Today, Sanrio.com and participating Sanrio Boutique Stores will donate 100% of net proceeds to American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief efforts.

Go here  to shop online or here to find a participating Sanrio Boutique Store near you. The Day of Donation takes place during store hours at participating Sanrio Boutique Stores and 12am PST – 11pm PST at Sanrio.com

Supreme Japan Benefit T-Shirt

Supreme does its part to aid the victim’s of the recent Japan tsunami disaster with its own benefit T-shirt. The design follows Supreme iconic box logo scheme with a rising sun backdrop and special message on the backside reading “Japan Earthquake Relief, March 2011, United We Stand”. The shirt will go on sale April 8 through both US stores and online, while Japan will see a release on April 9, 2011.

The musicians of Brooklyn’s Local Correspondents community (LC), a community for indie artists put an album together to support the relief efforts in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami. 100% of the proceeds raised will benefit the relief efforts of The American Red Cross. workisnotajob. contributed the artwork for this album and we hope you’ll get your digital copy and consider a donation today: http://localcorrespondents.bandcamp.com/album/songs-for-japan

Thank you very much!

110316-F-NW653-444 by Official U.S. Air Force on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Members of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron (STS) exit a U.S. Air Force MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft at Matsushima Air Base, Japan, March 16, 2011. Members of the 320th STS from Kadena Air Base, Japan, deployed to Sendai Airport to help clear the runway and make it ready for fixed-wing aircraft traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)


This tee shirt was created in collaboration with Hiroshi Fujiwara and Fragment Design in order to support the Japan disaster relief efforts. A majority of the proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross. Orders will start shipping on Wednesday, March 23rd. Please visit Stussy.com to view the feature and visit the Limited Edition section to preview or purchase the tees. One World, One Love, One Heart!!!

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Dancers (and former Harajuku Girls) Jenny Kita (“Angel)” and Rino Nakasone-Razalan (“Music”) talk about how we can all help Japan.

If you’re in LA, go to Lucky Strike Lanes at LA Live tonight. Proceeds will go directly to the Sendai Relief Fund or you can donate at http://www.riversideca.gov/sendairelief/

100% of donated funds will go directly to the City of Sendai for them to use for their recovery needs.

CSR in the works at Gilt.com

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, the CEO and Founder of Gilt.com just announced through Facebook that “Gilt Groupe is planning on a sale where all the proceeds go directly to benefit people in Japan who have suffered as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.” They’re even asking for people to share ideas! 

What’s even more amazing is the fact that they are currently matching up contributions members make up to 20k. Click here to donate to support relief efforts in Japan. 

There’s no question about her efforts to inspire people, more specifically, women, in business. My only question is, what else is this entrepreneur doing?! 

Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Alexandra speaks five languages. She is involved in a number of not for profits including: Dress for Success, Pro Mujer, Endeavor Global, Robin Hood Foundation, the New York Junior League and El Museo del Barrio. She is also an active fundraiser for her alma maters The Brearley School, Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University. Alexandra is an official mentor for Tech Stars and an unofficial mentor for many budding entrepreneurs.

Uniqlo Donates $25.6 Million to Japanese Red Cross

One of my favorite brands, Uniqlo, has donated $25.6 million to the Japanese Red Cross to help those impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, Time reports.

President of Fast Retailing and Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai will donate $12.2 million from his own pocket and another $4.9 million will be taken from the company itself. The brand will also send $8.6 million-worth of clothing — including jeans, coats, towels and 300,000 pairs of its Heattech thermal underwear, Time writes.

This is definitely a step in the right direction and I commend Tadashi Yanai for his swift action. We can talk about the devastation and relief-efforts all we want, but nothing will improve until the dollars start showing up where they’re needed the most; in the trenches.

There aren't enough hours in the day

Haven’t really had the time to be on tumblr cause schoolwork and preparations for JSA have been sucking the life-force out of me.

Along with preparing for Japan Night, JSA (Japanese Student Association) is also in the midst of planning different fundraisers for the relief efforts in Japan. Considering I’m on the executive board of JSA, I have been super busy trying to make sure everything runs smoothly.I hope people contribute to the cause!

