Japan Disaster / Updated: Relief Charity Events

We Support Japan Campaign LogoApril 28 (Thursday) 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cabrillo Arts Pavillion, 1118 East Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.

Fundraiser for tunami damage to Toba, Santa Barbara’s sister city in Japan

Sponsored by The Santa Barbara – Toba Sister City Organization, (805) 964-7559, wakita@cox.net

Toba suffered $24 million in losses to their oyster and seaweed (nori) farms during the tsunami.

Check may be made payable to Toba Tsunami Relief c/o Oysters and Pearls, 10 Fairwood Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.


April 30 (Saturday) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, 505 East Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Korean / Japanese Family Event – Japan Earthquake Mini-Concert

Sponsored by Japan Korea Society

Video screening of Japan disaster

Music by Hitoshi Suzuki, cello, and Alice Park, flute

Talk show with Sanae Chan

Japan Korea Society, 17556 Van Buren Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647  (714) 465-2112   www.jksociety.org


April 30 (Saturday) 5 – 8 pm

Left Coast Galleries, 12324 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Turning art into hope: An evening for Japan

Art auction fundraiser for Mercy Corps

Sponsored by The Art Spotter www.TheArtSpotter.com

Lindsay@TheArtSpotter.com   (805) 265-0259

Artists and vendors who have already donated art for the event:

Fumiko Amano, Marion Wesson, Olivier Pojzman, Helen Berger, Hannah Freed, Emma O’Rourke, Cassandra Tondro, Ruth Ellingson, Stephen Schubert, Elana Kundell, Todd Kass, Andy Anh Ha, Anja Van Herle, Kio Griffith, Dos Gallos


TUB Japan Disaster Program Banner

Los Angeles’ Japan Korea Society which has been conducting fundraising for Japan disaster sent a fact-finding mission to Tohoku area in Japan early April.

Prior to launching their second pledge drive for two rescue non-governmental-organizations in Sendai, the Japanese language programming broadcaster UTB will air special program “Front line of the disaster site” on Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 pm and Sunday, May 1 at 10:00 pm on channel 18.2

“Front line of the disaster site” will feature these two rescue organizations in Sendai area in Miyagi prefecture.

The trailers of “Front line of the disaster site” are following:


May 1 (Sunday) 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Maryknoll Japanese Church (St. Francis Xavier Chapel) 222 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Charity Show for Japan Relief Fund

Japanese entertainments including taiko, song, music, play, karate and more.

Admission is $10. Donation is accepted.

Check may be payable to 2011 Japan Relief Fund. All admission and donation will go to relief organizations in Japan through the Japan America Society.


May 1 (Sunday) 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Centenary United Methodist Church, 300 South Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Meeting with Tina Tajima of Tokyo on her relief efforts for East Japan disaster

Tina Tajima is visiting Los Angeles to update people in Los Angeles and share plans for continuing her relief efforts. Questions and answer session.


April 14 through May 5 (Thursday)

Korean Town Galleria at Main (2nd) floor, 3250 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fundraiser Art Exhibition

30 paintings by renowned artists around the world are displaying for sale for raising relief fund to Japan. All proceeds will be donated to support the victims affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The painting are donated by Mr. Justin Kim, founder of Modern Art Gallery in Los Angeles.

For details, call Korean Town Galleria at (323) 733-6000 or email info@koreatowngalleria.com


May 10 (Tuesday) 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Terasaki Foundation Laboratory Building, 11570 Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Nibei Foundation / Japan Study Club: Japan Disaster First-hand experiences

Speaker: UCLA’s Dr. Fujiwara who volunteered to work as medical staff in the disaster areas in Japan.

Admission $10 per person including dinner

For reservation, call the Nibei Foundation at (310) 479-6101 ext 134 or email japanstudies@nibei.org


May 14 (Saturday) 4:00 pm opening

Orange County Buddhist Church, 909 South Dale Ave, Anaheim

The Best of Grateful Crane – A Benefit Show for Japan Relief

For the past ten years, the Grateful Crane Ensemble, a non-profit theater group based in Los Angeles, has been presenting educational and theatrical programs in appreciation for the unique hardships and inspiring contributions of Japanese Americans in the U.S. history.

This is an opportunity for entertaining look back at ten years of Grateful Crane.

Donation: $50. 100% of ticket proceeds will benefit the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, which has raised nearly $1.6 million for non-profit and community service organizations in Japan that have been providing citizen relief efforts for those most in need.

For tickets and information, call the Grateful Crane ticket line at (310) 995-5841.


May 21 (Saturday) 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center, 4640 North Maine Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

Raagas in Reflection, a Fundraiser for East Japan Earthquake Tsunami Relief

Hindustani Classical Music and Bhajans by Mala Ramadorai and Koshin Taiko

Presented by Bengali Association of Southern California

Suggested donation: $10 or more

Contact: Deep Ghosh (949) 939-2748, Meera Ganguly (949) 374-4390, Toshiyuki Okai (949) 466-2759 or email toshiyuki.okai@tcs.com


May 28 (Saturday) 4:00 pm

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Noguchi Plaza in Little Tokyo

Earthquake/Tsunami Relief for Japan Benefit Concert

Hosted by the Asia America Symphony Association

In light of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Asia America Symphony Association is hosting a concert on May 28th at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center to benefit the victims of this tragedy.

The Asia America Symphony Orchestra and Asia America Youth Orchestra will be joined by musical director, David Benoit, along with numerous guest soloists who have passionately volunteered their time and talents in order to participate in this momentous occasion.

Performers include: Master of Ceremonies David Ono of ABC7 Eyewitness News, David Benoit, Asia America Symphony Orchestra, Asia America Youth Orchestra, Keiko Matsui, Mindy Abair, Jeff Kashiwa, East-West Players, Grateful Crane Ensemble

Venue: JACCC Plaza, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 628-2725, http://jaccc.org/aasabenefit.php, $50, $35, $15 *Service fee applicable


June 9 (Thursday) 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Bransdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

For Japan, We’re United

1) Report from Japan.  2) Earthquake preparedness lecture. 3) Musical performance. 4) Reception and benefit auction.

All the proceeds go to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund created by the Japan America Society.

Organized by Keiko Mori, (213) 446-9210, keiko@musicstudio-f.org


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