My efforts toward the earthquake relief in Japan

My dearest RB family,

I have been quiet lately. As many may remember I’ve been going through difficult ordeals the past year or so. But on top of that I have also been very busy with work lately, often needing to work on weekends even. But right now I have a bit of space to breath.

It was during this really busy period that the devastating earthquake in Japan occurred. While I haven’t been commenting much lately, I have been following the journals that have been going around, and I have always wanted to do something to help. Now I’m feeling more inspired.

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As of today, I am vouching to contribute my earnings from RedBubble and Zazzle to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund organized by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, or to other fund raising organizations. It may not be awhile until I get my next payment from RedBubble or Zazzle, so for the time being I’m donating out of my own pockets, and the amount, I estimate, will be at least 50% of what I earn. For sales on this t-shirt however, which I am also selling on Zazzle , I will be donating 100% of the proceeds.

I would, however, encourage anyone who can to donate directly to the earthquake relief funds; one of the best places being the Japanese Red Cross Society as the money goes directly to Japan aid; donations can be made through Google . Going through the Canadian Red Cross, for example, it may take time for the money to get to Japan, as well fees may get deducted from the donations – I don’t know for sure though, although for those who find it more convenient to donate to their local charities, I would encourage it nonetheless.

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As I only earn about 20-40% of the sales I make, while the rest of the money goes to RedBubble or Zazzle, I would encourage a direct donation to the fundraisers that send all its money directly to Japan. But if you are planning to buy artwork anyways, or have a voucher, by all means it would make me happy.

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For other works by other RedBubble members who are donating their royalties towards the Japan crises, check out my group Art 4 Japan
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Update: April 12th 2011
Zazzle’s japan relief store is now closed – all the royalties made there are now on its way to Japan. I will however continue donating royalties from my own store to Japan relief funds.

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This journal maybe updated overtime. While many people on RedBubble may already be aware of a lot of things I mention today, I do sometimes get visitors outside of RedBubble, and therefore I hope this journal spreads the word further.

My mother is Japanese, and I have relatives who live in Japan. Thankfully, so far, their areas have not been affected, though I do feel for those who live in the affected areas. Japan is a beautiful country close to my heart, and is the second greatest contributor to foreign aid (or so I have read recently).

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I do have hope that with our help, Japan can make a great recovery, and sooner. They have, after all, managed to repair greatly damaged roads in just SIX days. But even with their productive work ethics, it is difficult to move forward, to rebuild the cities and accommodate the people, without the funding. I really would like to go back ‘home’ to Japan one day and when I do, I hope it will be beautiful again.

Thank you for reading.

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Upcoming events:
Onigiri (Japanese rice ball) sale at UofT
The banner and t-shirt design was done by me. I am also selling the t-shirt here on Redbubble, as well as on Zazzle . For this product, I will be donating 100% of the royalty I earn.

Another onigiri sale event on May 4th. Details here

Onigiri and Bon-Odori
August 15, 2011

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