Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fundraising Events

Everyone needs a break from the constant news coverage on occasion. For those of you in unaffected areas, we highly encourage you to stay informed and aware of any changes to safety recommendations, but don’t drive yourself crazy obsessing over implausible worst case scenarios. In the next few weeks, there are many events going on that will get you out of your house and raise money for a good cause. We’ll continue to update our list as more events get added to the calendar.

In addition, if you want to plan your own fundraising event but don’t know where to start, this list may give you a few ideas.

Organizing/Attending an event that others might be interested in? Let us know at and we’ll add you to the list.

5toSurvive – International

For current 5toSurvive information, please check your local run.
Scarborough (UK) (link to come)
Ottowa (Canada) (link to come)
Ohio (link to come)

3,000 Letters For Japan – International

No matter where you are, you can get out your markers and stickers and decorate a short letter to send to children in the areas affected by the earthquake. For details, see the fb page:

Jammies For Japan – International

Join relief efforts for Japan’s earthquake & tsunami survivors without even getting dressed! Organize or join a Jammies for Japan day on Friday, April 8, 2011, raise $1 per person, and help ShelterBox ease the living conditions for the roughly half million displaced survivors in Japan’s Tohoku region. For help organizing your own Jammies for Japan day, see the facebook page:, For more information about ShelterBox: http://tinyurl/JammiesforJapan-Shelterbox


Tokyo Yamathon
Saturday, April 9th · 6:15am
Yoyogi Park (2mins walk from Harajuku Station)


Pub Quiz for Tohoku:
Friday, March 25 · 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Tin’s Hall (Tennoji / Osakaabenobashi Station)

Kansai Cares- Food, Supply, and Money Drive for Tohoku Earthquake Victims:
Tuesday, March 29 at 8:00pm – April 2 at 4:00am
Locations around Shinsaibashi
(From Tuesday, March 29th through April 1st, volunteers will be stationed between Wax and Kama Sutra to accept material donations from the hours of 8 to 11 pm. Cinquecento is also accepting donations now and during the hours the AJET table is not in …operation. In addition, on April 1st, there will be a charity Bar Night at participating bars around Osaka).

Charity Eikaiwa
Saturday, March 26 · 2:00-4:00
Clover in Yagi (Yamato-Yagi Station)

Info on Donation Drive Pick-Ups, etc. in Nara

Kumamoto AJET
Can Up for Japan
April 9th in conjunction with the annual pub quiz.

Charity Fashion Show
Where: CIC Building, directly in front of Toyama Station (Central exit)
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Date: June 18th, 2011

Charity Show
Where: Wing Wing Takaoka, directly in front of Takaoka Station (North exit)
Time: 1pm & 6pm
Date: July 1-2

Live Concert
6.30pm, April 9th Copper Ravens – a short walk from Beppu Station (See map below)
Cost: 2000 yen/general admission – 1500 yen/students
Entry includes 1 drink
Proceeds will be shared between NPO Mintsuna and the Red Cross.
Bands include:
The Routes
Willie Wahlin
Musy Tone
If anyone needs any info, or directions you can call Dai on 090-6892-2606.
Facebook page:!/event.php?eid=

Map to Copper Ravens:
Directions: Go down Ekimae Dori, the road down from the station. Where
you hit the Daily Yamazaki Conveni, turn right into the covered shopping
mall. Go straight passed two road crossings (within the mall) and maybe
a small alley about 100 yards from the end, and its there on the left
near an opening space where something has obviously been removed. Very
close to Hit Parade and Takegawara Onsen.

Live performances, fundraising contests, food and bizarres. Sunday, April 10 · 10:00am – 2:00pm
Shisa Elementary School Gym
More information on the Matsuura Fundraiser Planning facebook page.

Charity Open Mic

April 15th 9PM-11PM
APRE (Katamachi, Kanazawa city)
Sign-ups for performers start at 8:30PM and everyone is welcome to perform, whether they are from Ishikawa or not. Native Japanese performers are also welcome.
Donations collected at the event will be matched by an anonymous donor, up to 100,000 yen!!


Give a Day for Japan

JETAA UK – Edinburgh
Karaoke Evening
Friday 18th March from 8pm-1am: Argyle Bar, Edinburgh
Karaoke evening in aid of the earthquake and tsunami victims. Entry is £2/£4(non-members).

Cakes for Japan
Saturday 26th March from 11am-3pm: Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh
If you’d like to do something worthwhile to support the rescue efforts… please eat cake!

Sunday 27th March from 6pm: Tangs Restaurant, Edinburgh
JETAA AGM and Fundraising meeting

Fix Japan
Sunday 10th April: Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Comedy Fundraising Event. More information to follow.

JETAA – Northern California
Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund
Sponsered by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, this relief fund goes directly towards citizen relief efforts in most affeced areas.

Earthquake Relief Fundraiser
March 23rd, 6pm to 8pm – O! Izakaya
A community fundraising event in the upstairs mezzanine of O! Izakaya, located in the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown. 100% of the donations will go to the JETAA USA Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

JETAA New York
Xaverian High School Concert for Japan
March 31st, 7pm – Xaverian High School in Brooklyn.
Mr. Joseph Loposky, Director of Music at Xaverian has announced a benefit concert taking place at the school. Admission is $10 per person. A clothing drive has also be organised in cooperation with Catholic Relief Services. If you would like to participate, please drop off any garments for donation at the concert. Coinciding with our event, will be another in Japan organised by Anthony Bianchi ‘76 Inuyama City Council Member.