However, there is so much to be thankful for and I remind myself of that everyday.

I don’t know what could be better motivator to get me out of this week’s jogging draught. Nike+ is joining up with a couple of companies that will donate money when you go jogging and log in with Nike+. To start you just make a small donation to the Red Cross and then get jogging! I’m not sure when this particular charity race starts (I’m assuming April?) but keep your eyes peeled. 

I am a huge fan of Nike+ and if you’re already using this program or you’re thinking of starting, I really recommend it. 

Compilation of music from worldwide artists donated to help raise awareness and money for the Japan Red Cross in support of the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Northern Japan.

Over 40 international artists have donated music for the Nihon Kizuna compilation in aid of the Japan disaster relief effort. Nihon Kizuna, or 日本絆 in Japanese roughly translates as ‘bond of friendship with Japan’.

Don Leisure (UK) – Trio of Desserts *
Darkhouse Family (UK) – Lemon Drizzle (Fat City Records) *
Onra (FR) – High Hopes (All City Records) **
Kode 9 (UK) – 9 Samurai (Hyperdub Records) **
Om Unit (UK) – Lavender (All City Records) **
Paul White (UK) – Grimy Light (One Handed Music) **
Ernest Gonzales (US) – Beneath The Surface (FoF/Exponential) *
Kper (IT/FR) – Chotto *
Tatsuki (JP) – Mirror In Bologna (Original Cultures) *
Memory 9 (IT) – Shinzen Variations (Soundcrash Music) **
Himuro Yoshiteru (JP) – Missing Links *
Danny Drive Thru (UK) – Prescience (Fat City Records) *
Rudi Zygadlo (UK) – Perdu (Planet Mu) *
Mus.sck (US) – Happiness Is The Best Face Lift (Car Crash Set/Daly City) *
Broken Haze (JP) – Move Forward (Raid System) *
BD1982 (US/JP) – Aluminium Riddim (Seclusiasis/Diskotopia) *
Nightwave (UK) – Hokusai Dream *
Paper Tiger (UK) – Lunar Notes (Jus Like Music) *
Kid Kanevil (UK) – One For Tokyo (One World Records / Ninja Tune) *
Sesped (VE) – Too High To Drive (Jus Like Music) *
2phast (IT) – JapaN *
Kuedo (UK) – Zap (Planet Mu) *
Primus Luta & Lonesome D (US) – Lockdown (Concrete Sound System) *
Takuma Kanaiwa (US) – Senpo World (Concrete Sound System) *
Jay Scarlett – The Rising Sun *
Elliott Yorke (UK) – Wormhole Squirm (Five Easy Pieces) *
B-Ju (GE) – Philly Run (Mux Mool remix) (Error Broadcast) **
Yosi Horikawa (JP) – Passion (Eklektik Records) *
Ido Tavori (UK) – Haunted Top Hats *
Kan Sano (JP) – Bless (Circulations) *
Daisuke Tanabe (JP) – Artificial Sweetener (Circulations) **
Super Smoky Soul ft. Guilty Simpson (JP/US) – Knockout Kings (Circulations) **
Audace (FR/JP) – Indestructible Soul (Inductive) *
The Electric ft. Yarah Bravo (UK) – Beautiful (Memory9 remix) (Organically Grown Sounds) **
Scrimshire ft. Inga Lill Aker (UK) – Warm Sound **
Pete Sasqwax (UK) – Aggro A Go Go *
Emika (UK) – Count Backwards (Ninja Tune) *
Eccy (JP) – EFH (Slye/Milk) *
XLII (UA/JP) – Standuptall Nippon (Raid System) *
Throwing Snow (UK) – The Luck Without (A Future Without) *
Jono McLeery (UK) – Garden (Ninja Tune) **
Fink (UK) – See It All (Ninja Tune) *
Virtual Boy (US/FR) – Thrust (Turnsteak remix) *

*exclusive to compilation
** previously released

More information at www.nihonkizuna.com.

All proceeds donated to Japan Red Cross

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