Onigiri - For Japan Earthquake Relief Fund by Mui-Ling Teh

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Thank you to everyone who has helped raise funds for Japan earthquake tsunami relief efforts

As some may remember from this journal I have begun donating proceeds from sales of my works to Japan earthquake relief funds. I have also included information in that journal on ways we can help Japan directly. Several updates have occurred since:

Zazzle’s japan relief store has now closed; it has raised over $10,000. Japan still needs help however, and I am going to continue contributing my earnings to Japan relief. All items that I donated to Zazzle’s Japan relief store, are now back in my own store, and sales I make there and on RB for any item, I will be donating towards Japan relief funds.

As stated in my journal, I don’t really have a set figure of how much of my sales I am donating; I had planned to donate out of my own pockets in the meantime, and I estimated that would be about 50% of my earnings. So far I have made a donation to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund organized by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre donating an amount greater than the earnings I’ve made since the time I posted the journal (as stated in my journal, I only get about 20-40% of the sales I make while the rest of the money goes to RedBubble or Zazzle). I am however expecting payment from both Redbubble and Zazzle during the next payment periods; and while most of the sales are from prior to the earthquake, I am planning to donate about 50% of those payments on top of the donation I have made.

This t-shirt was one I designed for the onigiri sale I spoke of weeks ago. The event was inspired by two Japanese exchange students who had success raising funds by selling rice balls earlier in March 2011. For those who can read Japanese, you can check out their blog here

The group of Japanese mothers who organized the latest onigiri sale event also had thoughts about selling the t-shirts to raise funds, but they were not very sure where to begin; and with other events to organize, they haven’t really had the time to commit to it. So for the time being I’m selling the design here on Redbubble, and will be donating 100% of the sales made on this shirt to Japan relief funds. Although I may not expect it to be much, even with a few sales, if they are going to be worn, at the least it would help spread the word…

“Onigiri (? or ?; ??), also known as omusubi (?; ????) or rice ball, is a Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or oval shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed). Traditionally, an onigiri is filled with pickled ume (umeboshi), salted salmon, katsuobushi, kombu, tarako, or any other salty or sour ingredient as a natural preservative.”

Source: Wikipedia

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  • Ms.Serena Boedewig
    Ms.Serena Boed...almost 4 years ago

  • :) :)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    This is a very cute shirt, Mui-Ling. I feel so badly for the people of Japan. I am hearing that it will be 2012 before those reactors will be under control. What you are doing is very kind and compassionate. ♥

  • Thank you Lori. I don’t usually upload designs like these and I’ve been putting it off for a while. My mom today however was telling me some survivor stories today which were very… depressing… And that has made me feel inclined to put that shirt up. There is not as much news going on about Japan these days, but there is no doubt they still need help. As my mom has friends directly associated with the affected areas, we sometimes hear about things that don’t always come up in the news. The story I heard today was so sad that it actually put me in a bad mood; so much that I don’t feel like retelling it. But of course it’s so much worse for those who are carrying the burden.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • 73553
    73553almost 4 years ago

    haha kawaii

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Cheryl!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 4 years ago

    Aloha wahini

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    UntamedDreameralmost 4 years ago

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  • Kyoko Beaumont
    Kyoko Beaumontalmost 4 years ago

    かわいーっ!!:) :)

  • きょうこさん、ありがとう!またやっていますよ。


    – Mui-Ling Teh

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    Midori Furzealmost 4 years ago


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    Judi Rustagealmost 4 years ago

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