan

Even though Japan is no longer making headlines (with the exception of a few over-sensationalized updates on Fukushima Daiichi), the disasters in Japan still weigh heavily on my mind and heart. I am, however, comforted by the multiple charity events that are going on all over the world. I thought I would recognize the individuals who are making an effort to help out and to bring your attention to events in the future.

My friend did a 72-hour Pokémon gaming marathon this weekend with proceeds going to Mercy Corps.

Blogger La Carmina has been busy and recently posted up photos of the various L.A. events she attended, including one at Q Pop shop.

That isn’t it for L.A. though. There’s a city-wide bake sale on April 2 to benefit Peace Winds Japan. Check out this page if you think you’ve got the skills to make “high-end” pastries. If you prefer eating to baking, hit up one of the restaurants listed here and a portion of your bill with go towards earthquake/tsunami relief.

New York restaurants are doing the same by donating 5% of profits to the Red Cross. Click here for a list of participating restaurants. Also, mark your calendars for Japan Society’s Concert for Japan on April 9. The 12-hour event features performances by New York Suwa Taiko Association, Ryuichi Sakamoto, echostream, and many more. A complete schedule and ticket information can be found at the Japan Society website.

Texas has a few concerts as well. The first is hosted by the University of North Texas in Denton on March 28, featuring Jisoo (Grace) Kim, Alyse Hashi, Eri Yoshimura, and Yoshiko Shamoto. Proceeds will go to American Red Cross. You can get your tickets here. Romantic Tchaikovsky by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra runs from March 31 to April 3, and a portion of ticket sales with go to aid the citizens of Sendai, Dallas’ friendship city. Van Cliburn gold medalist Olga Kern will play the piano. Lastly, Texas Christian University will host a free benefit concert in the PepsiCo Recital Hall (2800 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129) on April 7 at 5 PM. Call the music office at 817-257-7602 for more information.

Over in the U.K., Helping Hands for Japan, which already had one fundraiser at Oxford Town Hall, is hosting an event on April 9 and 10 at Marlborough School in Woodstock. There will be taiko performances, swordsmanship demos, workshops, and Japanese food.

If you’re a bit short on money, here are some alternative ways to help encourage the people in need. Hope Letters is seeking inspirational messages for Japanese students, emergency works, or the general public. They also need help translating. If you’re better at expressing yourself through art, then send your drawings to Japan Ganbare. Finally, cosplayers from all across the globe can show their support to the country that helped popularize their hobby at Prayers for Cosplayers.

Updated March 30, 2011 3:31 PM
Taylor Anderson’s high school has set up the Taylor Anderson ’04 Memorial Gift Fund. The money will be used to rebuild the schools in Ishinomaki she taught at.

If you’re a RENThead like me and you live near Pasadena, a group of Broadway stars, including Adam Pascal, Gwen Stewart, and Yuka Takara of RENT fame, will be performing in Rebuild Japan: A Benefit Concert on April 4. It’s at the Pasadena Playhouse and will be benefiting American Red Cross.

Listening to: “Sorairo Days” by Shoko Nakagawa

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