The inaugural Tokyo Hotaru festival was held last weekend. And kicking off the festivities were an impressive display of 100,000 LED lights – made to resemble hotaru (fireflies) – that floated down the Sumida River through central Tokyo. Dubbed “prayer stars,” the LEDs were provided by Panasonic, who claims that the balls, which were designed to light up upon contact with water, were 100% powered by solar energy. After illuminating a large stretch of the river, which also hosts a popular fireworks festival in the summer, the LEDs were all caught in a large net. Continue reading 100,000 LED lights down the Sumida River, Japan
The joint project between Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi and the rock band Linkin Park has been very successful: 19,000 US dollars have been raised for the one-off helmet with which Kobayashi raced at the finale of the 2011 season in Sao Paulo.
The revenue from the online auction goes to the Japanese aid through the internationally renowned charity organisation “Music for Relief”, initiated by Linkin Park.
The idea was sparked by an encounter Kobayashi had with the band in September in Singapore. Joe Hahn, producer and band member of Linkin Park, personally designed the unique helmet.
Since 2005, “Music for Relief” has raised more than $5m for disaster victims and environmental projects. Of this, $700,000 dollars alone have been donated to Japan to help it deal with the consequences of the disasters that struck on 11th March last year.
José Parlá and KAWS. Two kindred spirits catapulted from the underground to the contemporary art world, still gaining international acclaim every passing year. Although, the work is vastly different, each man possesses a distinct visual language and an evolving maturation. Despite the polar influences, there’s one city they both call home – Brooklyn. Having recently exhibited in Los Angeles – José Parlá showing at OHWOW while KAWS was exhibiting at Honor Fraser- both artists experienced a homerun of sorts on the West Coast, but are happy to be back at headquarters in New York. We visited Parla’s Fort Greene studio to overhear the boys wax poetics on their roots, gardening, and the good ‘ol days. [Moderated by Jauretsi Saizarbitoria]
Continue reading A Conversation with Kaws and José Parlá
After a little hiatus, my favourite blogger Heidi Woan posted a new blog post on Monday! If you wanna see the most mouth-watering pictures in the world and the egg of the last dinosaur left on earth, Melontus Saurus, you should head over there NOW!
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Honoring the six month anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeastern coast of Japan, Linkin Park visits children affected by the disaster in Ishinomaki, accompanied by international children’s agency Save the Children.
Within days following the disaster, Linkin Park launched a massive fundraising campaign through Music for Relief, with all proceeds going to Save the Children’s relief and recovery efforts in Japan.
Six months later, Linkin Park was on the ground in the north-eastern town of Ishinomaki to witness first-hand how children are coping, and see how Save the Children’s efforts are making a difference in the recovery process.
Continue reading Linkin Park & Music for Relief Visit Children in Disaster-Hit Areas of Japan
WESTPORT, Conn. (September 12, 2011) — Ty Warner, CEO of toy manufacturing giant Ty Inc. travelled to Sendai, Japan — a city devastated by the March earthquake and tsunami — on a visit hosted by international humanitarian organization Save the Children, to see how children are coping six months after the disaster.
In April, Mr. Warner donated $1 million to Save the Children’s relief efforts in Japan. Following the earthquake, Save the Children set up child friendly spaces in evacuation centers, providing children a chance to unwind and play with their friends in a safe environment and helping them recover from the stress and anxiety of the disaster. Save the Children also provided school materials to more than 3,000 children and supported school cafeterias that fed some 20,000 children.
Save the Children plans to support 65 centers in Fukushima, Iwate, and Miyagi prefectures, offering day care services and after-school activities with financial, material and technical assistance.
Mr. Warner created special Beanie Babies® to help relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. While in Sendai, Warner visited two gakudos, or after school centers, where he hand delivered HOPE FOR JAPAN™ Beanie Boos™ to children.
“I was deeply moved by the disaster in Japan and plan to visit the Sendai area to meet the children who have endured so much,” said Mr. Warner ahead of his visit. “While tremendous progress has been made in the Miyagi Prefecture, there is still so much to be done. I hope my visits to the area bring ongoing attention to this critical cause and bring joy to the families who have suffered. I am committed to helping this great nation recover and move forward.”
Save the Children has committed to a five-year plan to help children in affected areas return to normal life, support educational opportunities, restore community ties and promote the participation of children in the reconstruction process.