NYC Groups Raise Awareness of Fukushima Plight

Love Save Japan, a group of local Japanese artists, teamed with Bond and Justice, a Japanese NPO on the ground in the recovery process in Fukushima, for a fundraiser in Times Square last week. The area’s hottest graffiti artists and DJs converged on the high-traffic tourist spot to raise money for children in Fukushima who have been affected by the nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as a result of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

While high-profile DJs spun tunes, artists created live paintings and the crowd danced to the beat. Volunteers from the New York Japanese American Lions Club collected donations, one hundred percent of which will go directly to Japan relief efforts.

Love Save Japan, DJ Hard Hittin Harry, Fukushima, 3.11, 3/11, Times Square, NYC, Japan disaster, fundraiser

Crowd surrounds Love Save Japan's tent in Times Square on July 1

Love Save Japan, DJ Hard Hittin Harry, Fukushima, 3.11, 3/11, Times Square, NYC, Japan disaster, fundraiser

Artist Pesu with NY Japanese American Lions Club volunteers

Love Save Japan, DJ Hard Hittin Harry, Fukushima, 3.11, 3/11, Times Square, NYC, Japan disaster, fundraiser

Mariko Osanai of Love Saves Japan

Love Save Japan, DJ Hard Hittin Harry, Fukushima, 3.11, 3/11, Times Square, NYC, Japan disaster, fundraiser

A volunteer collects donations for the NY Japanese American Lions Club

Love Save Japan, DJ Hard Hittin Harry, Fukushima, 3.11, 3/11, Times Square, NYC, Japan disaster, fundraiser

This artist chose skin as her canvas

To see more pictures from the fundraiser, check out JapanCulture•NYC’s Flickr set here.

Love Save Japan is also present a special photography exhibition at The Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO to raise awareness of the ongoing crisis in Northeastern Japan. Bond and Justice: Evacuation Zone Fukushima is Monday, July 9 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Click here for details.