JJETAA – Jamaica
March 26th
“Cranes for Prosperity and Hope”
The JETAA will spearhead a project with other Japanese related organisations to make 1000 cranes. The cranes will be given to the Ambassador of Japan in Japan.

JETAA – Toronto
April 1st 8pm – Hard Rock Café, 279 Yonge St., Toronto
Japan Benefit Party
Toronto JETAA are hosting an event at the Hard Rock Café. There will be live bands, and a silent auction with trips to New York, CN Tower tours and other prizes. All proceeds will go to the Canadian Red Cross’s efforts in Japan.

JETAA – Wellington, New Zealand
30th March – New Zealand wide!
2011 Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami Appeal
An appeal in association with the Red Cross. One element of the appeal is the collection of donations for a sticker and t-shirts designed by Jun Arita, an artist based in NZ. For more information on the event see the website or the facebook page

JETAA – South Africa
The South African chapter of JETAA will be having an eathquake-tsunami relief raffle this Saturday, 26 March. It will be at – Matsuya, Parkview Mall, Garsfontein, Pretoria. The time is 12H00 – 15H00. For more information: +27 12 346 0800

Chicago JETAA

A Night for Nippon: Japan Relief Benefit
April 9th, 7pm – 10pm – Floating World Gallery, 1925 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60614
This special event in aid of the Japan Relief will include appetizers and drinks, live music, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Admission includes 2 complimentary drink tickets. Early registration includes a commemorative silicone braclet.
$35 in advance with Paypal
$40 at the door.

To sign up to this event, please visit

Heartland JETAA
Japanese Film Festival at JCCC
March 27th, 11am – 8.00pm – Johnson County Community College, Carlsen Center 211
A film event in aid of the Japanese Relief. Contributions are accepted in lieu of admission. The doors open at 10.30am.
The scedule is:
11:00 a.m. Anime Feature – Chocolate Underground
12:30 p.m. First Intermission and bento lunch
1:30 p.m.  Second Feature – Harimaya Bridge
3:30 p.m.  Second Intermission and bento lunch
4:30 p.m.  Third Feature – Red Beard
with a 20 minute intermission at 6:00

For more information go to or

Portland JETAA
March 26th, 7pm – 11pm – Bush Garden, 900 SW Morrison Street
JETAA Portland is inviting all Japan affiliated groups to attend this event (such as JASO, Oregon Nikkei Legacy center, Portland Sapporo Sister City Association, Consulate General of Japan, etc.) It is a great chance to network with the many organizations dedicated to promoting Japan and Japanese culture in the Portland community. There will be networking and karaoke from 8pm – 11pm. All net proceeds go to the Oregon Japan Relief Fund.
Bush Garden is providing a special happy hour food and drink menu available throughout the evening. All transactions for food and drink are *CASH ONLY*.Feel free to invite friends and family.
Questions? Contact Beth Schnyder at:
Visit: for more information.

Ottawa JETAA
Hope Benefit
March 27th, 7.00pm – 9.00pm – Governor General Ballroom, Westin Hotel
Tickets are $40 each – please bring cash or cheques to purchase tickets at the door. Tickets may also be purchased online. Proceeds from the event, which includes a silent auction, will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund.
We would like to extend an invitation to you and any of your friends who many be interested in attending the fundraiser. Please RSVP to by March 25, 2011 if you wish to attend. We are also looking for donations for the silent auction – if you have any items to donate, please email the above address.The event will be hosted by Stefan Keyes, CTV Ottawa’s 6PM news reporter, and the Ambassador of Japan is scheduled to speak at the event.

London JETAA and The Japan Society
Japan Underground: Earthquake Appeal
2nd April, 7pm – The Relentless Garage, (N5 1RD)
Our biggest show to date! Live music, comedy and rare item’s from Japan’s biggest stars and entertainment houses up for auction. Every penny from the show will go to the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund Charity ( to help rebuild Japan after the events of 11 March.
In association with:
HMV, MOMA, Manga Entertainment LTD, We Love Anime, Uniqlo, NME, Radio6, It Came From Japan, MCM Expo, Nintendo, Namco Bandai, Terratag, Play for Japan and many more.
More information to follow, please check:



A group of writers in Japan are publishing an ebook to benefit survivors of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku-Kanto earthquake and tsunami.  This project has two goals: to raise money for earthquake victims and to help overseas readers understand more about Japan and the kindness and hospitality of its people.

They have invited all writers and translators to submit short pieces of writing (500-1000 words).  They welcome travel stories, humour pieces, essays, translations from Japanese or other languages, interviews, profiles (of people or places) or other non-fiction work.  Subject matter is up to you; they would like your writing to convey your take on the joys of traveling in Japan or the spirit of cooperation and togetherness demonstrated by residents of Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

All proceeds from the sale of the ebook will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.

Full info is here: