Japan could really use a favor right now

I don’t know if this is actually true, but I feel like relief efforts in Haiti got way more attention than Japan is getting right now. Is it because Japan is further away and better equipped to deal with the catastrophe on their own? Well, I can’t ignore it and here’s how we can help.


(AP Photo/Asahi Shimbun)

The Japanese have a culture to be envied and unless you’re close-minded, you know we can learn a lot from them. Whether it’s their simplicity in design, zen-like patience or sensible diet, I’ve always come away with a feeling that what they’re doing makes so much sense. Hell, even in the crisis the nation faces it’s beautiful to see there has been little to no looting and store owners are slashing prices to help their communities. I’m so impressed I thought I’d at least take the time to list a few ways everyone can help kick-start Japan’s recovery. I’m confident the country can and will get through this, and for the record, all those doomsday believers can suck it. Here’s some mainstream and more interesting ways to contribute:

1) Red Cross – text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or contribute here.

2) Japan Society – make a donation to aid victims of the earthquake here. The organization is also holding a Concert For Japan in NYC where 100% of admission sales will benefit the same relief fund. Thanks TBD for the tip!

3) Design Taxi – this organization is donating 100% of profits through March from new account sign-ups and portfolio extensions to help Japanese creatives get back on their feet. You can also donate by purchasing this poster.

3) Hide & Seek Clothing – the indie clothing shop is selling this awesome Japan shirt. When you pre-order the shirt, all profit helps aid relief efforts. Thanks @jakeandamir.