Otagaisama: We help each other

I’m not an expert on Japanese culture and customs, but as I observe what’s happening in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, I am confident that the country and its people will eventually recover and rebuild their lives because of one key concept and way of life that is deeply embedded in the Japanese spirit: “Otagaisama” (helping […]

How to help the survivors (a partial list)

San Francisco Music For Japan Saturday, April 30 There will be a charity concert for Japan performed by various bands at the West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore St. #200, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Maestro JT, a local musician from Haiti, developed this event to unite Haitians and persons of Japanese descent with regard […]

Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Sister City ties and calls for relief

CUPERTINO, Calif. — The 28th annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival honoring the Sister City relationship with Toyokawa, Japan will be held Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Park on Stevens Creek Boulevard across from De Anza College. In 1983, a delegation from Toyokawa, Japan visited […]

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 […]

Ways you can help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

  International Hope Letters is an initiative to collect online letters directed toward communities that have been affected by the devastation in Northeastern Japan. As of April 11, 1,000 letters in both English and Japanese have been published online through this effort to convey hope and support to those in Japan. According to the Website, […]

2 more ways to help Japan

We’re almost a month out from the devastating events in Japan and I still feel a little weird talking about something as lightweight as food. But you probably don’t come to this blog for Japan relief updates, so this week I’m compromising with this quick post on two more opportunities to help, and a full-length […]

Ways to help the survivors (a partial list)

  San Francisco   Rainbow World Fund Saturday, April 9 to Thursday, April 14 The Rainbow World Fund (RWF) established the LGBT Japan Earthquake Fund and is launching a series of events to support relief efforts for the survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The RWF has designated April 9-14 as […]

NJAHS honors those who made ‘transformative’ contributions

The National Japanese American Historical Society’s (NJAHS) mission statement has changed since it began in 1981. In celebrating its 30th anniversary, NJAHS honored both the people it says have transformed the Japanese American cultural landscape, as well as the transformations the organization itself has experienced during the last three decades. NJAHS originated with a mission […]

Ways you can help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

United States Bakesale for Japan Saturday, April 2 A number of professional and amateur bakers, cooks, artists, artisans, and musicians from around the nation, and in Toronto, will offer their Bakesale for Japan event, featuring baked goods by professional and amateur bakers alike. The bake sale, which takes place Saturday, April 2, aims to raise […]

San Jose’s Japantown raises $50,000 in days

SAN JOSE — The Japantown Communty Congress of San Jose (JCCsj) raised $31,101 in 30 minutes at a vigil held March 17, in front of the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin in San Jose’s Japantown for survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit Northern Japan. Additional funds were raised the following day, […]

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