A little more than a week after a successful daylong fundraiser in Times Square, Love Save Japan moved to Brooklyn for a photography exhibit sponsored by the New York Japanese American Lions Club at the Powerhouse Arena, a spacious concrete-and-glass bookstore/gallery/event space in DUMBO.
DJ Hard Hittin Harry provided the music while guests viewed photos from the July 1 fundraiser and scenes from Fukushima provided by Bond and Justice, a Japanese NPO that has been providing meals and supplies to disaster-stricken areas since shortly after March 11, 2011.
Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky), managing editor of Origin Magazine, emceed the event, introducing special guests Yutaka Takiura, a New York-based architect with Architecture for Humanity; Riki Ito, President of the New York Japanese American Lions Club; singer Emi Meyer; singer Kiyotaka “Ki-yo” Kurihara, a native of Sendai who gave an impassioned speech before his performance; and Mariko Osanai, whose idea for Love Save Japan launched the bags and T-shirts sold at J. Crew. The speeches where emotional at times, but hopeful in the sense that many in the New York area are committed to helping Northeastern Japan recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami, as well as the ongoing nuclear crisis.
Throughout the evening, artists Pesu – who designed the Love Save Japan logo – and Shiro did live painting, creating inspiring works from blank sheets of white paper.
Through the collaborative efforts of Love Save Japan and the New York Japanese American Lions Club there will be more fundraisers focused on Fukushima. Stay tuned to JapanCulture•NYC.