Here is a smiling manga Maneki Neko by artist Nina Matsumoto (aka SpaceCoyote), who donated her talent to raise funds for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. You can see results from her “Smiles for Japan” commissions project here: 100 Smiles for Japan
Nina’s fundraiser is finished, but you can still help Japan recover from the devastating March 11, 2011 quake and its aftermath by donating to organizations such as:
Japanese Red Cross – You can donate through your national Red Cross Society (eg. US, Canada, UK Red Cross are working with and fund-raising for the Japanese Red Cross), or you can donate directly to the Japanese Red Cross
American Red Cross – response to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Canadian Red Cross – Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami relief
Japan Society Earthquake Fund (a US non-profit organization, donating to four nonprofit organizations in Japan)
Or support some of the creative projects that are donating proceeds to Japan earthquake relief:
Quake Book (official title is 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake – currently available as a Kindle ebook -proceeds to Japanese Red Cross)
Quakebook is perhaps the first anthology created through Twitter networking. In just over a week, a group of unpaid professional and citizen journalists who met on Twitter created the book to raise money for Japanese Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. In addition to essays, artwork and photographs submitted by people around the world, including people who endured the disaster and journalists who covered it, 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake contains a piece by Yoko Ono, and work created specifically for the book by authors William Gibson, Barry Eisler and Jake Adelstein. See the Quakebook blog for more info and updates.
Songs for Japan -itunes download (a compilation of hit songs by various artists -proceeds going to benefit Japan Relief)
Songs for Japan – CD (avilable from Amazon -proceeds to benefit Japan Relief)
New Rising Sun: stories for Japan (anthology being created by volunteer creative writers, editors, etc. from around the world –proceeds will go to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake Relief)
Etsy artists for Japan -many artists and craftspeople selling their work on Etsy are donating part or all of proceeds from the sale of certain items to help victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. See Etsy’s “Thinking of Japan” blog post for more info and links to artists and their work.
There are also many individuals and community groups who have been holding fund-raising events to help Japan (for example, Ganbare Japan! a benefit concert April 19 in Vancouver, Canada). Check with local newspapers and community organizations for details about what’s happening in your community. If we hear of more events and projects still in progress and open to a wider audience, we’ll add the links here.
Note: the image above right is the Quakebook logo, which seems the perfect symbol of the way people (within Japan and around the world) are coming together and reaching out to help the survivors of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
“…the discipline and strength of the survivors are inspiring the world.” – David Suzuki