Artwork for Japan

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Right now, a lot of people are still coming together to help Japan. I’m very glad. Watching people unite and get through the tragedy has been inspiring. It easily could have been soul-crushingly sad, but people want to keep hope and push through to succeed and keep moving, and they should. I admire them.

The above piece is something I created to sell in order to raise more money for Japan tsunami relief. It is currently on sale here at Etsy. Funds from the sale of this piece will go to the Tennessee Tomodachi Fund, founded by the Japan-America Society of Tennessee in response to the recent events. I’m spreading the word because I just want to do as much as I can, when help is needed most. I’ve felt particularly powerless lately, but that shouldn’t stop me or anyone else.

(I’m also selling another piece right now, the funds from which may or may not go to a similar charity, but will go to a charity.)

As for the other related art projects I’ve had my eye on…

Art for Japan‘s first batch of artwork just went up auction! It has a lot of wonderful submissions, the sale of which will benefit AmeriCares Japan relief.

Aftershock will be releasing a charity book soon! My above artwork will appear in it in a slightly altered form

CFSL is going to print a charity book later this year.

Please, everyone, keep your hearts open, and send your power to the places that need it!

Nashville Cherry Blossom Japan Relief Event 2011

Yay!

The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival became the Nashville Cherry Blossom Japan Relief Event! In light of recent events, many vendors offered to put part or all of their proceeds towards relief efforts in Japan, and there were many ways to donate.

 

The only foreign consulate here in Tennessee is one for Japan, and we’re proud to have it!

Saturday happened to be a very cold and somewhat rainy day. I only got to go to the event for a couple hours and didn’t get to see many performances (I had been really hoping to see taiko), but I saw that so many people showed up! The event was a great success, as also noted on its Facebook page. By the way, I suggest you check that out, as many people have posted photos there that are better than what I was able to get (though nonetheless I will fill this post up with my pics!). I was happy to have been there! So nice!

I didn’t get many photos (I need to get better at this whole photography thing), but I think the ones I did get capture the spirit of the event. For example…




Cherry blossoms!

Anime fans!

Gatherings!

People in kimono!


Adorable robotic baby seals?!

Performances!

And friends!

I’m glad that we could all come together to help and celebrate Japan, and Japan’s connection to Tennessee! I hope it’s nice and sunny next year.

(I made this sand garden, too! I was feeling out of it, so it's kind of boring.)