Otonowa, the acclaimed ensemble led by jazz drummer Akira Tana will be heading to Japan to perform at several benefit concerts supporting the recover efforts in the Tohoku region.
The Otonowa tour schedule:
26th 7-11:30 pm Satin Doll, Roppongi, Tokyo
27th evening Tono, Iwate @NPO遠野、岩手
28th 10-2:30 Otsuchi, Iwate@NPO大槌、岩手// Evening Kesennuma Shimin Kaikan Chu Hall, Miyagi気仙沼市民会館中ホール、宮城
29th 1 – 9pm Tokiwagi Gakuen HS, Sendai, MIyagi常盤木学園高校・仙台、宮城
30th day/eve Ishinomaki Chuo Kouminkan, Miyagi 石巻中央公民館、宮城
For more information contact Akira Tana at:
Exhibition and Reception on October 27th & 28th, 2012
The Senninbari Project is working to help rebuild lives. Senninbari means “Thousand Person Stitches”. The Japanese believe that a garment sewn by many people becomes an amulet, protecting the wearer from danger and clothing them in prayers. The goal of the Senninbari project is to form a sewing collective for these women. The hope is to exhibit the pieces sewn sharing the resilience of the women of Tohoku during this hard time. Items will also be created the will be for sale. For more about them, visit www.senninbari.com/
I was honored to be invited to a special luncheon today hosted by Give2Asia http://www.give2asia.org in San Francisco. 4 NGOs from the Tohoku area were invited to share their experiences in the rebuild and relief effort in the areas affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant failure.
It was heartwarming to hear their stories and their challenges. Yet their commitment showed the strength and resiliency of the Japanese people.
Still one of the messages rang clear: many felt uncertainty in regards to their future and that part of their (NGOs) mission is to give hope to the people who had lost loved ones, their homes, jobs, and any sense of normalcy. There are still over 300,000 people living in temporary housing. The population in some of the towns have decreased to 70% as people, especially the young, moved out to find jobs in Tokyo and other areas. The once vibrant fishing industry in Ishinomaki is now non-existant. Acres and acres of farmland are ruined as agriculture in certain areas has been abandoned.
Many outsiders fear traveling to the region due to the radiation contamination from the Fukushima power plants. The long term economic impact is yet to be realized.
It is my hope that on my trip to the Tohoku area, I can bring a sense of support and hope to the people. As one of the executives from the Give2Asia said, “working in the nonprofit sector to help the rebuild and relief effort, you have to be an optimist”. Bringing a sense of hope to the people, that by working together, there will be a better tomorrow.
Today was such an emotional, moving experience. Thank you Gillian Ira Yeoh and Give2Asia. I look forward to meeting some of the NGOs in Japan next week.
Run for Japan race registration, Sunday Feb 19, 2012 at Sports Basement, Sunnyvale.
ARTS NPO AID is a structure that i would really like to recommend. They are less immediate than humanitarian organizations but their work have been appreciated by people in north east of Japan. Some people told me that they were glad that I told them about the non profit organization . When we look at the website and read the content, we may have the impressions that they only help artists and art NPO. But their point is to help local art structures and artists so they can help the others to regain expression through art. Their work is financing and providing the actual needs of the people and assisting to rebuild a stronger local communities. When people apply to get help from ARTS NPO AID, the first step is that they arrange a visit .Once they arrive to the applicants homes or work space, they discuss with the people to find a way to assist them concretely . But even before the actual help, people appreciate their visit because they feel considered and cared for. Sometimes this is already a big help. They interview some people to bridge their voices to out side world. They are working in longer term actions as they know that reconstruction needs communication. Because outside help is essential, they are attempting to share the feelings, thoughts and actions of people from Tohoku. Please check their website. http://anpoap.org/en/
Hiroshima at Yoshi’s Oakland
The Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association is having a concert fund-raiser at Yoshi’s Oakland with the band Hiroshima. The net proceeds from ticket and CD sales will be donated to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern CA (JCCCNC) for Northern Japan Earthquake Relief.
Tickets are limited so reserve your spot for SUNDAY, MAY 29th (6pm “meet & greet the band”/7pm concert)
$40 for tickets
CD’s Legacy or Under the Stars $20 each/Christmas CD $15″
Unite for Japan
Helping Japan with thei earthquake and tsunami relief effort
Stars Unite for Japan’s Earthquake Relief Effort (PSA part 1)
The Unite for Japan PSA will run on TV Japan at 12:05 and 5:05pm (EST) on Saturday, May 14th.
I came back from Ishinomaki on Friday. I believe you saw my pics and knew already, but what I felt was they still need a LOT of help for a LONG time. Its been about 2 month since quake, however nothing is settled yet. Some area is still covered by water because of land subsidence and lots of people are still living at shelter. Some of stores started their business, but lots of people lost their cars and money so its hard to go to shopping anyway. But I was very surprised that the local people help each other. Some people give away their extra clothes, extra dishes, extra blancket etc.
They are having such a hard time, but they are very kind to others. I realized that Japan is such a beautiful country!
I decided to stay here one more week and go back to Ishinomaki again. Im happy to be there again.
Lisa Barkenhagen, currently living in Mexico, went back to Ishinomaki City to help with the relief efforts.