As you all know, I have a great love in my heart for all things Japan. In light of recent events that occurred merely four days ago, I felt compelled to write / say something. The tragedy that struck Japan, a land I called home for nearly four years, is ringing very loudly for me. I still have family over there--my dad, my uncles, aunts, brothers, and cousins--and upon finding out the news of what had happened, my stomach dropped at the notion that I could not do anything. It was a helpless feeling--one that I don't know how to overcome except by trying to live a normal life and trying to be as supportive for those out there. Even writing this seems a little trite knowing that there are people who have lost their homes, their families, their belongings--everything. It is so heartbreaking. And yet, this is a country that will persevere and rebuild itself.
After the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, people didn't know how Japan would recover. But they did and they did so gracefully, efficiently, quickly, and admirably. If that was a testament to their strength and resilience, then I know that Japan will recover with just as much grace, efficiency, speed, and admiration, if not more.
[On a side note, but still completely related, brother-in-law and his design firm have put together an organization where people can donate to the cause. It's called Relief By Design and artists are encouraged to design and sell their work through the site. You can purchase a print--like the one seen above this post--and ALL proceeds go to helping Japan. Not only are they beautiful, it's also for an amazing cause!]
COURTESY OF: RELIEF BY DESIGN