Akira Tana and Otonowa – Commemerating the 5th Anniversary of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

20160108_MG_2235_TanaEns**_3x6Upcoming 3.11 related events/performances for

AKIRA TANA AND OTONOWA to commemorate 5th
Anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami disaster.


3/11 Savanna Jazz in San Carlos (8pm)

1189 Laurel St., San Carlos savannajazz.com

3/12 “Tohoku Springs Back!: A Fundraiser Celebrating 5 Years of
Positive Change in Tohoku, Japan” (7pm)

At Bower Center, Berkeley 2150 Allston Way
$75 General/$50 UCB students via Center for Japanese
Studies http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cjs/
featuring guest vocalist SAKI KONO


3/13 Café Pink House in Saratoga (6pm)

14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga cafepinkhouse.com
Limited seating, reservation recommended. $15 

Donations will be accepted for the continuing rebuilding efforts.

OTONOWA is: Masaru Koga, Ken Okada, and Art Hirahara
photo: Andy Nozaka

Hello Artists From the Heart!

We’re getting excited about our big weekend event coming up:  “Artists From the Heart”.  It’s in a few days!  A favor to ask (if you haven’t done so already): do you know how to post this event on Facebook (“wall”, a “note”, and/ or an “event”?).  If you do please help us generate a community buzz.  As all the artists participants create the buzz together, we’ll all benefit:

– a larger audience, more tickets sold

– more artwork, jewelry, and arts & crafts sold

– more sushi sold (yes- the Nikkei team at the senior center is “rolling” for the “Cause”!)

– more aide to the Japan for healing.

Robert & Nancy


United States of Asian America Festival Presented by Eth-Noh-Tec & Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
Sat. May 21, 5:00 pm- 10:00 pm
Nihonmachi Terrace
1615 Sutter Street, Japan-Town San Francisco
Entry (sliding scale donation): $5- $100
Proceeds go to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund
Contact: 415-282-8705; or www.ethnohtec.org

Come to an afternoon and evening of Performances, Food and an Arts Marketplace to both honor the Asian Heritage Month of May and to raise funds for the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund sponsored by Eth-Noh-Tec and APICC featuring:

Leon Sun: photography
Nancy Hom: visual arts
Pam Wu: knitted scarves & sweaters
Ellen Bepp: clothing, mix media
Anna Wong: silk scarves
Rich Tokeshi, Holly Calica, Sabrena Taylor: silkscreen art
Masaki Mimoto: hand made scarves & jewelry
Sandy Wong: baby quilts, fabric activity books
Leslie Yee Murata: Jewelry
Kiyomi Koide: ceramics
Pamela Ybanez: artwork
and more…

FOOD: Sushi by Nihonmachi Terrace Food Team

EXHIBIT: Tibetan Memorial Quilts on display 5 pm

SHOW: 7 pm
Sushi Cal Band: Wes Ueunten and the Neo-Traditional Okinawan Folk Band.
Karma Intertwined: Tsering Wangmo, Leon Sun, Nancy Hom, Bonnie Kwong
GAPA Men’s Chorus: Pan-Asian, Multi-lingual Harmonies
Eth-Noh-Tec Storytellers: Pan-Asian-American Kinetic Story Theater

Gaga For Japan

Lady Gaga continues to be the highest profile foreign artist promoting relief efforts for the Japanese earthquake/tsunami.

Friday April 22, 2011

Pollstar http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/archive/2011/04/22/765057.aspx

In addition to designing and selling a special wristband that has raised $1.5 million and contributing a cut to the “Songs for Japan” charity album, the singer has signed on to perform at the June 25 MTV Japan benefit show for the Japanese Red Cross at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, located just outside of Tokyo.

The show is titled the MTV Video Music Aid Japan and serves as both the culmination of the network’s Music of Hope campaign and the 10th annual MTV Japan Video Music Awards.
This year’s show will be hosted by the 48-member girl idol collective AKB48.

MTV has said that Music of Hope was “designed to inspire and rally young people to contribute time or funds to recovery and rebuilding efforts, featuring inspirational music videos, live performances, artist interviews, exclusive news and stories about artists and young people who have been impacted by the disaster.”

It will be broadcast live over MTV networks in Japan, South Korea, China and Southeast Asia.
It will also be reduced to a one-hour program that will be shown on other MTV channels throughout the world.

Yoshi’s Japan Relief Benefit T-Shirt

We hope you will join together with Yoshi’s to raise money for Japan in their monumental time of need, with a goal of raising money to aid in the rebuilding of cities, towns, farms, and helping individual growers, farmers, producers and fishermen. 100% of net proceeds from the sale of this tee will go to the American Red Cross.