Japan Relief Effort Block Print By Yoshiko Yamamoto
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Our friends at Fair Oak Workshops sent us word of a very special way to support the relief effort for the people of Japan hit by the recent devestating earthquake and tsunami. Yoshiko Yamamoto of the Arts & Crafts Press is offering a very special block print to raise funds for the relief effort. Read more after the jump... Yoshiko's note states: "As you are all aware, the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and partial meltdown of...
Our friends at Fair Oak Workshops sent us word of a very special way to support the relief effort for the people of Japan hit by the recent devestating earthquake and tsunami. Yoshiko Yamamoto of the Arts & Crafts Press is offering a very special block print to raise funds for the relief effort. Read more after the jump...Yoshiko's note states:
"As you are all aware, the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and partial meltdown of the nuclear power plant have been devastating to those who live in the northeastern part of Japan. I am from Tokyo originally and my immediate family still lives there. I thank all of you who have sent me your kind thoughts and concerns for them. So far, they are all fine.
My concern right now is with the more immediate victims - both young and old - who don't have homes, food, clothing, medical care, and whatever else they need simply to live. To raise funds needed for sending urgent medical care and other supplies to the Japanese victims, this week I've decided to donate a new block print for the relief effort. This new block print, which I just finished, is of a seascape of Matsushima Bay just northeast of Sendai along the coastline hit by the tsunami.
The bay, before the earthquake, well-known for its beauty, was one of the three great views of Japan, the "Nihon Sankei" noted in 1643 by the scholar Hayashi Razan. One of the famous haiku attributed to Basho goes:
A-ah, Matsushima, ah,
The simplicity of the haiku signified that Matsushima was so beautiful, Basho could say nothing more about it.
ALL the proceeds from this Matsushima block print ($30/print) will go towards a volunteer organization called Empact Northwest that is in Japan working to provide medical relief in the Sendai area. Empact Northwest is a non-profit medical relief organization who has previously sent many skilled volunteers to regions like Haiti and Sierra Leone. Your donation will go directly to the Japan Relief effort.
As a matter of pride, I'd like to mention that my stepdaughter, Tamara, has been one of the volunteers working on the Japanese relief work. Last Monday she flew to Tokyo for this non-profit organization, Empact Northwest. On Thursday with her group, and accompanied by my stepson, Sosha, who is acting as a translator, they made their way north to Sendai circling around the nuclear power plants in Fukushima. They are there to assess the situation in the Tohoku region and set up places for more volunteer nurses and doctors to follow. Tamara is an emergency room nurse by profession and Sosha is completely bilingual in Japanese and English, skills that are much needed in this emergency. Even with the danger of radiation and continuing aftershocks, they are working day and night because, as Tamara put it "this is when we can do something bigger than ourselves for the rest of the world."
My hope is that you can pass on this message to as many of your friends and families as possible so we can all together offer help for those who are suffering. And let us all hope that the Tohoku region will again become safe, vibrant and beautiful as it used to be and as I have tried to convey in this small print.
This is both a wonderful opportunity to help people in need and have a beautiful momento of your kindness. These prints will undoubtedly go fast, so follow the link to order yours and help the cause.
Image copyright Yoshiko Yamamoto/Arts & Crafts Press