Date Archives April 7, 2011

Josh Duhamel x Tokidoki Relief Run 3-27-11

The worst disasters can also bring out the best in people.  In the days and weeks following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, all walks of life converged into one. All  identity labels disappeared save for one: Japanese.  Unrest was unheard of as the strong nation started to gather up the pieces and to rebuild together.

But this unity was not an isolated case. The whole world came together to Japan’s aid in many forms.  For many – especially Californians -  Japan is more than just where sushi comes from and what they’ve read in their text books. It is a strong source of cultural influence and a home to family and friends. Art would not be the same and neither would Hollywood.

Thus, Transformers actor Josh Duhamel teamed up with Tokidoki to put together a relief run in Santa Monica on March 27th, 2011.  Both parties spread the word through social media and television spots and  over four thousand people showed up despite the rainy start to the day. To top it off, it stopped raining about half an hour before the run. Success!

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#prayforjapan at Japan LA 3-17-11

Japan is a source of inspiration that has  captured the imaginations of artists for centuries.   One can safely say that art would not have been the same without Japanese influence (really who would want to look at Van Gogh’s paintings if they were all like his early dreary ones?).

Its pull has only become stronger in modern times as technology furthers the evolution of artistic expression. It seems appropriate enough that artists would roll up their sleeves and give back to the country that acts as their muse.  In just a few days, there were many events across the globe that sought to bring artists together to create amazing shows of solidarity.

I attended the opening night of the #prayforjapan art fundraiser event at JapanLA; a trendy “pop culture” shop in Los Angeles.   The show was curated by Caro of Sweet Streets and organized by Bubble Punch. All of the sales and donations went to the Red Cross to help with the Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims.

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