How to help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)


Oakland, Calif.
We Are One Island: Japan Relief Concert and Auction
Saturday, April 23

The One Island Productions and Oakland Asian Cultural Center present “WE ARE ONE ISLAND” at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), 388 9th St., Suite 290 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the silent auction. Price of admission is on a sliding scale of $15 to $25. All ages are welcome. The evening will honor and remember those lost in the tsunami. Kara Tsuboi of the Oakland Athletics will emcee the event; the Oakland Buddhist Church will begin with a traditional ceremony. Marina Fukushima (Kunst-Stoff), Purple Moon Dance Project, Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto and Brian Mitsuhiro Wong, Michael Sasaki, Maze Daiko, RyuQ Murakami Daiko, Asian Crisis, Sushi Cal Band, Dirty Boots, and hip-hop/spoken word artist Colin “Senbei” Ehara will perform. The silent auction will feature local Asian Pacific Islanders artists’ work. All proceeds will go directly toward the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California’s Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Info: call (510) 637-0455, visit or e-mail

Sebastopol, Calif.
Benefit for Japan
Saturday, April 23

The Enmanji Buddhist Temple and Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League will hold an Italian dinner benefit for the relief and recovery efforts in Japan. “The Pasta King” / Art Ibleto will provide the dinner. There will be live music, a silent auction and a bake sale. Donations will be accepted at the door. Make checks out to the Enmanji Buddhist Temple. Proceeds from the dinner will be distributed through the Buddhist Churches of America and Direct Relief International. The dinner will be at the Memorial Hall at Enmanji Temple, 1200 Gravenstein Hwy, from 3 to 7 p.m. Info: (707) 823-2252.

Woodside, Calif.
Play For Japan USA
Friday, April 29

A small group of working Japanese mothers will hold a Northeastern Japan benefit relief concert featuring violinist Anne Akiko Meyers at the Woodside High School’s Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave. at 8 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross, Give2Asia and the Japan Center for international Exchange. Ticket prices start at $35 and may be purchased at

Mountain View, Calif.
Run For Japan USA
Sunday, May 1

Run For Japan USA features a 3.5 kilometer Fun Walk and an 8 km Fun Run in order to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami relief. The race is accepting registrations and donations up until May 1. The race will start at the Shoreline Park at 8:30 a.m. Runners of all ages are welcome. Food and drinks will be offered for runners. There will also be raffle prizes. Registration costs $30 for the run, and $20 for the walk. Children ages 12 and under may register for the walk for $10. All net proceeds will go toward providing humanitarian aid through Project HOPE and their Japanese Disaster Relief Fund.



For additional coverage of the ongoing crisis in Northeastern Japan and more information on ways to help the relief efforts, visit

For tips on determining which charitable funds to consider supporting, visit the Better Business Bureau’s Standards for Charity Accountability online at, or call (703) 276-0100.


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